Against the Grain and the State

James C. Scott has rewritten the history of the “civilization” in his recent book Against the Grain. He turns the mainstream narrative of civilization on its head with the help of evidences coming from various fields of sciences. In doing so, he rewrites the history of man himself. In rewriting  the mainstream narrative, Scott has […]

Rape, Reservation and the Rule of Law

Why would women falsely accuse men of rape? Why would a dalit (someone from the lower-caste) falsely accuse those from the upper-caste for mistreatment? There are far too many abuses in India, of women and dalits. Does it not make sense to provide to them special reliefs? The concept of “the rule of law” originated […]

Movie Review: Newton

Newton is very important but largely ignored recent movie depicting the reality of the state atrocities in the tribal areas of India in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh etc., and the Maoist movement which emerged as a response to these atrocities. The movie is a story of a young and honest bureaucrat Newton (Nutan […]

The Decline of the State

In my last article we saw how the state arose during the middle of the seventeenth century in the Western Europe by conquering its rival institutions like Church, Nobility, Empires and Independent City-States. After rising to power, beginning in the nineteenth century, it consolidated its position and became a God like creature- an end in […]

The Rise of the State

Many people with whom I talk think that the political system of the centralized State is with us since time immemorial; that this system is going to be with us forever, and we can’t do anything about it. They held such false notions because they haven’t looked into the human history, especially the history of […]

Protectionism and Its Consequences

Globalization is in retreat and protectionism is again rising its head worldwide. Recently the American President Donald Trump announced that he will impose very steep tariffs on imported steel, aluminum products and cars . In retaliation the EU has threatened to impose heavy tariffs on American imports in EU. Trump is also waging a trade […]

India’s Population: Asset or Liability?

After the recent fire at a pub in Mumbai that killed 14 young girls, Hema Malini, a Member of Parliament, in an interview complained of excessive population growth, non-stop expansion of urban areas, lack of planning, failure of citizens to adhere to rules, and corruption among public servant. Her statements—particularly the ones related with increasing […]

PNB Fraud

Last week the Indian financial sector was rocked by another US$ 2 billion scam in the Punjab National Bank (PNB). According to latest reports the total scam amount can go up to US$ 3 billion. The main perpetrators of this scam are the famous jeweler Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, owner of another […]

Modicare

In recently announced budget the finance minister of India Mr. Arun Jaitley launched an ambitious government healthcare program. He dubbed it as Modicare like Obamacare in America, which the present President of USA Mr. Donald Trump is trying to dismantle. This new program, which is touted as the biggest healthcare program in the world, will […]