Economy & Globalisation

PhD and Funding

PhD and Funding

There have been posts criticising government fellowships paid to PhD students. Clearly, it is the BJP sympathisers who are raising these voices in the wake of Kanhaiah Kumar episode. Even someone like Mohandas Pai, the ex-Finance Director of Infosys, and famous Modi supporter wrote a piece in this regard (1). Why are PhD students being […]

Cockroaches in the Coaches

Cockroaches in the Coaches

There have been talks of improving our rail services and better manage the huge monster called the Indian Railways. To analyse this, the new government had appointment a committee headed by Bibek Debroy to study and prescribe measures to improve the Railways. This committee had recently submitted its prescriptions. Among others, the key ones include […]

India’s Sixty Years

India’s Sixty Years

India has seen tremendous progress since Independence. In order to understand that we need to know the kind of society we had inherited from the British. Our literacy was 17%. The largely peasant nation didn’t know what democracy meant. It was a huge challenge building the new nation from such society. When India chose to […]

Living Rich at Rs.1300

Living Rich at Rs.1300

My first job was in Mysore, a leafy, quiet town situated about 150 km south west of Bangalore. I went there without much money and used to receive my salary (of Rs. 1300) in cash. I was staying in a bachelor’s accommodation and one month somebody stole my salary money from the cupboard. For the […]

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Food Security Bill, the most important and flagship bill that the current UPA government is expected to table during the winter session has come under severe criticism from all sides of the spectrum. Fearing that it may not be passed, what with the BJP up in arms against the current regime, the government has already […]

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

This is not a piece about Modi. Before all those ardent fans and fanatics jump at me, I would like to say I’m myself getting quite tired of writing about him. But I should thank him for providing me the subject for today’s blog piece. Whilst I was sifting through various materials and wondering what […]

Contempt of Law

Contempt of Law

When I was in the UK, the staff of Transport For London, the company that runs the famous London tube declared strike over salaries. The management took them to court. Two days prior to the date for the strike, the court ruled it illegal. What happened? On the date of announcement, the staff reported to […]

The Politics of Public Sector

The Politics of Public Sector

Selling 5% of shares in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) is the recent controversy that’s dividing Tamil Nadu’s opinion leaders. Whilst some ardent ‘reformists’ support selling the stakes, other ‘labour-friendly’ leftists oppose the move and warn that it will affect thousands of NLC workers. This has spawned another round of debate about whether our public […]

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

PART 2 This is when our politicos hit on a brainwave! Why ‘privatise’ to corporate houses, when they can ‘privatise’ it to themselves? As long as some of the invisible ‘assets’ were being privatised our politicians didn’t mind because, except a few, most of them didn’t understand how to harness those assets anyway! But the […]

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

Oh, The Sweet Taste of Capitalism!

PART 1 When the flood-gates of the Indian economy opened up in the 1990s, the whole nation rejoiced. They felt that they have been waiting for this day all their life. This writer included, that was the moment equivalent of the Second Coming. The petty grievances of the weak Left were never to be considered […]