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

Nepotism and Modi

The word nepotism and the name Narendra Modi do not belong in the same sentence. Just read this piece The Other Modis (Dec 29, 2017 2016) in the IndiaToday magazine. While the story is very interesting and it does show up as a shining exception to the pervasive nepotism of politicians, I am not too touched … Continue reading Nepotism and Modi

PM Modi’s Letter on Completion of 1 Month in Office

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote "A few thoughts as we complete a month in office." I came across it in QUARTZ. QZ requested annotations. Someone named Vincent Lee did a fine job of summarizing the letter. Here are the annotations: I'm your pal. I love that people love me. My job is hard. But I … Continue reading PM Modi’s Letter on Completion of 1 Month in Office

Narendrabhai Modi, the Man who will Transform India

India’s Phase Transition Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi’s administration can be considered to be a “phase transition” for India’s economy, to borrow a concept from thermodynamics. Phase transitions are abrupt, often discontinuous changes in systems that alter the degrees of freedom available to it. A familiar example of such a transition is the change from … Continue reading Narendrabhai Modi, the Man who will Transform India

Shri Narendra Modi’s Address at the BJP National Council Meeting in Delhi

A nation's prosperity eventually depends on its policies. The policies that obtain, in turn, depend on the objectives of the policymakers. Who these policymakers are is usually determined by the collective -- through some democratic process but regardless of the details, the policymakers are ultimately chosen by consensus. No nation can be governed, dictatorially or … Continue reading Shri Narendra Modi’s Address at the BJP National Council Meeting in Delhi