In Defence Of The Wimp


Economics And Politics

Babies are deeply idealistic about love, because their prospects of mating are quite low on the probability scale. The voters who mock Manmohan Singh for being a wimp are in the position of the babies who hold others to such highly scrupulous standards in romantic love. Many Indians would want to replace him with a […]

March 31, 2018

Politics Without Romance


Economics And Politics

When a Nigerian gifts us his estate over email, we tell him: “Thanks, but no thanks!” We know that there are no such easy solutions to our personal woes. But, when an ex-army truck driver claims that he has found the solution to a nation’s woes, even otherwise sane men think that they have found […]

March 31, 2018

Interview With Avinash Dixit


Interviews

Avinash Dixit, John J. F. Sherrerd ’52 University Professor of Economics at Princeton University is a pioneer of game theory, and a major influence behind the Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman’s acclaimed work on International trade. Dixit was one of the speakers at the recently concluded Delhi Economics Conclave. In a conversation with Shanu Athiparambath, he spoke on the […]

March 31, 2018

Interview With Tyler Cowen


Interviews

Q. You think that an artist is as much a trader as businessman, and that the making of a Bollywood movie demands as much talent as that of a Satyajit Ray movie. Many would disagree with that. A. They should try making a good Bollywood movie. When you make a Bollywood movie, a lot of co-ordination […]

March 31, 2018

The Nerd Of Omaha


Finance

There were times when brawn mattered more than brain. In the battle between nerds and jocks, jocks always had the last laugh. But the second half of the 20th century witnessed the rise of nerds. Bill Gates was consistently on top of the Forbes list of billionaires for long. The investing career of Warren Buffett is so […]

March 31, 2018

An Anatomy Of Greatness


Psychology

Robert Greene thinks intelligence is the most sensitive trigger point for envy. A sensible man would regard this “insight” somewhat suspiciously, because intelligence is also his greatest strength. But Mr Greene can say in his defence that he understands people really well. When he writes about the faults and foibles of little people, he does it […]

March 31, 2018

Should We Celebrate Record Polling?


Economics And Politics

Many decades from now, my most vivid memories of elections in my youth will be that of the indelible ink mark on the fingers of conscientious people littering my Facebook newsfeed. According to the Election Commission, the polling rate in the 2014 elections is the greatest in the history of independent India. Before you sing […]

March 31, 2018

Why Blame The Farmers For Price Rise?


Economics And Politics

Farming is considered a patriotic enterprise, and nearly half of India’s labour force is engaged in agriculture and allied activities. Almost everyone believes that in the election season, political parties should pledge to aid this patriotic endeavor to feed the nation. But, farming is a risky profession, and agricultural products form only 14% of India’s […]

March 31, 2018

Has The Indian Republic Failed The Youth?


Economics And Politics

India is the most populous democracy in the world. It is also the country where young men and women were once hauled away to forced sterilization camps. The youth learned that even the fundamental right to propagate one’s kind could not be taken for granted. But they still had the right to propagate political delusions.  […]

March 31, 2018