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Against Jallikattu

In case you want to know my opinion, you don’t need to read any further since the title says it all. In case you want to know why I think so, the following words might have some value. Jallikattu is one…

Cashless Crusaders I: Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai?

You can argue with opinions, but it’s hard to argue with data. Indiaspend has an interesting article on the keywords used in Modi’s post-demonetization speeches. Here’s a graphical summary in figure one: Figure 1: From Indiaspend: “How Modi Changed (And…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…