Monetary Policy Making At Mint Road

This is a very lucidly written book which takes us into the heart of monetary policy making by the reserve bank. It gives us an idea of the pulls and pressures the governor has to bear in his work. It touches upon the theoretical underpinnings of modern monetary policy making but it could have been more interesting if it had discussed in a bit more details the theoretical debates in monetary policymaking.

Dreaming, scheming, never growing old: remembering Abbas Kiarostami (1940 – 2016)

I didn’t grow up with Kiarostami’s films. I discovered Abbas Kiarostami long after he’d become Kiarostami, during the same time that I began devouring everything having to do with Iranian culture. I vaguely remember visiting the Film Museum off of Vali-ye Asr Avenue in Tehran with my friend one hot summer’s day, when I was around 16 years old. I had no idea who the man in the sunglasses was, only that he was of significance where Iranian cinema was concerned.

The Indian Constitution: The wonderful consensual document that binds this heterogeneous land

Madhav Khosla sums up the key essence of constitutionalism as the following: A written constitution, independent judiciary with judicial review powers, the doctrine of rule of law and separation of powers between different organs and institutions, democratic government responsible to the people and elected through a transparent process, fundamental rights of the people (that are the cornerstone of the Constitution), the principles and practices of federalism, decentralised governance with power to the grassroots level self-governing institutions.

J&K: Time to break-up the fiction.

The Indian state has now to offer something tangible to satisfy most aspirations in Kashmir, and we are talking only about Kashmir. J&K is an artificial and recent construct. Its long past its use by date. We must also accept that reunification with the POK part of it is neither desirable nor feasible. Historically, culturally, ethnically and linguistically Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir have as much in common as Tamil Nadu has with Punjab or Assam with Gujarat. The destinies of the people of Jammu and Ladakh have to be delinked from Kashmir. Nor are they exactly happy to be dominated by Kashmir.

SINCE 1991 ARE WE ABLE TO CREATE ENOUGH JOBS?

Compared to 1991 more people are unemployed now and the gap between total number of workers and employment is increasing. And this is official government version of the data. Latest Asia-Pacific Human Development Report, released by UNDP, says that between 1991 and 2013, the size of the “working age” population increased by 300 million. But, Indian economy could employ only 140 million – less than half of the new entrants to the labour market.

Should Syria be a litmus test for the left in the 2016 elections?

To start with, as I have pointed out before, a search in Nexis for “Jill Stein”, “Green Party” and “Syria” returns zero articles while for “Jill Stein”, “Green Party” and “fracking” returns 18 and “Jill Stein”, “Green Party” and “global warming” returns 21. So this will give you an idea of where her priorities are.

सउदी अरब तथा अन्य खाड़ी देशों के प्रति मोदी सरकार का ढुलमुल रवैया क्यों?

प्रधानमंत्री मोदी को जिन्होंने खाड़ी देशों में यात्रा करने वाले प्रथम भारतीय प्रधानमंत्री होने को ट्वीट कर देश को बताया था। उन्हें याद रखना चाहिए देश आपकी सऊदी शाहों के साथ सेल्फी, मस्जिद यात्रा व नागरिक सम्मान के तस्वीरों से खुश होने वाला नहीं आपने वहां भारतीय मजदूरों के संग खाना खाया था, किन्तु आज वो खाने को मोहताज है, पीने के पानी नहीं है और आप अपने शाही दोस्त से शिकायत तक नहीं कर पा रहे हैं। यह समझ से परे है।

Prof Chomsky & Halle, please do not confuse the Left

Liberals like Mr. Halle and unfortunately even Professor Chomsky, who has contributed much to the political education of progressives in this country and beyond, don’t feel any urgency to see fundamental change in this country. They don’t seem to hunger for real change. It’s easy for them to suggest staying in holding position and wait until some day a movement can develop, so we don’t have to choose one of two evils, anymore.

एक मुखरता का मौन होना

बंगाल के सांस्कृतिक इतिहास में ऐसे अनेक व्यक्ति हुए हैं, जिन्होंने न सिर्फ उस इलाके के, बल्कि पूरे देश की चेतना पर गहरा असर डाला है. महाश्वेता देवी इस सिलसिले का संभवतः अंतिम नाम है.

Chris Harman’s ‘A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium’

A People’s History of the World is a fascinating and comprehensive analysis by a well-known British historian, Chris Harman, that traces earliest human history to the Roman Empire, from the Middle Ages to the Age of Enlightenment, from the industrial Revolution to the end of the Millennium. Focusing on the development of technology, its impact on the society and conflict, he dwelt on how the society has changed and developed, what possibilities are for further radical change in the 21st century.

जिंदगी की जुस्तजू में प्रेम का दीप ‘कोशिश’

सक्रिय समाज के बीच हरि-आरती जैसे लोग अजनबी महसूस करते होंगे. हरि समान लोगों के लिए सामान्य जिंदगी गुजर करना बड़ा मुश्किल है. कोशिश अपनी राह में उन सभी चुनौतियों का डटकर सामना करती नजर आती है. संजय लीला भंसाली की ‘खामोशी’ के लिए रेफेरेन्स प्वाइंट यही फिल्म रही होगी. कोशिश का उद्देश्य अक्षम लोगों की दिक्कतों को दिखाना-भर नहीं था, बल्कि हरि -आरती के उदाहरण के जरिए हिम्मत-हौसले व प्रेम की विजय को दिखाना था.