Check the Emperor’s health

There are three reasons why governments, like humans, act irrationally rather than the rational economic agents they are supposed to be.  My time is up First, if governments perceive that their time in office is limited there is nothing to be lost by dropping all restraints and doing whatever they wish to – a daring […]

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Musing with Grandpa Modi

No, the Prime Minister has not become a biological grandfather. But he has adopted all of India’s poor – all 400 million of them – around 80 million families- by the extant definition of those needing support in these times of stress. Vibing with the poor To be fair, this fascination with helping the poor […]

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Use COVID to heal society

The bad news emanating from the slowing Indian economy over the last two years makes it counter-intuitive to imagine that COVID could be a blessing in disguise for halting the slow grind downwards.  A crisis is also an opportunity COVID is a crisis and India – all of it- including whataboutery experts, cynics and most […]

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The C virus and us urban Indians

“Wish the Corona came with free Tacos” is just one version of the many macabre jokes doing the social media rounds. Another is “Covid-19 has done more for Digital India than Demon”. Put these two together and you get exactly the right way to think about what it’s done to urban India. Urban India most […]

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Is India the global fall-guy?

It can’t be very gratifying being the Finance Minister when the International Monetary Fund is calling out India for being a growth laggard pulling down world growth in 2019 to 2.9 per cent (from 3.3 per cent forecast earlier) and in 2020 to 3.4 per cent (from 3.6 per cent forecast earlier). International Financial Institutions […]

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