This question first came to my mind a few years back when I was trying to identify the basic causes of persistent poverty in India. Even after more than 60 years of independence, the poverty rate was hovering around 25%. The problem has remained a scourge and a stumbling block preventing the progress and development… Continue reading In Absentia: Did India have any worthwhile intellectual leadership since independence?
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the… Continue reading 2015 in review
In the previous article in this blog, “Does the Idea of Crony Capitalism Have Anything to do with Indian Polity and Economy?” dated September 19, 2015, I expressed my skepticism about applying the concept of Crony Capitalism to Indian polity and economy and the reasons behind my skepticism. It was explained in that article that… Continue reading Crony Capitalism is an Oxymoron: India is a Nation of Crony Socialism and Crony Fascism
For almost a year or more, there have been numerous articles in the newspapers and TV panel discussions about what is called “Crony Capitalism” being present everywhere in Indian polity. The idea of Capitalism, as a principle of social organization, has always been anathema to Indian intellectuals and politicians since independence. The fundamental principles of capitalism… Continue reading Does the Idea of Crony Capitalism Have Anything to do with Indian Polity and Economy?
Two of my previous articles published in this blog were in response to Ramachandra Guha’s very brief intellectual history of India since independence published in The Caravan magazine on March 1, 2015: In Absentia: Where are India’s conservative intellectuals? In this blog post, I would just consider two paragraphs of his article which are an… Continue reading Misunderstanding, misconception and Misinterpretation of Ideas of Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism, and Secularism By Indian Intellectuals
Ramachandra Guha’s article, “In Absentia: Where are India’s conservative intellectuals?” in “The Caravan” magazine published on 1 March 2015, as a brief intellectual history of India since independence, is much more significant in many other ways as a barometer of the current state of Indian culture than what the author identifies as the paradox: The lack of conservative… Continue reading A Critique of Ramachandra Guha’s Brief Intellectual History of India Since Independence
Ramachandra Guha’s very long article (17 pages), “In Absentia: Where are India’s conservative intellectuals? in “The Caravan” magazine published on 1 March 2015 is significant in many aspects as a brief intellectual history of India since independence, the least of which is what he considers as a paradox of Indian public life or Indian culture. The… Continue reading How To Resolve Ramachandra Guha’s Paradox About Lack of Conservative Intellectuals in India?