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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Interesting readings

Extend and pretend by Ila Patnaik in Indian Express, October 31, 2017.

Principles to guide bank bailouts by Ajay Shah in Business Standard, October 30, 2017.

Depending on how you count, this is the #1 or #2 research institution in the country: Astrology workshop in IISc stalled by R. Prasad in The Hindu, October 28, 2017.

Toxic VC and the marginal-dollar problem by Eric Paley in Techcrunch, October 26, 2017. Also see: Indian capitalism is not doomed, September 7, 2012.

Seems to be very good news for India: The Impact of Media Censorship: Evidence from a Field Experiment in China by Yuyu Chen and David Y. Yang in Stanford, October 25, 2017.

The rehabilitation of Nitin Mangal by Ashish K. Mishra in The Ken , October 24, 2017.

Regulatory overreach on holding structures by Sharad Abhyankar and Soumyadri Chattopadhyaya in Mint, October 24, 2017.

You don't have to stand up at a cinema hall to be perceived as patriotic: Justice Chandrachud by Krishnadas Rajagopal in The Hindu, October 23, 2017.

Kolmogorov Complicity And The Parable Of Lightning by Scott Alexander in Slate Star Codex, October 23, 2017.

The New Populism Isn't About Economics by Tyler Cowen in Bloomberg, October 23, 2017.

Bitcoin as a way to short bad things by Jayanth Varma in Jayanth R. Varma's Financial Markets Blog, October 22, 2017.

Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now? by Jason Burke in The guardian, October 21, 2017.

How the Muslim World Lost the Freedom to Choose by Kim Ghattas in Foreign Policy, October 20, 2017.

Is Vladimir Putin Losing His Grip? by Anders ├ůslund in Project Syndicate, October 19, 2017.

When Stalin Faced Hitler by Stephen Kotkin in Foreign Affairs, September 19, 2017.

The billion dollar widget steering the driverless car industry by Ben Popper in Flipboard, October 18, 2017.

Machines Took Over the Stock Market. Next Up, Bonds by Telis Demos in The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2017.

Tragedy of the Common by J.B. MacKinnon in Pacific Standard, October 17, 2017.

1.3 Billion People Are in One Man's Grip by Victor Shih and Jude Blanchette in Foreign policy, October 16, 2017.

The Long Road to Transformation of Agricultural Markets in India by Nidhi Aggarwal, Sargam Jain and Sudha Narayanan in Economic and Political Weekly, October 14, 2017.

Can American soil be brought back to life? by Jenny Hopkinson in politico, September 13, 2017.

Solzhenitsyn's cathedrals by Gary Saul Morson in The New Criterion, October, 2017.


  1. "How the Muslim World Lost the Freedom to Choose by Kim Ghattas in Foreign Policy, October 20, 2017."

    When a country declares a religion as the state religion, I don't understand how that is not automatically labeled as apartheid and does not attract censure and sanctions from UN?
    Individual acts of violation of secularism in already progressive countries are painstakingly and repeatedly ginned up in international forums, but how come the addition of preference to a religion in the constitution does not attract proportional response? Furthermore, nobody seems to have any problem using the phrase "muslim country" when that should automatically imply religious apartheid. Notwithstanding the obvious absurdity of that term.

    Why this massive blind spot?

    Oh and this article seems to state the problem clearly, but what is the point when it does not pick on the idealogical changes and its sponsors?

  2. Its not clear to me why you think China's censorship and its impact on the curiosity of Chinese students is 'good news' for India.

  3. Regarding the Foreign Policy article, when analyzing the political history of Pakistan in terms of the shrinking space to choose, surely the most important dimension has to be in political choice.

    Not trying to de-emphasize women's rights over their bodies and expression, but these freedoms should be the consequence of accepting people's right to make political choices, not a precursor/alternative to them.

    In Pakistan, the choice of the Bengali majority to elect its leaders and have a voice proportional to its weight was neutered by the an elite, which although comfortable with western dress, was uncomfortable with democracy. Once credible political choices are off the table, turning to religious or some other form of extremism is a very likely outcome.


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