An ad from 1947: “The Uphill Task Ahead”

My friend Veer shared this advertisement from 1947. After 68 years, Indians are still fighting a war on poverty and it is still an "Uphill Task Ahead." Very little has changed since 1947 in the economic environment, and what little change there has been regressive. Certainly relative to 1947, Indians have progressed but relative to … Continue reading An ad from 1947: “The Uphill Task Ahead”

The most dangerous man to any government

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change … Continue reading The most dangerous man to any government

Individual Freedom and Bondage

First post of 2014 and therefore sets the tone for the rest of the year -- freedom. Individual freedom. Actually, freedom is about individuals. Collectives are really an abstraction and in reality only individuals exist. So to say that a particular collective is free -- Indians or Americans or Africans -- what is really meant … Continue reading Individual Freedom and Bondage

The distinction between Rights and Freedoms.

Now for the important matter of the distinction between rights and freedoms. Of late, there has been a proliferation of rights. There's the right to information, right to employment, right to food, right to education, and so on. Somehow people start thinking that the expansion of rights enhances freedom but in fact it is the … Continue reading The distinction between Rights and Freedoms.

India’s Much Vaunted Freedom

I think the reports of India's independence from colonial rule are severely exaggerated. Indians have been under foreign rule for several centuries and have become accustomed to being treated like irresponsible slaves, demanding to be controlled. Sure they do "democratically" determine who will rule them, but in the end, they are still slaves entrusted with … Continue reading India’s Much Vaunted Freedom