The Order of Our Society Today

I recently attended a talk by P. Sainath, an eminent Indian journalist. The talk was titled, very interestingly, "Moral Economy of the Elite". Let me begin by saying, he mocked economist throughout his lecture. While doing so, he quoted Kenneth Boulding and said, "Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a finite planet is either … Continue reading The Order of Our Society Today

Economic liberalism over societal liberalism?

The elevation of the NDA coalition to the Union Government in April 2014 was no surprise. The UPA-II faced extreme corruption charges along with anti-incumbency from the electorate. What Prime Minister Modi did correctly, and strikingly differently, was to run a presidential-style election campaign for the BJP whereas the Congress party was left faceless and … Continue reading Economic liberalism over societal liberalism?

The Case Against Universal Basic Income In India

The concept of implementing Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a relevant one, that poses severe challenges to Governments and policymakers around the world. But it is also a highly controversial and contestable one. The argument about UBI will surely catch fire in the near future as we start seeing jobs getting replaced by robots at … Continue reading The Case Against Universal Basic Income In India