Debunking Myths about China and India

Pranab Bardhan, a professor of mine at UC Berkeley, whom we have met before here (see Crouching Tiger, Lumbering Elephant, and Pranab Bardhan on the Indian Economy, for instance) has an excellent article in the Boston Review titled "What Makes a Miracle: Some myths about the Rise of China and India." (Hat tip: Yuvaraj Galada.) … Continue reading Debunking Myths about China and India

Rewriting Indian History: Book review by CJS Wallia

The following is a review of Francois Gautier's Rewriting Indian History. (New Delhi: Vikas Publishing 1996). The reviewer is C J S Wallia who writes: From my own perspective as a secular humanist, I believe that any whitewashing of historical record is counterproductive. No matter how lofty the ideals of a current cause, any whitewash … Continue reading Rewriting Indian History: Book review by CJS Wallia

Sunday Silliness: West versus South Carolina

The following is a 1-minute video of a contestant in the Miss Teen USA 2007 contest. The video has been viewed around 22 million times on YouTube and accumulated over 65 thousand comments, and hundreds of video responses. Here's Miss South Carolina attempting to answer a question which explores why many Americans are ignorant of … Continue reading Sunday Silliness: West versus South Carolina