ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Is GM Technology 'Anti-fragile'?

There have been several articles for and against genetically modified (GM) crops in journals around the world, including the EPW. This debate can be viewed in terms of a recent book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb entitled Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. One would like to ask the question: Is...

Learning from China and Japan

Two recent news items suggest that India has a lot to learn from the east Asian countries like China and Japan. The first one is about Minister for Rural Development and Sanitation Jairam Ramesh’s statement on 27 July that the Indian rail is the world’s largest “open toilet”. This comment is true...

Sans Hostility

The commentary on “Rio+20: What Is at Stake” by T Jayaraman, Divya Singh Kohli and Shruti Mittal ( EPW , 9 June 2012) misses one point, and that is, a country like India should think beyond its borders demarcated by land. Recently, I got an opportunity to travel around the world by ship on a study...

Policy on Beef and Pork

Last month’s beef festival in Osmania University has opened up a new a venue for a national level policy in the livestock sector, in particular, as it relates to the demand and supply of beef, and related economics. While most of the focus of the reaction to the beef festival has been in terms of...

Revisiting Nehruvian Policies

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

Growth with Equity

Thomas Weisskopf’s concern for equity (“Why Worry about Inequality in the Booming Indian Economy?”, EPW, 19 November 2011) shows that India needs to “walk on two legs” of growth and equity. This is the only way mass-based changes can be implemented or else India will not be able to cope with bigger...

Study of Excellence

Ashok Mitra’s review of Sulabha Brahme’s book on D R Gadgil’s writings discusses two icons of India, Prasant Chandra Mahalanobis and Dhananjayrao Gadgil (EPW, 15 October 2011). As a follow-up to his review, I would like to urge researchers to pursue a dispassionate analysis of what happened to...

Aphorisms for Crisis

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (New York: Random House), 2010; pp xii+112, $18.

Bihar Elections

The election results from Bihar clearly show that people have voted in favour of a political alliance which offers better hopes for the future than the other political parties which were just bent on criticising Nitish Kumar’s government. The coalition led by Nitish Kumar has won handsomely mainly...

Second Plan Insights

I read the insightful article by Nasir Tyabji, “Private Industry and the Second Five-Year Plan: The Mundhra Episode as Exemplar of Capitalist Myopia” (EPW, 7 August), with great interest. I had to read it three times to fully grasp the history outlined in this article and its implications because...

Why Criticise the Second Five-Year Plan?

Deena Khatkhate in his review of K S Krishnaswamy’s book Windows of Opportunity: Memoirs of an Economic Adviser (EPW, 24 July) discusses the pitfalls of the Second and Third Five-Year Plans. As an alumnus of the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, where the important Second Plan was developed,...

Of Bubbles and Black Swans

Over the past 30 years, Soros has written three books, which focus on this bubble theory, and his ideas are well documented on the web site of the Open Society Institute. He has discussed his theory in various fora, such as, on CNN with Fareed Zakaria, and has pinpointed limitations of the...

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