Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation's Passage through Crisis and Change
It is a curious phenomenon. Problematic issues in the political economy seem to be governed by a peculiar circle of governance.
6 hours ago
India’s banks, as on May 25, 2018, hold about Rs 110 lakh crore of hard-earned money belonging to the public.
17 Jun 2018
Oscar Wilde was that rare genius who could turn the familiar into epiphany and lace tragedy with irony.
10 Jun 2018
Chaos! It’s a word you could use to characterize what US President Donald Trump has triggered across the world by blending the abstract with the arbitrary.
10 Jun 2018
The fourth lesson is that public enterprises are making losses or losing market share in every sector where they are in competition with private entities.
03 Jun 2018
Every economic crisis in India has been triggered by excess of dollar spending over dollar earnings leading to a foreign exchange crisis.
27 May 2018
A week, it is said, is a long time in politics. So it is for the economy.
20 May 2018
There is consensus on the need to create jobs—Congress promises one crore jobs and the BJP promises to skill and employ an equal number.
06 May 2018
On Thursday, a school bus carrying schoolchildren was run over by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh—13 children lost their lives and eight were grievously hurt.
29 Apr 2018
As with simultaneous equations, the decision for simultaneous elections must pass the test of producing a solution that satisfies the number of unknowns.
22 Apr 2018
A quarter of a century ago, Parliament passed two amendments to the Constitution to empower governance at panchayats and municipal bodies.
15 Apr 2018
The kinetics of karma essentially rests on belief in the principle of causality, in action and reaction, and is Newtonian in concept.
08 Apr 2018
A narrative of north versus south, them versus us, Centre versus states with splices of rationality riveted with rhetoric has come to occupy centre stage.
01 Apr 2018
The legendary writer James Joyce once said, “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant.”
25 Mar 2018
Conventional wisdom is experiencing a sense of déja vu.
Conventional wisdom has it that the exit of TDP led by N Chandrababu Naidu is eerily like 2004.
18 Mar 2018
The micro details from states enable a better comprehension of the distance between what is and what can be in the political economy.
11 Mar 2018
The lexicon defines juggernaut as “a massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path”.
04 Mar 2018
You could dub them item songs of the political economy. Every few months, India’s state governments arrange alluring alliteration, hype and hope to hog headlines and attract the attention of moolah mo
25 Feb 2018
S CAM! It is a perfect acronym for 'Swindler Carted Away Money'. Folklore has it that the phrase scam came into the urban lexicon after an FBI operation called ABSCAM to track and nail the nexus betwe
18 Feb 2018
It is now a fixture on the social media’s weekly calendar. Every few days some busybody comes up with an alternative view of identity, an alternative view on science and an alternative view of politic
11 Feb 2018
I have to live for others and not for myself, that’s middle-class morality”. The satirical thrust of George Bernard Shaw’s words from Pygmalion has come to haunt and taunt the middle class once again.
04 Feb 2018
T he Union Budget comes in the wake of much social and economic angst amongst farmers, the youth, small businesses and the urban middle class.
28 Jan 2018
Every major reform in India tends to be historic when it comes to be. Historic because they are in the making for years and arrive in the wake of decade-plus history of political promise and perfidy.
21 Jan 2018
There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
14 Jan 2018