Man Smart? Woman Smarter!


Psychology

H L Mencken, who died on January 29, 1956, was the first celebrity intellectual and one of the greatest journalists of all time. He was a witty polymath, and knew more about the American language than almost anyone. Today, the “misogyny epidemic” is much debated in the Indian media and social networking websites, but very […]

March 31, 2018

In Defense Of The Passive Citizen


Economics And Politics

When an auto rickshaw driver in Karnataka ferried people to the polling booths for free on the Election Day, the media called him a great philanthropist. But, is it self-evident that it is a virtue to vote? Does it make sense to encourage the passive to vote? The mainstream media celebrates the phenomenon of the […]

March 31, 2018

Does Corporate Funding Undermine Democracy?


Economics And Politics

If voters are decent fellows who are pained by the aggressive vote buying tactics of politicians, it is not hard for them to do something about it. They can easily decide to not vote for the politicians who spend more on advertising and campaigns. Nothing angers people more than the influence of corporations in elections. […]

March 31, 2018

Will The Internet Replace The Universities?


Economics And Politics

Several millions of students will enter higher educational institutions in the next one decade. The Human resources development ministry wants to double the gross enrolment ratio in higher education by 2020. The brick-and-mortar colleges in the country are not equipped to meet their needs. Many believe that with higher internet penetration, the demand for online education will grow radically in India. […]

March 31, 2018

The Politics Of Hatred


Economics And Politics

The Hindu nationalists see people of a different religion or ethnicity as rivals. The left-wing politicians perhaps hate the rich far more. But, almost everyone hates foreigners, though they do not always go overboard in expressing their hostility. Democratic politics in India is a lot more complex than that, but this does not change the […]

March 31, 2018

Why do liberal intellectuals hate Narendra Modi?


Economics And Politics

“For liberal intellectuals, it is very tempting to blame Modi for the “politics of hatred”. But, is there any good reason to assume that the vast ethnic massacres, ethnic cleansing and forced sterilisations that underscored post-Independence India like a long trail of blood has nothing to do with the “politics of hatred”?  The philosophy of anti-capitalism […]

March 31, 2018

Cash-Registers for hearts?


Economics And Politics

Many believe that Indian businessmen have cash registers for hearts. Their philanthropic contributions are believed to be insignificant in comparison to their wealth. According to the 2012 Forbes list, the wealth of the 100 wealthiest Indians is around $250 billion—13.89 per cent of India’s GDP. But, according to the estimates of a 2010 report of […]

March 31, 2018

Interview With Cyn-Young Park


Interviews

Read my interview with economist Cyn-Young Park Cyn-Young Park is assistant chief economist of the Asian Development Bank. She has written widely on the economies and the financial markets of Asia. She was a speaker at a satellite event held in IIFT Delhi, as a part of the recently concluded Delhi Economics Conclave. In a conversation with Shanu Athiparambath, she spoke […]

March 31, 2018