Should Indians Boycott Chinese Goods?

The on-going stand-off between the armies of the Indian and Chinese nation states on the Sikkim border has created quite a bit of ruckus in the, now very nationalistic, Indian public. People in India are calling for a total boycott of Chinese goods. This demand for boycott of Chinese goods is nothing new. Economics of […]

Affordable Healthcare?

Since coming to power in 2014 one of the aims of the Narendra Modi government’s welfare state is to make healthcare more affordable in India by, mainly, trying to curb prices of drugs used to treat critical ailments such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. In their efforts to do so they have declared some 350 […]

India’s Holy Cow

by Madhusudan Raj The present Narendra Modi government of India issued orders banning the selling of cattle (cow and buffalo) beef a couple of days ago. This diktat has created a fury in various Indian states, especially the southern states and the state of West Bengal both of which have now announced that they will […]

GST (Goods and Service Tax)

GST india

The Narendra Modi government is ready to implement its new tax regime viz., GST (Goods and Service Tax) from the month of July 2017. They have now announced the applicable tax rates for some 1211 products. The Finance minister Arun Jaitley is telling that under this new tax regime tax filing will become simple and […]

The Rising Military Industrial Complex in India

Since the Narendra Modi’s BJP government came to power in 2014 the dreaded military industrial complex[1] is taking its firm roots in India e.g., recently the present defense minister of India Mr. Arun Jatiley held consultations with representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CII) on the proposed Strategic Partnership (SP) model meant to promote […]

Indian Companies Continue to Fire Workers

The Indian companies are trapped between the Scylla of worsening economic condition world over – e.g., rising nationalism and its corollary protectionism, slowing world economy amidst the huge government, corporate and household debt overhang, increasing trend of automation amidst socialist economic policies etc., – and the Charybdis of increasing government interference, in the form of […]

Banking Sector and its Bad Loans

A recent Presidential Ordinance legally empowered the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to enforce expeditious resolution of non-performing assets (NPAs), aka bad loans, of Indian banks. The problem of Nonperforming Assets (NPAs) of banks has become very grave over a period of time. According to estimates Indian banks, mostly public sector banks like the SBI, […]

Rising Protectionism in India

The Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley, who is attending ‘Asia’s Economic Outlook: Talking Trade’ in Japan right now, recently said that, Protectionism can blunt US firms’ efficiency … US firms may become sluggish if cheaper products and efficient services are cut off to them due to protectionist policies … India has so far […]

India and Captialism

By Madhusudan Raj In this book review I am going to take a look at a very important book written by French sociologist Professor Jean Baechler, The Origins of Capitalism. What differentiates the Western civilization from the rest of the world is its capitalist spirit, which, sadly, started waning in the last part of the […]