December 2007

Quick test

Think of top ten non-Ghandhi politicians from the Indian National Congress. Among them, count those who can win an election by themselves — no, not a state, just their constituency. If only such a thing as Hindi heartland did not exist.

Governance

A conversation with a cousin included the mandatory sentences, filled with sadness, about the recent flooding in the Delta districts and consequent washout of crops ready to be harvested in a week’s time. The reply was swift — ‘Don’t even bother. After all this works best — Karunanidhi government will either equal or do better [...]

Governance

A conversation with a cousin included the mandatory sentences, filled with sadness, about the recent flooding in the Delta districts and consequent washout of crops ready to be harvested in a week’s time. The reply was swift — ‘Don’t even bother. After all this works best — Karunanidhi government will either equal or do better [...]

Puke of the Day

His favorite book gives his license! I have one question. Did that book not tell him anything about separating his column from his blog? Or, how one’s opinions may have a price which is non-zero?

Notebook of a return to my native land

Read this special piece on NRIs returning to India. It should not have been written, and even if it has been, it should not have been read. I could have rather spent an evening re-reading Aimé Césaire´s  “Notebook of a Return to my Native Land” Brain Drain is an over-used concept. It appears to imply that the average IQ [...]

Calling Maanga boys

Look. We missed an obvious opportunity. All clever boys who can come up with widgets are hereby requested to work on ‘Bet on the NY Times most popular story‘ thing with immediate effect. Bastard boy, kindly.

The limits of a classical liberal

As someone fond of describing myself as classical liberal, I have always been surprised by my instinctive opposition to global warming, emissions trading and the like. Socialists welcome limits on emissions, as these imply limits on economic growth and bring back re-distribution on the agenda. For a liberal, economic growth and free trade should be [...]

Africa

In economics, we appear to be in the same situation that Wittgenstein appeared to be when he wrote the Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus. He said that most problems were not philosophical problems at all, but problems of language. Since he also felt that most philosophical problems had been solved (notably by him) after the first world war, he [...]

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