New Delhi has shelved the disposal of the indebted national carrier after failing to attract bidders. It’s a bad time to push privatisation, with a general election looming. If Premier Narendra Modi wins the poll, though, the p-word could still be his big reform set piece.
The state has been stealthily reducing its role in industry by allowing private players to gain market share. There's appetite for a more aggressive approach. If national carrier Air India can be sold, look for banks, energy and other assets to follow if Modi wins a second term. This is a Breakingviews prediction for 2018. To see more of our predictions, click here.