An era of darkness – the tail end

Shashi Tharoor's latest book, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India is making waves. One of the most befuddling legacies of when 'Brexit from India' happened in 1947 was the creation of Pakistan and East Pakistan, separated by about 2000 miles of Indian territory. One last destructive gambit to destabilise the sub-continent. And … Continue reading An era of darkness – the tail end

Does the Gates’ Letter 2017 answer Warren Buffett’s questions?

Melinda and Bill Gates have made an annual tradition of publishing their thoughts on their work in global development, the challenges they face, and their goals for the future. These letters are a manifesto for their philanthropic work, most of which is channelled through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates structured their 2017 … Continue reading Does the Gates’ Letter 2017 answer Warren Buffett’s questions?

Where is the promised windfall from demonetisation?

The Economic Survey 2016/17 was striking not only for its literary references, but also for its circumspect nature. One of major the drivers of this circumspection (which is not a trait one associates with the Narendra Modi government) was the yet-to-be-ascertained impact of demonetisation. The Economic Survey was cautious in saying that it would take … Continue reading Where is the promised windfall from demonetisation?

India’s threats to Amazon serve to only expose our own insecurities

India's External Affairs Minister (EAM), Sushma Swaraj recently broke new ground. Amazon Canada was selling a doormat that was designed to look like India's national flag. As soon as a Twitter user pointed this out to her, Sushma Swaraj responded with three tweets. With these three tweets, India's EAM lived up to her reputation of … Continue reading India’s threats to Amazon serve to only expose our own insecurities

Notebandi & its woes: Why we must protest the narrative of ‘normalisation’

A slightly different version of this column appeared first on Catch News on 13/1/17 *** It is now well over fifty days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 500 and 1000 rupee notes were no longer legal tender – a policy popularly known as ‘demonetisation’. In the new year, economists, bankers and accountants are busy … Continue reading Notebandi & its woes: Why we must protest the narrative of ‘normalisation’

Non-authoritarian states can practise ‘everyday authoritarianism’ too

Cornell University’s Tom Pepinsky has a terrific post on how everyday authoritarianism can be boring and even tolerable. He uses the example of Malaysia and draws lessons for the US. Pepinsky concludes with this: “The fantasy of authoritarianism distracts Americans from the mundane ways in which the mechanisms of political competition and checks and balances … Continue reading Non-authoritarian states can practise ‘everyday authoritarianism’ too