The following is an extended edited excerpt from Arthur Ryder's introduction to his translation of the Panchatantra. What's the book about? Ryder begins his introduction with: "The Panchatantra contains the most widely known stories in the world. If it were further declared that the Panchatantra is the best collection of stories in the world, the assertion … Continue reading The Panchatantra — Textbook of Niti
Asking "Did Britain impoverish India?" is like asking "Is water wet?" Of course, Britain impoverished India during their rule as the colonial masters of India. To extract wealth from a colony and exploit its people is the primary motivation for colonization. Expecting the colonial masters to be a benign, self-sacrificing force is delusional. Colonization is not … Continue reading Did Britain Impoverish India?
To understand the relationship between producing, consuming, saving and investment, it is useful to start with a simple story. Imagine a Robinson Crusoe economy -- just one person in it. RC's consumption is limited to what he can produce by fishing, hunting and gathering. He allocates his time either laboring or enjoying leisure. If he … Continue reading Saving and Investment
The Sardar Patel statue, also called "The Statue of Unity" which is to be unveiled tomorrow Oct 31st, is the biggest statue in the world at 182 meters tall. Built at the cost of Rs 3000 crores, it must be impressive to behold because of its sheer size. It is supposed to represent unity of … Continue reading Sardar Patel, Power, Persuasion and Statue
The 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of Transparency International ranked Pakistan at 117 out of 180 countries. India was ranked 81, worse than China at 77. The top spots are (in order) New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore. US comes in at 16, Japan at 20, Bhutan at 26. The correlation between poverty and … Continue reading Corruption Perceptions Index, and Jesus and Mo
Recently I got to know about Zoom and even had a zoom webinar a few days ago. I think we should give Zoom a spin and hold an "ask me anything" session. Just generally chat. Particularly we can discuss why Shabana Azmi is a moron. Here are the details: If you click on the image … Continue reading Ask Me Anything — On Zoom
You know why free speech? Because we humans are not infinitely wise. That's all. If we, or some of us, were infinitely wise, we would be able to tell which speech was OK and which not-OK. Then the wise could sort out which speech to allow. But none of us is infinitely wise. The way … Continue reading Free Speech and Hate Speech