I agree with all those regressive, superstitious, religious, nut-cases protesting at India’s Supreme Court verdict that menstrual age women should NOT be barred from the Sabarimala Temple. But for entirely different reasons from theirs. Sabarimala is the wrongest possible priority for a battle over a matter of fundamental rights. Yes, there is such a thing… Continue reading Sabarimala – what a mess!
DeMonetisation did not promote the uptake of digital transactions Driving India towards a less-cash, digital payments economy was one of the aims claimed by the Prime Minister when he invalidated 86% of India’s circulating currency. The reasoning was that India was a largely cash-based economy; if circulating cash was reduced, people would rapidly move towards… Continue reading DeMonetisation and Digital Payments
A year on the Indian Prime Minister’s Great Idea may have turned out to be a dud Mao ZeDong’s Great Leap Forward  has to be the most outstanding example of the devastating harm from the unintended consequences of a state policy that aimed to modernize and develop an entire country. It resulted in the… Continue reading India’s (Not So) Great Leap Forward
BhaktRegret (see here for a case report of a personal experience of a cured case) is characterised by moderately severe depression accompanied by a deep unsettling sense of regret and remorse at how events have turned out since about 2015 following the 2014 victory of Mr Modi’s BJP. It closely mimics other syndromes involving withdrawal of something… Continue reading BhaktRegret – a new clinical syndrome
Apologists for Prime Minister Modi’s Demonetisation policy are now claiming it led to a big rise in direct tax revenues for Financial Year (FY) 2016-17. See, for instance this from Swarajya: The argument runs as follows: Mr Modi announced on Nov 8 2016 the cancellation of 500 and 1000 rupee notes (they accounted for fully… Continue reading Misusing statistics
Citizens and subjects – slaves and masters Many of the problems and issues in India – witness the political debate and the controversies that are so rife on twitter and other social media – are to do with either the relationship between people and the state, or the fine balance between competing rights of individuals… Continue reading Citizens or subjects
Delhi wants to rename its famous avenue, Teen Murti Marg (Marg means Way) to Teen Murti Haifa Marg. The reasoning behind the move is spelt out in this Swarajya Mag essay. The Teen Murti Memorial that stands at the square commemorates the role of Indian soldiers in the First World War battle in Gaza that… Continue reading Teen Murti Marg to Haifa