Shankkar Aiyar

Politicos busy with competitive petulance. Who will speak for India?

The debate on the crisis in the economy—“will it be 1991 again”—is riveting is riveting because of the evaporation of rationality from the discourse.

21 Jan 2014

The razzle dazzle of the Rajan effect and the ifs of the rupee raga

The photograph could have been straight off a Hollywood billboard, a la George Clooney & Co in Ocean’s Eleven. Of course, this wasn’t a group heading for a heist but Team RBI with the new signatory of the currency, Governor Raghuram Rajan.

21 Jan 2014

NaMo modifies crony politics. Can he cure BJP of crony socialism?

How do you uproot rootless wonders? This question has haunted the RSS since 2004.

21 Jan 2014

Needed: Amul II; a national grid to fix food inflation

Inflationary elation followed by deflationary dejection.

21 Jan 2014

Desperation and the fallacy of post hoc, ergo propter hoc politics

Competition is good. A decade of drift makes decisions, even autocracy, seductive.

21 Jan 2014

The escape velocity for big ideas and messed opportunities

This week, the Congress Vice-President introduced rocket science into the political discourse on empathy and entitlements. Specifically, he spoke about escape velocity—the speed that an object needs to be travelling to break free of a planet or moon’s gravity.

21 Jan 2014

Headless PSUs, Bottomless Pits; Whose Money Is It Anyway!

Voters in 2014 need to ask: Does government-owned necessarily mean government-managed? Why not transfer ownership to a trust under Parliamentary oversight and management to professionals?

21 Jan 2014

Reimagine Financial Inclusion, Imagine Aadhar Bank

Without ado and any more committees, Aadhar should be declared a bank.

21 Jan 2014

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