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The intellectual comfort blanket

Many professional Indian economists today, as well as others who know some economics, also now have such a blanket

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Congress | PM Modi | Mount Everest

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan 

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

In 1952, when much of modern political economy — with its central role for democratic governments, labour rights, free trade, and liberal finance — was being born, an American cartoonist called Charles M Schultz created a character called Charlie Brown. A key player in his comics was a very small boy called Linus, who clung tenaciously to his blanket. That blanket has come to be known as a “comfort” blanket.

It is now a generic term for things that make you feel secure. Take it away and you start feeling uncomfortable and edgy. Many professional Indian ...

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First Published: Sat, May 23 2020. 00:45 IST
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