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  • 20-Nov-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Why so few autobiographies by economists?

    Indian academic economists are no better. To the best of my knowledge none of them has written an autobiography

  • 19-Nov-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Padmavati controversy once again exposes history's Achilles Heel

    All we have are the outcomes and the spin and that passes for history

  • 10-Nov-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    God, governments and taxes

    Speed money and special dispensations are par for the course for both God and the government

  • 04-Nov-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    The eternal asymptotes

    Efficiency and equity march to different beats. Stop hoping for convergence

  • 04-Nov-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Political confidence is not business confidence

    Modi govt must remove, from the minds of buyers and sellers, the fear of erratic and arbitrary demands

  • 27-Oct-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Can Mr Modi lead a coalition?

    Good for him if he does, but the odds are now against him

  • 23-Oct-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    The long and the short of it

    A novel, in the end, is nothing more than a bunch of fabrications told around a kernel of truth

  • 22-Oct-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Internet and ambiguity: Correct and incorrect are now a matter of choice

    The tendency towards self-affirming homogeneity, often led by a celebrity, is creating havoc for governance

  • 13-Oct-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    In praise of coalitions

    Everyone agrees that British colonial rule left India with several sets of mindsets. An important one amongst these being the idea that the two-party system was the best way to arrange politics

  • 08-Oct-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    The legacies of Prime Ministers

    All PMs are remembered for just one good thing and one bad thing they did while in office

  • 06-Oct-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    NDA's third year blues

    The classic Third Year or Mid-Term problem has afflicted all but two Indian prime ministers who have lasted a full term, give or take a few months this way or that

  • 05-Oct-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    The oldest story in the world

    Book review of 'Jihad @ Co: Black Markets and Islamist Power'

  • 30-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    The oil in the machine

    When the Indian economy tanked in 1991, it did so because it ran out of foreign exchange. Today, it is tanking because it has run out of rupees even as the foreign exchange granary is overflowing

  • 25-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Flip, skip, and dip

    Indeed, since reviewers get their books free, they are under no pressure to read the things fully

  • 17-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Why Singh was King

    The Modi government is making everyone feel worse off. That's bad politics

  • 16-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Ideology, leaders and leadership

    The problem is the usual one: Good political leaders don't always provide good leadership in government

  • 11-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa Raghavan

    The human face of finance

    Book review of 'The Wisdom of Finance'

  • 08-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Modi's poverty problem

    People like us can look after ourselves. The poor can't

  • 03-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa Raghavan

    Cabinet reshuffle: Too late to make a difference

    The ministerial reshuffle takes the hybridisation of our system of governance one step further

  • 01-Sep-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    How to cope with a drunken gorilla

    Chinese banks, other lenders are owed anywhere between $25 trillion & $35 trillion

  • 21-Aug-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Stick to your knitting

    Lord Desai's book reminded me of another by a Moroccan sociologist, the late Fatima Mernissi

  • 21-Aug-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    EC and our Sikandars

    Politics and ethics operate on what in geometry is called different planes

  • 19-Aug-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    'What do you mean we, Paleface?'

    In the rest of India and in the South particularly, Islam came via trade, not the sword

  • 04-Aug-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Lord Dalhousie redux

    Lord Dalhousie's Doctrine of Lapse was reincarnated in the Government of India Act of 1935

  • 04-Aug-2017 | T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

    Economics' Achilles heel

    If economics studies scarcity, how do we study surpluses?