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Alternate Dystopias

As you might know, I have been writing extensively about demonetization. In case you have missed some of the articles on medium, they are here: While demonetization is undoubtedly important — perhaps the single most important economic-financial event anywhere in the world after the 2008 recession — and it affects the lives of the Indian poor much more than […]

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Demonetizing small business

An earlier version of this article used the term Lala for trader, which could be taken as a derogatory reference. My apologies. I am old enough to remember the BJP of Madan Lal Khurana. Not when he was the chief minister of Delhi, but much before, when he was the voice of the trader during […]

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Permanent Demonetization

It’s an error to compare today’s demonetization to what happened in 1946 and 1978, for those were simply cases of removal. What’s being attempted today is the wholesale replacement of one financial system — based on cash — with another financial system, based on credit and electronic trade. It’s not a surgical strike; it’s bypass surgery on an unwilling […]

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The Anti-Corruption Cult

All of us know that corruption runs throughout the Indian government; from the very bottom to the very top. Need a water connection: pay up. Need a building permit: pay up. We now also know that corruption is no longer an individual matter — it’s not a clerk or an officer collecting bribes for himself, but an […]

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I am, by all accounts, a sickular adarsh liberal.

I am, by all accounts, a sickular adarsh liberal. I am entirely for gender equality, LGBT rights, religious freedom and equal protection under the law of all citizens. I am against most ideas of development, especially those that replace green things with metallic ones. I am against the eating of meat, whether beef, pork or […]

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Unity

Before a climber attempts to scale a peak, he consults other mountaineers, asks them about potential pitfalls and inquires about routes that make the climb easier. No one ever climbs a mountain for the first time. It’s sheer foolishness to set out from one’s door in jeans and T-shirt and expect to scale Sagarmatha in […]

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Development is dead

A well written and well argued article by Ravi Chopra. It is time we retired the word development. All sentient beings have a basic need to flourish. That means we can’t club all impediments to wealth creation, that too for a few, into a blanket term like ‘externality’ and screw the rest of the world. […]

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Think locally, act globally

I just heard that Ratan Tata gave MIT a whole lot of money to create a new Tata Center for Technology and Design. The mandate of the Tata center is to design and build technology that addresses Indian needs. I believe that at one point he was considering giving the same money to IISc. One […]

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Jobs for the boys

When I look at the state of education in India, it brings tears to my eyes. We have one of the youngest populations in the world, but most of us are either illiterate or poorly educated. Really, when I think about it, most Indians have only one skill: moving stuff from one location to another […]