The Panchatantra — Textbook of Niti

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

Thomas Schelling (April 14, 1921 – December 13, 2016) RIP

Celebrated economist Thomas Schelling died today at the age of 95. He was the recipient of the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for "having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis". I note his passing because he was instrumental in my recognizing that I belonged to his tribe -- that I … Continue reading Thomas Schelling (April 14, 1921 – December 13, 2016) RIP

Indian court orders “compulsory license” of Bayer’s cancer drug

This opens up an interesting can of worms. But first, here are some excerpts from the Huffington Post article "India Cancer Ruling Opens Door For Cheaper Drugs": On Monday, the Indian Patent Office effectively ended Bayer's monopoly for its Nexavar drug and issued its first-ever compulsory license allowing local generic maker Natco Pharma to make … Continue reading Indian court orders “compulsory license” of Bayer’s cancer drug

Books about the Current State of the Indian Economy

In a comment to a blog post, "Stupidity at the Core of Human Misery," Eric asked about books that explore the current state of the Indian economy. Here's what I feel about the popular literature on India's economy. Loknath kindly mentioned a few popular books on the Indian economy by various authors (here, and here.) … Continue reading Books about the Current State of the Indian Economy

Links are good: David Weinberger

You never thought of the web reflecting the morality that permeates human behavior, did you? I did not. I just read a fine article on the topic. The article title by David Weinberger, "The Morality of Links", is a tad disturbing to me because it smacks of anthropomorphism but the article is a delight to … Continue reading Links are good: David Weinberger