Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation's Passage through Crisis and Change
We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.
21 Oct 2018
India, like other countries, must shape up or slip into contagion and crisis.
14 Oct 2018
Hashtags have emerged as the new milestones in economic history.
07 Oct 2018
The Swachh Bharat Cess, the Krishi Kalyan Cess, the Bidi Cess, Sugar Cess, Automobile Cess, and Clean Energy Cess as also surcharge on Pan Masala have been subsumed into the GST.
30 Sep 2018
Alan Greenspan said amidst the Asian Contagion in October 1997 that if not the contagion something else would have been the cause for a revaluation.
23 Sep 2018
An old adage preaches rather piously that you cannot escape responsibility for tomorrow by evading it today.
16 Sep 2018
There is a booming industry in petro price jokes. Videos and words from the past are haunting the BJP in 2018, writes Shankar Aiyar.
09 Sep 2018
The journey from systemic somnolence to stated “concern” to panic depends on the velocity of volatility and the momentum of events.
02 Sep 2018
October 13, 1999. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sworn in as prime minister for the third time. Among the well-wishers was Nitin Gadkari, the ‘flyover minister’ who delivered India’s first expressway.
26 Aug 2018
Kerala, Gods Own Country! Who could curse God’s own country? Of course it would have to be man. The floods in Kerala, the worst since the 99 floods witnessed in 1924, have already claimed nearly 400
19 Aug 2018
It always seems impossible until it’s done—Nelson Mandela August 15, 1947. This week, India will observe 71 years of Independence.
12 Aug 2018
On Friday, the members of the Rajya Sabha defected from Benthamian utilitarianism to Kantian deontology, and devoted time to a troubling question, on how to improve the productivity of Parliament.
05 Aug 2018
In 1985, a starving family sold their 12-year-old girl for a princely sum of Rs 40 in Kalahandi in Odisha.
29 Jul 2018
People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.”
22 Jul 2018
Maharashtra, where the BJP faces a possible Congress and NCP coalition and the tantrums of seasonal friend Shiv Sena, is the largest producer of jowar.
08 Jul 2018
Issues of life, liberty, dignity and ethical practices demand legal backing.
01 Jul 2018
It is a curious phenomenon. Problematic issues in the political economy seem to be governed by a peculiar circle of governance.
24 Jun 2018
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