Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hypocrisy in Indian Society

India is an apt case to study hypocrisy in twenty first century societies. Let us consider¬† an example that proves our hypocritical nature. Moral policing done by certain quasi-political, quasi-social groups is known to many of us as they usually … Continue reading

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Tackling Naxalism

Naxalism and terrorism are two great challenges for a state in the twenty first century. The former is considered relatively moderate compared to terrorism and also enjoys the support of a certain section of the ‘knowledge-elite’. The reason for this … Continue reading

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Who will watch the watchdog?

Judiciary is said to be the watchdog in a democracy but the recent cases of graft in the judicial system force us to think about this question “Who will watch the watchdog?”. The cases also reinforce the all-compassing nature of … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences of Capitalism

Churchill once said that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time” (from a House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947). I would like to draw … Continue reading

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Uniform civil code for Indians

Article 44 of the Indian Constitution mandates a uniform civil code for the whole nation. Has the time come to realize this directive principle of state policy? Our constitutional forefathers were so foresighted that they thought some of the provisions … Continue reading

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Do the political elite really mean what they say?

While delving into the above question, I am restricting myself to the political elite only as the contemporary example that has led me to think about this is related to politics (power relationships in social sciences). Though, I admit that … Continue reading

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Is India a successful democracy?

Success-Failure, Right-Wrong etc are always relative concepts and context plays a very important role in commenting about the rightness or wrongness, success or failure. Taking that historical view, I would say that our democracy is a success. From the autocratic … Continue reading

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Should we earn more and more money?

Some great people that I have met have told me that we should not go behind money and the immediate question that comes into my mind is “In which economy do these great people live?”. We all live in a … Continue reading

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Ills of being ‘morally right’

Many a times, I wonder what makes these IAS officers to become corrupt to the extent of apportioning the funds meant for flood rehabilitation, slum development, etc (While the list is long, these are the most heinous or inhumane).¬† I … Continue reading

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How society values certain occupations to the detriment of others?

I had heard that rocket science was considered to be a complex discipline but economics seems to be more complex than that. Not only is it complex but some of its principles are immoral. The theory of supply and demand … Continue reading

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