Behavioral Economics: New Excuse for Government Tyranny

Chapter 2, Vol I of the Economic Survey of India 2018-19 begins with this title: Policy for Homo Sapiens, Not Homo Economicus: Leveraging the Behavioural Economics of “Nudge”. It starts with the following Sanskrit stanza: We cannot rely totally on rational thinking to gain information, as it is not without its bias. The following is […]

Modi’s Central Planning Folly

Modi government, since again coming to power with even bigger majority than in 2014, is centralizing the economy and the society at a rapid pace. It is bringing out one central plan after another one. It is trying to dictate every little thing that is going on in India. For example, apart from the flurry […]

Indian Businesses are Drowning in Debt

Indian businesses, especially the so-called ‘too big to fail’ ones, are drowning in debt and are failing one after another. Here is a list of few of these businesses: First, the IL&FS default and insolvency. Also, DHLF, another giant housing finance company, is also near default. Second, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali is struggling hard with slower […]

Modi’s New Labor Reforms

In his second term, the Narendra Modi government is going to carry out some major labor reforms. These reforms aim to consolidate myriad of different labor legislation under four major labor codes. These codes are as following, The first Code talks about minimum wages for every worker, unorganised, and contract labourers in the organised sector. […]

Scarcity and Socialism

Life means reproduction and survival up to the age of reproduction. That survival requires energy that we receive by consuming various goods. There are two types of these goods. One that we use directly to satisfy our needs and second that indirectly satisfies our needs. The first one is called consumer goods and the second […]

If Not Modi then Who?

The Indian Parliamentary election for the next five years is on. The present Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is battling hard for his reelection. All opposition parties are united against his government to combat the kind of polarization that Modi and Shah (BJP national president) are spreading in India with the support of their ideological […]

Book Review – Kashmir in Conflict : India, Pakistan and the Unending War

After the Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy, which killed 44 soldiers, on 14th February and the following mini war between the arch foes Pakistan and India, the conflict of Kashmir is again in the focus in India as well as internationally. Reports are now coming out that during the tension Indian and Pakistani governments were […]

Congress’s NYAY (Justice) or ANYAY (Injustice)?

The main opposition party of India, Indian National Congress, has announced a new scheme, NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), as a political promise to the poor people of India. According to the announcement from the Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, this minimum income guarantee scheme will assure a payment of Rs. 72,000 a year for India’s […]

Is Capitalism ‘Under Serious Threat’?

The former governor of RBI and the chief economist of IMF Dr. Raghuram Rajan recently told BBC that, I think capitalism is under serious threat because it’s stopped providing for the many, and when that happens, the many revolt against capitalism. He said governments cannot afford to ignore social inequality when considering the economy. Is […]