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Archive for July, 2006

OLPC — Rest in Peace

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is not going to happen in India. The Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry of the government of India recently decided to just say no to the $100 laptop that Prof Negroponte of MIT Media Lab has been furiously peddling. He wanted the government to buy, oh, about 1,000,000 of those [...]

How Nehru And Shastri Made Dubai Rich

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Bhavya Khanna relates a fascinating explanation: Nehru in his often stated brilliance imposed severe restrictions on the trade and price of Gold in India. The sheik of Dubai had free trade in Gold, and was well, a smuggler’s paradise. Combine the two and you have possibly the largest movement of illegal gold trade in the [...]

The Better, Faster Road to Development

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

India has been singularly unlucky in the sense that its movers and shakers don’t seem to get what it takes for the economy to prosper. Therefore it comes as a terribly pleasant surprise when one comes across a M&S who apparently gets it. Not only does the man get it, he gets it in spades [...]

Mumbai Blasts

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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Puncture Mishra

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

The 21st century will be India’s. But some people just won’t get it.

Vidarbha Whodunit

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Farmers are killing themselves because the government has denied them economic freedom

But if the crisis is an opportunity to reform agriculture, will Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take it up?

A Tale Of Two Countries?

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

The idea that India is not one country but two (or more?) is, of course, not a new one, but it does seem to me to be a thesis which is worth revisiting, in particular in the light of India’s current demographic realities. Chris Wilson in a paper (pdf) entitled “Implications of global demographic convergence [...]

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