Archive for: Ravikiran Rao

The chimera of public transport

 Advocates for public transport yearn for an idealised past when cities were compact and liveable.  I had the good fortune of spending Christmas and New Year’s...

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Levelling democracy

To safeguard democracy, we must separate governance from the popular will. Should electoral opinion polling be banned, or at least severely restricted in India?...

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Firm Government

The relevance of Professor Coase’s The Nature of the Firm to the Indian governance system. Ronald H Coase, who died recently at the age of 102 had an extraordinarily...

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Multiplex movies and Indian politics

Is the current state of our voting class same as that of the middle class movie-goers before the proliferation of multiplex theatres? It is now commonly accepted...

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The insecurity behind the Food Security Bill

The Food Security Bill places a heavy burden on India’s fiscal deficit, but the real problem is the distortion it causes to India’s food supply chain. The alliance...

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Profiles in poverty

By cracking down on legal but imperfect options for the poor, we push them towards making an illegal and terrible choice. Speaking of poverty through anecdotal experience...

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Do not defend Dhoble

Do not defend Dhoble

Where does the Indian Police draw the line when it comes to law enforcement? One of the most bizarre sentences  that I have seen written in support of ACP Vasant...

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Giving bad advice

Giving bad advice

Examining the role of NAC in contemporary India Since 2004, India has been ruled by an arrangement that is Byzantine in its strangeness.  Nominally, it has a Prime...

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Losing Power

Losing Power

The gross mismanagement of the power sector means that viability of the sector is now at stake Jignesh Patel (name changed on request) runs a manufacturing unit...

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The poverty of questions

Poverty has certainly reduced in India but we need to ask more questions The Planning Commission has released the results of the National Sample Survey Organisation’s...

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