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  • 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 […]

     
  • On the politics of ‘Hindu History’

    On the politics of ‘Hindu History’

    One of the first important nominations by the Narendra Modi government is the appointment of the retired History professor, Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, as head of the Indian Council of Historical Research. As I could see from spontaneous comments appearing in my mailbox, Hindu-minded historians and intellectuals tend to be very […]

     
  • Kaala Patthar and the story of a new Indian Empire

    Kaala Patthar and the story of a new Indian Empire

    More than two millennia ago, Megasthenes, a Greek ethnographer, explorer and ambassador of king Seleucus to the then Mauryan Empire, made possibly the greatest single observation about India that has never really been accorded due credit by our own historians for many centuries now. Megasthenes clearly and unequivocally stated that […]