A blogside view of the Indian economy

A selection of this week’s posts

Yazad Jal and Chandrachoodan celebrate Ayn Rand’s 100th birth anniversary, but Amardeep Singh points out that there is reason not to be too excited about it.

Kautilya is unimpressed with the Indian government for shifting the goalposts on ITC, an Indian conglomerate that once was the Imperial Tobacco Company.

The manner in which India handled the tsunami and its aftermath is the topic of two articles highlighted by Dan Drezner…

…and Dilip D’Souza calls attention to some realities before you get carried away by headlines and statistics.

Atanu Dey relates an encounter with an economics guru on the topic of (the evils of) competition.

Even as Mumbai city gears up to clear its slums, Amit Varma reports that Jharkhand, one of India’s newest (and poorest) states, will become its largest urban slum by 2015. It’s about cosmic balance.

India and China are hot as far as venture capital is concerned, notes JK.

Patrix has a solution to solve two problems plaguing the US economy — Medicare and the woes of its airline industry.

Jeff Ooi, a Malaysian blogger currently touring India, notes the process of land acquisition for the IT industry in Bangalore. Malaysia too had to contend with this problem when it launched its Multimedia Super Corridor project a few years ago.

And finally, Sruthijith agonises over how ideologically confused student politics is replaying the George Fernandes vs Coca Cola battle of the 1970s. This time the target is a campus cafe selling Nescafe.

1 thought on “A blogside view of the Indian economy”

  1. I’ve found Ayn Rand to have a disproportionately large following among Indian readers. I suspect this has a lot to do with the fact that the behavior of the government described in Atlas Shrugged, not to mention the preening psuedo-intellectuals who latch onto it, has so much in common with the Indian government and its leftist acolytes. Particularly before 1991.

    Personally, I think Rand had her good points, but doesn’t deserve the kind of deification that hard-core Objectivists have given her. I second Amardeep Singh’s recommendation of Cathy Young’s essay on Rand, which I though provided a pretty balanced view of her work and legacy.

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