Category Archive: Politics

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.

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.

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.

बर्नी सांडर्स के नाम एक पत्र

आपने हिलेरी क्लिंटन की राजनीति पर भी खूब बोला है। जो आपको समर्थन मिला और जो वोट मिले, वे मुख्य रूप से हिलेरी की राजनीति के खिलाफ ही मिले थे। हिलेरी उसी राजनीति की कमांडर हैं जिन्हें दुनिया ने लंबे समय से भोगा है। यह सब आप कह चुके हैं। मुझे उम्मीद थी कि आप और जेरेमी कोर्बिन मिल कर दुनिया के दर्द की मरहम पट्टी करेंगे। आपने समर्पण कर दिया है। देखना है कि कोर्बिन कब तक टिकते हैं।

The crisis in the global economy

The crisis in the global economy is a subject that engages many and affects most of mankind. Like all such issues we find little clarity but a lot of fire and brimstone. Few have tried to seek feasible solutions. Even fewer are qualified, experienced and with a usefully cosmic view of the world we live in to write about it. Fortunately we still have people like Mervyn King. King was the Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2013, a tumultuous period that saw the world economy expand at a record pace and then arrive at the precipice in 2008. We are still seeking to find new pathways to get over it. And clearly we are struggling.

Tales of A Continuing Carnage

Look at the officers and that Kodnani featured in ‘Gujarat Files’. No one is sorry for his or her role. All are playing victim card. That is chilling. The overarching personality terror of two top guys, then and now, is terrifying in those pages. The fear and submission at large, after Gujarat, now all over, is becoming a normal. India is becoming Gujarat of the post-2002 years. Rana Ayyub’s book is a profound indicator of that. Not the content of the book, but its publication story. The content is important for its evidential value. All is known for too long.