Globalisation

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 […]

FDI in Retail: Through the Broken Window

FDI in Retail: Through the Broken Window

by Subash Viswanathan Like every “premier business school graduate” whose fortunes revolve around capitalism, my arguments would always be in favour of FDI in retail. Facts have been presented both in favour (that consumers will enjoy lower prices after FDI in retail) and against (with the advent of the Sachin endorsed Pepsi and Aamir Khan […]

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 […]