economy

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 […]

We, the Tamils

We, the Tamils

The obsession of Tamilians with their mother tongue is something that has no parallels. We take pride in being the speakers of one of the oldest languages in the world. Fair enough. Tamil is indeed the only surviving classical language in the world. The earliest literature in Tamil dates back to 300 BC. It has […]

For a few rupees more

Living in the UK helped in understanding a few things about India. Some of them are related to the history of these two nations, colonialism, economy and lifestyle. I intend writing about them in detail later. Apart from certain clarities that emerged out of the cloudy belief system I had, there were some myths about […]

Do you know this woman?

She is Medha Patkar, founder of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA). If you came late, here’s an ultra-quick background: Our government is building an obscenely humungous dam on Narmada and is destroying rainforests, submerging agricultural lands and above all displacing millions of rural and tribal people without a planned or visible rehabilitation programme. This is at […]

India rising – Part II

Here is another set of arguments I present to explain why I am feeling what I am feeling. I apologize to those who saw me as an hopelessly unpatriotic pessimist through my last post. I’m neither unpatriotic nor a pessimist. But I see some either a pulp patriotism or a devious motive in these claims. […]

India Rising – Part I

A few people asked me who is Tom Friedman. I wanted to answer that question and when this link was sent to me as junk forward, I thought I will write what is in my mind. There seems to be a general gung-ho about India’s economic prospects. Post Bangalore, every wannabe-metro is laying ring roads […]