While we teach children physics and poetry, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the goal of education is to create citizens who will create a just and flourishing society. For that, not only do we need to teach subjects such as mathematics, we need to teach the art of citizenship itself. I have … Read more Praja Factory
Five of the worst books ever written that are displayed prominently in Indian bookstores: 5. Arindam Chaudhuri’s “Count your chickens before they hatch.” In a crowded field of snake oil salesmen, AC has a prominent position. Really prominent, as in full page ads in major newspapers. 4. Dale Carnegie’s “How to win friends and influence … Read more The Un-Book Shelf
I was talking to a few lawyer friends of mine yesterday night. They told me how the government is beginning to tax “below market price” share transfers. There is a good intention behind this policy. As it so turns out, the bleeding edge of corruption is not suitcases full of cash. Instead politicians — Andhra ones are … Read more Where’s the public in public administration?
Traffic is a good metaphor for the rest of India. Here is a short primer: Everyone runs red lights, but buses do it more often than others. Policemen fix the red light by making it turn green as their van approaches one. Chief ministers ignore red lights since traffic has been cleared for their motorcade. … Read more Traffic sense