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How about a NationalWalkout?

We failed as a society – not the first time We are ashamed of ourselves – damn right, we should be We will never forget – until the next time it happens again And we fail, we feel ashamed and we forget How about we try something different? How about we really show our elected …

Pride, prejudice and Hadiya

The Hadiya case has quickly turned into a war of political interests between Hindutva and Islamists. Prima facie, the issue is simple. A woman choses to convert to another religion and marry a man of her choice from that religion. Enter evil parents. The marriage is anulled. Hadiya is becomes a prisoner. Clamour grows with …

DeMonetisation and Digital Payments

DeMonetisation did not promote the uptake of digital transactions Driving India towards a less-cash, digital payments economy was one of the aims claimed by the Prime Minister when he invalidated 86% of India’s circulating currency. The reasoning was that India was a largely cash-based economy; if circulating cash was reduced, people would rapidly move towards …

India’s Great Leap Forward

A year on the Prime Minister’s Great Idea may have turned out to be a dud Mao ZeDong’s Great Leap Forward [1]  has to be the most outstanding example of the devastating harm from the unintended consequences of a state policy that aimed to modernize and develop an entire country.  It resulted in the deaths …