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Archive for September, 2005

GDP growth clocks 8.1%

Friday, September 30th, 2005

To the surprise of most analysts, India’s economy grew at 8.1% in the first quarter despite lagging reforms and high oil prices. GDP growth is being powered yet again by the manufacturing sector, which grew at 11.3%, and by higher than expected growth in the services sector, which accounts for over 50% of the economy. [...]

The Future of Energy

Friday, September 30th, 2005

“Fossil fuel is dead,” declared CJ. CJ likes to make those kinds of superficially profound statements. We were meeting after a long time. I was in Delhi for a conference and caught up with CJ at the Taj Mansingh Hotel coffee shop. We were discussing the spike in the gas prices. “Dead or not, seventy [...]

Minoo Masani And The Swatantra Party

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Regular readers of my blog will know that every once in a while I bemoan the absence of a classical liberal/libertarian/secular-right party in India (these terms aren’t interchangable, I know, but similar), such as the Swatantra Party of C Rajagopalachari and Minoo Masani. Well, Chandrahas Choudhury has an excellent essay on Masani’s book, “Congress Misrule [...]

China v India

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

It’s like Mike Tyson at his peak versus Keshto Mukherjee. That’s more or less the gist of Shankar Acharya’s comment piece here. Check it out, especially, the table. Anything you’d like to add or argue with?

Disempowering Women

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

The Times of India reports that “[the] Haryana government has sent notices to Gurgaon-based call centres asking them not to allow women employees on night shifts.” Do I even need to comment on this depressing, regressive move? One of the biggest indicators of a society’s progress is the empowerment of women, and although women are [...]

Gender Equality: Progress, But Not Yet Nirvana

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Business Week, in a column on the changing role of women in India says: • Guilt-free materialism. Fifty-one percent of young single women in major metro areas say it’s necessary to have a big house and big car to be happy. In smaller cities, 86% agreed with this statement. [..] • Parental ties. Traditionally, parents [...]

Slow And Steady In The Stock Market

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Devangshu Dutta writes in DNA: In the Melbourne Test of 1907-08, the English last wicket pair of Sydney Barnes and Arthur Fielder needed to get 39 runs,while the Aussies, of course, needed one wicket. Most tailenders would have tried to hit the runs off and probably got out. After a mid-pitch conference, these two decided [...]

A Part Of The Solution?

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Sudheendra Kulkarni writes in the Indian Express: We have grown used to the Two-India imagery being presented, traditionally, in rich vs. poor, city vs. village, capitalist class vs. working class and India vs. Bharat terms. In my view, the real contrast, and the only one that is useful in any transformative agenda, is between the [...]

Guests Of Honor

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

A couple of administrative points 1) We’ve added a few guest bloggers — Nitin Pai (who makes me say wistfully “Wish I’d written that” all the time), Madhu Menon (star chef and restaurateur and tech guru, not least for all of us at IEB), and Gaurav Sabnis (incisive blogger, thanks perhaps to his locational advantages). [...]

Finding ITs political feet

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

India’s IT industry has shown time and again that it is immensely capable of moving ‘up the value chain’. It needs to do the same with its politics.

Three Steps Forward, One Step…

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Emily Parker, in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) laments India’s tortuous path towards economic reforms Congress Party Member of Parliament Jairam Ramesh makes it abundantly clear that if you’re waiting for change, it’s probably better not to hold your breath…. “Given our political system, reforms have to be the result of compromise, discussion,” he [...]

Just Two Things

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

As per Glen Whitman Here’s the story of the Two Things. About three years ago, I was chatting with a stranger in a bar. When I told him I was an economist, he said, “Ah. So… what are the Two Things about economics?” “Huh?” I cleverly replied. “You know, the Two Things. For every subject, [...]

The REGS Guarantees Poverty

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

The Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (REGS) has the word guarantee in it and whatever else it may or may not guarantee, it certainly guarantees greater overall poverty than would be the case without the REGS. In brief, REGS does not increase the aggregate production of the economy, nor does it increase productive capacity; it merely [...]

Markets Move, Ok?

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

That excellent columnist, Ila Patnaik, writes in the Indian Express: The drama in the stock market has highlighted how India is still an immature market economy. It is the job of the stock market to fluctuate, to move in response to expectations. But in the media and in official circles in India, this induces disproportionate [...]

As With Jobs, So With Stocks

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Gautam Chikermane has an excellent cautionary tale in the Indian Express, the point of which is this: you should exercise the same caution while buying a stock as you would while accepting a job somewhere. That’s precisely why I have no sympathy for schmucks who lose money after a mad bull run ends. If they [...]

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