Are the Prices of Petrol and Diesel Determined by the Market Forces In India?

The Indian government has supposedly deregulated the determination of prices of petroleum products like petrol and diesel in India. Every time prices of these two products go up, the government plays this card of deregulation to answer the critiques e.g., recently the Modi government reduced the excise duty on petrol and diesel by 1.5 rupees […]

The IL&FS Insolvency: A Canary in the Coal Mine

IL&FS insolvency is rocking the Indian stock markets right now. The situation is so grim that the Modi government has now “nationalized” the company! They have bailed out a private limited company by using public money. The news is coming out that, as usual, LIC and state bank of India (SBI) are being coerced by […]

Rafale Deal and Corruption

The Modi government is embroiled in an alleged corruption case of  Rafale Jet deal with the French government. Opposition parties are now gunning for the resignation of prime minster Narendra Modi. They have accused him of personally influencing and altering the deal, which was originally put in place by the former UPA government, to benefit […]

Who Is Responsible for the Bad Loans (Non-Performing Assets) Problem?

A mud-slinging exercise is going on between the former Congress and present BJP government about who is responsible for the mounting non-performing assets (bad loans) problem. Political parties, as usual, are blaming each other for this mess. Former RBI governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan implicated bankers themselves for this problem. In a note on bank non-performing […]

Book Review: “The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East”

The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013 by Timur Kuran Middle East, the region that includes the old Ottoman Empire, Iran, Egypt, the Maghreb (Tunisia, Algeria, Libya etc., countries), is marred with economic backwardness and wars at least since last millennia. This cradle of civilization, where […]

Privatizing Protection, Rescue and Relief Work

The recent historic flooding in Kerala killed hundreds of people and damaged billions of rupees worth of property while displacing more than million people. Keralites are going to need some time to get out of this shock. This flood once again raised many important questions like who is responsible for this flood? Is this a […]

Should We Not Worry About the Falling Rupee?

The turmoil in the Forex market continues and with it the collapse of Indian currency rupee. The Indian currency rupee breached the level of 70 against US dollar for the first time in its entire history. And this fall isn’t finished yet. The chances of it falling further are high. In the aftermath of this […]

Breaking the Backbone of India

The Informal sector is what keeps India moving. That part of the market keeps on working and so you get your daily milk, vegetables and newspapers delivered to your doorsteps.  According to ILO, close to 81% of the Indian jobs are in this informal sector. Informal sector is the backbone India’s economy. Since coming to […]

Hindus and their Holy Cow

After the sweeping election win of Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist BJP party four years ago, there is a barrage of misleading propaganda coming from Modi and his government about the so-called glorious past of India and the sacred Hindu culture. Hindu fundamentalist forces (sic), under the tutelage of Modi and his government, are […]

Movie Review: Madaari

The writer of Madaari is Shailja Kejriwal, and screenplay and dialogues are by Ritesh Shah. The movie stars Irrfan Khan as Nirmal Kumar – A lead character, Jimmy Sheirgill as Nachiket Verma – A Cop (CBI), Vishesh Bansal as Rohan Goswami – Son of Home Minister and Tushar Dalvi as Prashant Goswami – the Home […]