Those who say demonetisation is good in the long run should recall the quote: ‘In the long run we are all dead’. -Dr. Manmohan Singh (Former Primer Minister, Economist) November 11, 2017| The monumental action by the government of India to scrap Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- currency notes from the country on November 8, 2016 recently… Read More Why demonetisation failed? Celebrating one year of the historical Indian debacle.
Demonetisation per se, as per recent economic statistics, has turned out to be a regressive step. As most of the observers seem to agree, it was a failure in relative to the costs it imposed on the country and its people. The whataboutery of the government as to what this regressive step might manage to… Read More India’s monumental failure: Demonetisation and The Haunting Voodoo Interventions
There are a few institutions of higher education in India, wherewith only a handful of them nurture talent and produce research of global recognition. When institutions of quality learning and research are scarce, would it be justified on restricting the entry in them? Or would it be justified to consider reducing the number of admission to these… Read More Why weakening an educational institute would harm a society?
Recently, in a political discourse, a high-end political entity called Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi alias Mahatma Gandhi inter alia Bapu, as a chatur baniya. Although highly uncalled for, this ragged statement was highly prerogative. But if not taken in its literal sense, was it wrong? “In March 1922”, as quoted by Ramchandra Guha- “Gandhi was arrested… Read More Does Gandhi have a caste?A take on the chatur baniya comment.
There is an urgent need to bring politics, business, and science together in the times of de-globalisation. One wonders if we might ever appoint a businessman as our top diplomat. Imagine Mukesh Ambani Sharad Pawar (India’s richest man), running India’s diplomatic business and sitting in the cabinet committee. Quite unlikely! The bonafide and powerful argument is… Read More The need to bring politics, business, and science together (pun)
Nationally and internationally we have seen a rising debate on the issue of nationalism versus free speech. Varying from news channels to newspapers- CNN (IBN) “the fanatic” to the Times Republic- “Nation wants to know”- the stories sound familiar. The headlines are the same, the language identical, and the narrative interchangeable. The news channels in… Read More Media And The Habit Of Creating Breaking News Out Of A Wrong Story
It has been 50 years since the death of Che Guevara. Yet, his dying legacy lies trapped between the coming of age travelogue and t-shirt logos. In the hind-set he seems no different than the posters of Bob Marley, with smokers seemingly unaware of the difference between the two. But, who was Che Guevara? Before he… Read More The Trapped Che Guevara
I have been stunned by the alarming development in India’s political fiasco i.e. the rising vigilantism under the shed of cow protection inter alia the rise of gau rakshaks (“cow protectors”). But do we really need cow protectors? If yes, then what should cow protectors be protecting? If their pseudo-moral responsibility is limited to the… Read More What India really needs: cow protection or protection of human rights?
The Oslo Accords, between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, are two agreements primarily consisting of Oslo I Accord signed in Washington D.C. in the year 1993  and Oslo II Accord signed in Taba, Egypt in the year 1995 under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Happening to be the first… Read More What are Oslo Accords- Palestine and a De-Facto Recognition
Two decades ago Japan was in open condemnation of Indian nuclear programme which was inclusive of its desire for a collective international economic imposition on India. Howsoever, today the world saw India and Japan cooperating to facilitate the establishment of a high speed bullet train line between Mumbai to Ahmedabad, the foundation of which has… Read More What Led India and Japan Closer to Cooperate Under the Current Asian Political Scenario?