Rising Oil Price and Weakening Rupee

Since coming to power the Narendra Modi government, in the economy sector, was helped by one big factor i.e., the low international crude oil price. Helped because crude oil import represents top import bill for the Indian government. Being the only major source of conventional energy, without which the economy cannot work, oil is the […]

Arvind Kejriwal’s Unemployment Guarantee Scheme

The Arvind Kejriwal government in New Delhi has just guaranteed unemployment for many unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers by passing a tough minimum wage bill recently. As newspapers reported, President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Delhi government’s Bill to amend the Minimum Wages Act under which employers violating labour rules in […]

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 […]

RBI Should Make the Cash Crunch Permanent

Many states of India are again experiencing situation like demonetization of 2016. ATMs all across India are running dry and we are seeing long lines outside banks. The finance minister Mr. Arun Jaitley said that this shortage of cash is because of unusual sudden spike in the demand for money. Newspapers are citing causes related […]

Guns: Girl’s Defense Against Rapes

Rape attacks on girls are very common in India. It is the history of this country as evidenced by the rape of Draupadi by his own brother in laws inside the royal court! Recently many such cases were reported in North India, especially in Uttar Pradesh (the recent Unnao rape case), Haryana, Punjab and Jammu […]

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 […]