On the Distress of Indian Farmers – The Introduction

Of the three major sectors of any economy, agriculture is the primary sector. It is prior in time and naturally enough forms the basis for the other two sectors -- manufacturing and services. Without a solid foundation provided by an efficient agricultural sector, no society can prosper. Everybody -- factory workers, quantum physicists, doctors, programmers, … Continue reading On the Distress of Indian Farmers – The Introduction

Sardar Patel, Power, Persuasion and Statue

The Sardar Patel statue, also called "The Statue of Unity" which is to be unveiled tomorrow Oct 31st, is the biggest statue in the world at 182 meters tall. Built at the cost of Rs 3000 crores, it must be impressive to behold because of its sheer size. It is supposed to represent unity of … Continue reading Sardar Patel, Power, Persuasion and Statue

Three Lessons of Development Economics, or Why Utsav Mitra is Mistaken

The first lesson of development economics is that economic policies matter. Even if a country has everything going for it, lack of good policies condemn it to poverty. So it is easy to believe that if only good policies were known to those in power, economic development would necessarily follow. My good friend, the globe-trotting … Continue reading Three Lessons of Development Economics, or Why Utsav Mitra is Mistaken

MediaCrooks: Spuriousity Killed the Katju

If you have not been reading Media Crooks, you have been missing one of the sanest, most incisive commentator on Indian current affairs you could ever find anywhere -- mainstream media, social media, off-line, online, wherever. I am an unabashed admirer of Media Crooks. I am a fan. Media Crooks sets the gold standard that … Continue reading MediaCrooks: Spuriousity Killed the Katju

SOPA, PIPA, and Indian Censorship

Sometimes looking at the way the government does things one wonders whether the lunatics are running the loony bin. But perhaps the truth is not funny at all, and more horrifying: the people running the country are not crazy but rather they are terrifyingly smart and know exactly what they are doing and why. Their … Continue reading SOPA, PIPA, and Indian Censorship

Yes, India is a Democracy

But that's too generic a description. Besides being too general a description, democracy is hardly a comprehensive description of the Indian government. Surely, the democracy found in say Switzerland is quite different from what's in India. We need better descriptors of Indian governance. Here's a partial list, offered in the hope that you will add … Continue reading Yes, India is a Democracy

India’s Current Leadership

Observing what's going on in India these days, I am filled with loathing and fear. What kind of monsters occupy India's highest public offices! I stand with H. L. Mencken when he wrote, “It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. … Continue reading India’s Current Leadership