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Monday, November 08, 2010

Interesting readings

C. Raja Mohan in Foreign Policy magazine on India's strategic future.

Vivek Kulkarni in the Hindu Business Line estimates the magnitude of corruption in Karnataka.

Ashish Nandy in Outlook magazine on India's proclivity towards censorship.

How to improve tax compliance in India: Thorsten Beck, Chen Lin and Yue Ma have an article where they say that financial development helps reduce tax evasion: when firms use more external financing, they have greater incentive to not `cook the books', which induces bigger tax payments.

Salil Tripathi in Caravan magazine on improving freedom of speech in the UK.

Robert F. Worth in the New York Times on the shift of the State in Saudi Arabian away from tolerating Islamic fundamentalism to fighting it.

Who was right: Aldous Huxley or George Orwell?

Nicholas Schmidle in The Atlantic with a story from Ghana about something we badly need in India: serious investigative journalism.

Anand Giridharadas in the New York Times, and Kimberly Brooks on the Huffington Post on alternatives to the handshake, particularly `Namaste'.

I just read this beautiful obituary for Milton Friedman, written by Larry Summers.

In continuation of the Indian debate on ownership and governance of critical financial infrastructure, see Jeremy Grant in the Financial Times.

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