Ashish K. Mishra

Managing Editor , The Ken

Ashish edits and writes stories at The Ken. Across subjects. In his last assignment, he was a Deputy Editor at Mint, a financial daily published by HT Media. At the paper, he wrote long, deeply reported feature stories. His earlier assignments: Forbes India magazine and The Economic Times. Born in Kolkata. Studied in New Delhi – B.Com from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. Works out of anywhere, where there is a good story to be told.

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Uber's retreat from India

Niten, I hear your lament. I have said the same. This is from the copy: "On the face of it, not calling India a priority market may feel like an admission of defeat. No, it is not. India’s diminishing importance in Uber’s scheme of things is an admission of sanity prevailing over haemorrhaging cash-burn." Retreat is an act of moving back. The copy illustrates that. Uber wanted to do a lot more in India and isn't doing it anymore. You can sit in both camps and say, yeah, this is good; someone else, not so good. But that’s not what we have done. We’ve said sanity over cash burn. We have said additional things. Like Dara’s perspective on India taking a long time. The sale of Uber Eats. Not for one moment have we judged the current event as good or bad. Employees feel a little despondent and I think you can't really decide on how one must feel in a situation.

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Uber's retreat from India

Fair points Kishore. The fat lady sings when it must but our piece isn't a swan song. It puts into perspective what's happening on the ground today. What's happening is that the India business doesn't have any resemblance of the earlier aggression. By all indications, other than getting people from A to B, nothing else that Uber does globally, food, logistics, driverless cars; nothing is really planned for India. It is a calculated retreat, from the earlier win at all costs approach.

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