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Now that I (as many of you) have enjoyed the World Cup 2014, allow me to register my protest on behalf of Brazilian taxpayers against this wanton public expenditure. What a colossal waste! Governments around the world organise and host national and international sports events. Governments also support sportspersons representing their respective jurisdictions, by paying […]

- शरद जोशी एक राज्य का नया वित्तमंत्री काकभुशुण्डजी से मिलने गया और हाथ जोड़कर बोला कि मुझे शीघ्र ही बजट प्रस्तुत करना है, मुझे मार्गदर्शन दीजिए. तिस पर काकभुशुण्ड ने जो कहा सो निम्नलिखित है:   हे वित्तमंत्री, जिस प्रकार कैक्टस की शोभा काँटों से और राजनीति लंपटों से जानी जाती है उसी प्रकार वित्तमंत्री […]

Talking about liberalism in India, one falls for the insipid and inane debate between some mythologized Western rugged individualism and ostensible Eastern harmonious social co-operation. But we are talking about the autonomy of individuals and groups as opposed to the ever-increasing authority of the state and its functionaries – bureaucrats and politicians. For example, one […]

WSJ reports: The CII calculated the per-day gross domestic product of India as about 20,000 crore, or roughly $4.3 billion, based on the assumption that there are 300 workdays in a year and a GDP of about $1.3 trillion. Then, based on consultations with state-level industry representatives, CII adjusted the figure based on how widespread […]

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on 14 January 2009

It is an interesting question, isn’t it? if you were to choose one non-profit to close down, which one would that be? My death wish is on Population First! They cleverly go with the times and don’t say  clearly that their goal is to control population. But what else could this mean? “Population First is […]

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You call it madness, funny, crazy. That’s the way Indian police and judiciary works. The famous footballer Baichung Bhutia lost his baggage during his train travel in Coromandel express a few years back. He reported to the police. Now he got the arrest warrant for not appearing in the court to identify the thief who had stolen […]

Chalo Dilli – What is it? Is it an Ad campaign, is it a quest or is it an appeal. Well, I think more than anything else, it is like a ‘Mission Statement’ or rather it should be taken as one by the Delhi Government and by those living in Delhi. More..

on 28 February 2006

Please read this article by Sonu Jain in the Indian Express if you are interested in knowing about good intentions having remained just that, without any active implementation. The previous budget had, among other projects, come up with three big schemes for rural development. What is the progress you ask? Sonu Jain has given a […]

On one of my recent train trips Delhi-Chennai-Bangalore-Delhi, I couldn’t help but contemplate the amount of uninhabited land that one comes across. With that kind of land, one wonders why we cry of overpopulation? Is it because we intellectuals sit in overcrowded cities and think that the problem is of overpopulation! Missing the wood for […]

Whenever there is talk of markets and profit as a driving motivation for individuals, the constant accusation is that individuals in the market are constantly driven to make money and profit. The underlying assumption being that profit can be only scaled in terms of money. I don’t buy that! Profit can be material or psychic. […]