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!

Free the People, Control the Government: A Lesson from Hong Kong

Posted by: on Jun 29, 2012 | No Comments

It is often believed that countries that are small are easy to govern. It is also believed that high population impedes economic development. There is one nation that shattered these popular beliefs… Hong Kong!

Divestment Is Essential To Good Governance

Posted by: on Jun 12, 2012 | One Comment

Published in 1776, Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations defines the basic premise of business – profit. Smith argues that a voluntary exchange between two parties will take place if and only if both believe that they stand to benefit. In this context, how fair is a system that limits individuals from exercising their choices? Can a system that limits individuals from expanding their businesses, in the name of public good, be considered fair to the society itself? Consider this: It is the government that lays down the rules for business, or in other words, acts as a regulator and constructs the framework within which businesses must operate. How can, then, the government run its own businesses without being unfair to individuals who raise capital through markets?