It’s not about the ‘Left’ or ‘Right’, but about ‘power’

In our theatres of war, brought to us live on primetime television and on social media, we are presented with a rampant muscular ‘Right’ taking on an anti-national ‘Left’. But if you look closely, you will realise that the political and social conflicts that are being tagged as “Right vs Left” have almost nothing to …

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What CEOs want

Adi Godrej: Activate the cabinet committee on investments to take quick decisions to clear the large number of projects held up for one reason or the otherKiran Mazumdar Shaw: A cabinet committee on investments to fast-track large projectsChanda Kochchar: improve the investment climate and for that you need to clarify the approach towards access to …

Murky land deals in Haryana

Its partly amusing when public perception (not necessarily knowledge) is proven right. This article in The Hindu today investigates the murky land deals in Haryana, particularly in and around Gurgaon, where my office is one of the many located in shiny glass buildingsLast week, Business Standard reported that the 3.53-acre plot of land in Manesar …

The politics of globally published data: looking at World Bank data on China

Useful reading for anyone using data put out by international agenciesStatistics prepared by international agencies are valued because they are considered accurate and reliable. But are they? Two stories about World Bank statistics tell us how the data it compiles are vulnerable to manipulation by interested parties. National and international statistical offices always operate in the tension between professional standards of objectivity and political insistence on certain results. …