The Indian Economy Blog

October 25, 2007

Amit Varma, Champion Of Lightbulbs, Opponent Of Candlemakers

Filed under: Business — Ravikiran Rao @ 11:35 am

Amit Varma, occasional contributor to this blog, India’s foremost blogger and free market fundamentalist, has won the 2007 Bastiat prize in journalism. Most hearty congratulations on winning the golden candlestick!

Update (from Prashant): If you’re in the New York city area, SAJA is organizing a casual chilling session with Amit. Try to make it.

Date & Time: Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Leela Lounge, 1 West 3rd Street (between Broadway & Mercer), New York, NY 10012

My wife & I were at the dinner last night as were Yazad Jal, Reuben Abraham and his fiancee, and Manish Vij. Have some pix that I’ll upload shortly. Till then, check out Manish’s post.

Update 2 (Prashant): Here’s Amit’s reaction, as also Reuben (along with a picture of Amit delivering his speech), Nitin and Gaurav.

For those that care, the official press release announcing the winner and essays from all the shortlisted candidates.


  1. I object. You have not bolded ‘fundamentalist’.

    Comment by Aadisht — October 25, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    @”And indeed, the connection between economic freedom and jobs and food on the plate is not one that is immediately obvious.”

    And indeed the connection between fiat currency system and slavery and less food on the plate is not immediately obvious too…..

    food = energy = currency = follows laws of thermodynamics = zero sum is not too obvious also….

    Comment by General P — October 25, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  3. @General

    In Malayalam, there is a saying, “asuvi pettute karyam illa”, which translates to “there is no point in jealousy”.

    Comment by Abhishek Nair — October 26, 2007 @ 12:25 am

  4. @Abhishek
    Story of fiat currency economics is resembling more and more the story of king and the magic cloths…..

    Comment by General P — October 26, 2007 @ 7:06 am

  5. [...] Here’s Amit’s writeup, and: Gaurav Sabnis, Indian Economy, Arzan Wadia, Sonia Faleiro, Über Desi, Sepia Mutiny. [...]

    Pingback by Ultrabrown - Dining with insurgents — October 27, 2007 @ 12:33 am

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