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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Resolve the Kashmir Conflict?

A recent militant suicide attack on a convoy of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) in Pulwama, Kashmir has jolted India. Total 44 CRPF soldiers died in this attack. This is one of the deadliest attacks on Indian armed forces in the history of Kashmir insurgency. Majority of the Indians, who are now very nationalistic, are […]

RBI Governor Dr. Urjit Patel Resigns

As I opined in my previous article, the RBI governor Dr. Urjit Patel has today resigned finally after a long tussle with the Narendra Modi government. As I discussed earlier, Modi government is under intense pressure to boost the growth and employment figures in the run-up of its reelection next year. The only way in […]

The Maternity Benefit Boondoggle

In March 2017, the Modi government amended the Maternity Benefit Act to increase paid maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks for all women employees in establishments employing ten or more people. At that time we wrote that the end result of this scheme will be more unemployment for women employees. Instead of getting any […]