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  • MHRD’s Assault on Institutions of  Excellence. This is not done Mr Modi

    MHRD’s Assault on Institutions of Excellence. This is not done Mr Modi

    Dear Friends I have been underwhelmed by Modi’s choices in the last two months. I fully understand that no one can legitimately expect any visible change in two months and that he would need a lot, lot more time to clean up the messes of the previous regime. But, I […]

     
  • The Empire Will Strike Back

    The Empire Will Strike Back

     If there is one advantage that the Congress still holds over the BJP even after its humiliating decimation in 2014 General Elections, it is the entrenchment of their belief system within the New Delhi establishment – extending across party lines (especially the ‘secular’ ones) into the bureaucracy, a section of […]

     
  • Explaining Indian Sports Weakness through Economics

    Explaining Indian Sports Weakness through Economics

    In India, economic sense and thus cost benefit analysis makes non-sports options less costly relative to sports given the level of benefits.

     
  • Want to fix price rise? Let them hoard!

    Want to fix price rise? Let them hoard!

    Narendra Modi and his ministers are insisting that the current problem of high prices for specific agricultural products is due to speculative hoarding and not due to supply shortages1 2. Given the assumption of hoarding being the source of the problem, the solution presents itself naturally and effortlessly. If hoarding […]

     
  • The Perpetually “Offended”, “Communal” and Sanctimonious Left

    The Perpetually “Offended”, “Communal” and Sanctimonious Left

    Two days ago, I had written a post titled “Understanding #IndianswithIsrael Better” in the blogs section of The Times of Israel. The idea of the post was to primarily understand the reasons behind the kind of support Israel has received for its ongoing campaign against Hamas from several Hindus in […]

     
  • The Hypocrisy of the Media’s Selective Outrage

    The Hypocrisy of the Media’s Selective Outrage

    Last week was characterized by two noteworthy events. A catering contractor, who served sub-standard food, was force-fed a roti by a Shiv Sena MP. It turned out that the contractor was a Muslim on Roza (fast) .The act was caught on camera and caused a furore. The MP claimed that […]

     
  • Understanding Poverty

    Understanding Poverty

    Poverty According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), poverty is not a one-dimensional phenomenon (e.g. “only” a lack of money) but a multidimensional issue that requires a wide range of solutions for a wide range of problems. When we talk about poverty, we are talking about absolute poverty. Absolute […]

     
  • The Union Budget and the North-East – a quick look

    The Union Budget and the North-East – a quick look

    There are multiple problems of the North East, and the budget does well to endeavor to tackle some of the basic hindrances, especially infrastructure. Given the previous budgets as a metric, this budget shines out because of the focus on infrastructure, especially transport.

     
  • Second Coming: Genius v/s The Machine

    Second Coming: Genius v/s The Machine

    [Second Coming is a regular column during the 2014 football world cup dedicated to my late brother] For 84 minutes of that match, El Diego was a marked man as the German number 8 was constantly shadowing him. The Argentine maestro had neither the space nor the freedom to make […]