Disasters, Price Gouging, Greed, Ignorance, and Stupidity

You can bet on this fact: that occasionally there will be natural disasters like floods, fires, and earthquakes. You can also bet on a follow-on fact: that in those places, prices of essential goods and services will go up. And finally you can bet your life on this: that popular accusations of price gouging by … Continue reading Disasters, Price Gouging, Greed, Ignorance, and Stupidity

Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Right to Bear Arms

I respect two former prime minsters of India -- Shri PV Narasimha Rao and Shri AB Vajpayee. If only they had had the mandate to make those fundamental changes that they wanted to make. Both, unfortunately, did not have the necessary popular support in the parliament. And equally unfortunately, those prime ministers who did have … Continue reading Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Right to Bear Arms

Why I will not pull the lever

The trolley problem¬†posits the scenario that the trolley would kill five unsuspecting people along its tracks but by pulling a lever it can be sent along a different route where only one person would get killed. Would you pull the lever? The trolley problem is a hypothetical intended to provoke discussion and to illuminate moral … Continue reading Why I will not pull the lever

L&T “Make in India” Tanks

I am so thrilled to be forwarded on Whatsapp a bunch of pictures with the caption, "First Tank Delivery By L&T under "Make In India". The message approvingly said, "Proud Moment For India." Here are the pictures:¬† I always find it astonishing the love people have for the weapons of mass destruction. It is always … Continue reading L&T “Make in India” Tanks