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Some Clarity Please

The Economic & Political Weekly is to be appreciated for launching “an occasional column that will take a ‘tongue-in-cheek look’ at economics and society” (“The View from Above,” Postscript, 4 April 2015). On 16 May 2015, in an effort to impart complex ideas as simply as possible, in this column, the “illogical Toothcomber” tackles the profligacy of the poor and economic inequality, which I read with delight. However, the message of Toothcomber passed over my head. I did not understand the previous one too, which was intended to help ordinary people who are wondering about the reasons for the sustained rise in the price of onions (4 April 2015). I did not find it sufficiently “tongue-in-cheek,” as claimed.

Perhaps, I lack the calibre to understand Toothcomber. Being an outsider to the discipline one may not understand the nuances of economics, but one should be able to get the drift of the message. Though it is often embroiled in pseudo-mathematics, being a social science, the discipline of economics is directly related to the society, to people. A non-economist should be able to understand the crux of the issue being discussed, though s/he may not understand “the non-negative orthant of n-dimensional Euclidean space” or “Cobb-Douglas production process.”

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