In India the corrupt get power, and the absolutely corrupt get absolute power

Reading Aroon Purie's India Today (Jan 10th issue) editorial reminded me of what you need to have to live a fulfilling life and happy life: only three simple things -- robust health, killer looks, and a humongous bank balance. Here's why. He writes: I believe India has to take two simple steps and we will … Continue reading In India the corrupt get power, and the absolutely corrupt get absolute power

Wikileaks is good for the Third World

The other day a friend asked me, "I have often heard about India being a third-world country. What exactly is the third world?" It struck me that most of us are ignorant about what that exactly means. I said to my friend that "third world" was an euphemism for “desperately poor extremely underdeveloped starving nations … Continue reading Wikileaks is good for the Third World

We need a Paradigm Shift regarding Dr Manmohan Singh

The Copernican Revolution. In the Western tradition, the idea that the sun revolves around the earth -- geocentrism -- is known as the Ptolemaic model. It was a notion that led people to explain astronomical observations such as the movements of planets with convoluted arguments and constructs. In 1543 Copernicus provided an alternative hypothesis -- … Continue reading We need a Paradigm Shift regarding Dr Manmohan Singh

The Fountainhead of Corruption

Dr Subramanian Swamy is pulling no punches in his fight against corruption in India. He appears to be the only high-profile politician who has taken up cudgels against Antonia Maino, aka Sonia Gandhi, the woman who appointed Dr Manmohan Singh the prime minister of the Congress-led UPA government. I wish that there were others in … Continue reading The Fountainhead of Corruption

What Holds India Back

In August in a post, Is the Indian Government the Greatest Enemy of India’s Prosperity?, I had quoted a WSJ piece which read in part, "Because India’s entrepreneurs have succeeded amid dysfunctional government and financial institutions by developing a kind of independent and experimental ingenuity, it stands to reason that the enterprising class would prosper … Continue reading What Holds India Back

Manmohan Singh is really and truly a despicably dishonest man

Mohan Murti writing in Business Line of May 31 asks "Is the nation in a coma?" I think so. The nation's leaders are dishonest, corrupt, venal, and criminal. Yet the citizens don't seem to know or care. The most telling fact is that Dr Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of the country, is an astonishingly … Continue reading Manmohan Singh is really and truly a despicably dishonest man

Nehru’s Position on Corruption in High Places

Ever wonder why India is so corrupt? Because like three-day old fish, the rot starts at the top. Now you know what the top was at the time of India's independence and therefore you must have had your conjectures. Now wonder no more. An innocuous looking little item in the Hindu of Jan 9, 2010 … Continue reading Nehru’s Position on Corruption in High Places