In India, ‘Economic Equality’ Continues to be Just Arm-Chair Idealism

In India, ‘Economic Equality’ Continues to be Just Arm-Chair Idealism

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2013 | No Comments

“Inequality in India has grown faster in the last 10-12 years than in any other time in our history since the colonial raj.”

–          P. Sainath, Senior Journalist and Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu

We have all heard a lot of talk about the need for “inclusive growth” in India, especially in the last few years – ever since the powers that have had to face the deafening “anti-corruption” music, what with a barrage of multi-million dollar scams being exposed every other day by the increasingly activist television media of the country. One could ask – wasn’t that exactly what we set out to achieve more than 60 years ago? Wasn’t that the whole point of fighting the colonialists tooth and nail for freedom? Doesn’t political independence entail socio-economic independence too? The fact is – economic equality has become a victim of malevolent, ill-conceived, unnecessary, and overzealous government intervention into the economic lives of the people of the union.

The Rationale of Free Markets

Posted by: on Feb 27, 2013 | No Comments

To have any meaningful understanding of a socio-economic system, one needs to first gain an insight into two things – one, what purpose it is meant to serve, and two, for whom it is supposed to serve that purpose.

India to Slide from Position of Second Fastest Growing Economy

India to Slide from Position of Second Fastest Growing Economy

Posted by: on Feb 19, 2013 | One Comment

The Asian Tiger seems to be getting into the crouching position again. It seems to be moving further and further away from the Dragon. While her neighbour China continues to rule the roost, India has moved down from its prestigious position as the world’s second fastest growing economy. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), India’s growth in 2012 will be reported at 4.5%. This is disappointing, since we were all out to cheer for the country surpassing its larger neighbour in terms of economic growth.

Governments and Contradictory Objectives

Posted by: on Dec 24, 2012 | No Comments

My previous blog – Why Governments Fail – addressed some questions. Governments do not fail because of inept politicians or a dearth of the number of laws being passed.

There is talk of improving the public sector by removing political interference and granting autonomy i.e. run government companies as private companies. This is a contradiction. If the public sector is to function as the private sector and provide a return on investment, then why have it at all?

Why Governments Fail?

Posted by: on Dec 21, 2012 | One Comment

When one is in office one has no idea how damnable things can feel to the ordinary rank and profile of the public – Sir Winston Churchill

Government isn’t the solution; government is the problem – Old slogan of the Libertarian Party of the USA

Feeling good about the government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there – P.J. O’Rourke

Why do governments perform poorly? Why do government actions have consequences which are the opposite of the intended objectives? Why are government forays into business abysmal failures? Why is the government record pathetic in controlling crime and terrorism? Why when the government administers justice, the horrendous delays negate the concept of justice? Why are government budgets perpetually in deficit and countries eternally in debt? Why are governments constantly looking for increased revenues and forever increasing taxes? Why are government actions hallmarks of ineptitude and inefficiency? Why is corruption endemic?….Why?

Online Gaming: Time to Give it its Due!

Posted by: on Oct 9, 2012 | One Comment

In the first part of this article, which you can read here, we discussed the hurdles that online gaming and its legal status have witnessed worldwide. While the size of the widely popular gambling form is difficult to measure, there are a few ways in which the necessary change can be brought about. In this section, we will talk about those factors that can usher in some positive developments in this regard.

Are the Ministries Gambling with Nepal’s Future?

Posted by: on Oct 8, 2012 | 3 Comments

Nepal’s Tourism Ministry, which had backed allowing Nepalese citizens to enter local casinos sometime back, has taken a summersault and back tracked completely. So much so that the ministry now seeks to put a ban on the entry of Nepalis into casinos, as stated in a draft released by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA).

What Lies Between Nepal and Economic Growth?

Posted by: on Oct 5, 2012 | 28 Comments

Nepal is among the poorest nations in the world. It ranks 157 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index, with approximately 25% of its population living below the poverty line. According a World Bank report, the country’s

Online Gaming: The Omnipresent Phenomenon

Posted by: on Oct 4, 2012 | One Comment

It’s ubiquitous and yet it is an elephant in the room. Online gaming is a popular practice throughout the world, despite the national or state regulations that have plagued it for a while.

However, this element of uncertainty surrounding the legalities related to this flourishing sector isn’t a healthy sign for the industry as a whole. Not only does this make it difficult to judge the impact of this sector, it also impedes planning and strategizing for the future.

Free Market: A Retrospective Through the Eyes of Bollywood

Posted by: on Aug 20, 2012 | No Comments

There is a trend of period movies in Bollywood this season! Directors and producers are lining up to recreate the magic of the golden age of the 70s and the 80s. From ‘The Dirty Picture’ to ‘Once upon a time in Mumbai’, it’s raining period movies all around. In keeping with this trend, you are about to be taken back in time to reminiscence how life was for the common man in these decades. You will also have a more substantial idea of how markets functioned and what it meant for the people of India, Bollywood ishtyle!