Faculty Press Articles
January 17, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine rollout in India seen as high-handed and reckless by many people
As India rolls out what will be the world’s largest vaccination drive to contain the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic, it is instructive to look back to another time and another disease that was sought to be tamed with an equally large rollout.
January 16, 2021
Examining budgetary health during the pandemic
Empirical evidence suggests that the two episodes associated with macroeconomic vulnerability in India were those preceded by expansionary fiscal policies
January 10, 2021
‘Black Spartacus’: A biography of the man who may have been the first great anti-colonialist leader
“The name of Toussaint L’Ouverture is all but unknown in India,” remarked Ramananda Chatterjee, the editor of the Calcutta-based Modern Review, in April 1908. “Lives such as his,” nevertheless, “may inspire us with self-confidence.” Chatterjee, whose Modern Review was a fearless critic of imperialism and racism, printed for his readers a biographical sketch of this intrepid Haitian revolutionary leader. It ended with a poignant question: was he “the greatest man that has ever lived?”
December 23, 2020
The pioneering lawyer who fought for women’s suffrage in India
In the US, it has been 100 years since women cast their votes for the first time. A century ago in the United Kingdom, the first female law students were admitted to the Inns of Court.
December 20, 2020
What awaits India, post-Covid-19
Almost four decades ago, the late Bal Thackeray of the Shiv Sena and the technologist Sam Pitroda found themselves on the same stage. Pitroda talked of innovation that could grow watermelons square-shaped so that they could be packed efficiently and ...
December 19, 2020
What we have forgotten about the pandemics that killed millions of Indians over 100 years ago
Depending on one’s perspective, this blighted year has been the best or worst possible time to pick up a book (properly sanitised, of course) about the history of deadly global pandemics. Chinmay Tumbe makes a strong case for the former.
December 17, 2020
Embracing nature during pandemic: Building a positive attitude
Our relationship with nature is delightfully summed up in this quote from the popular tele-serial ‘Boston Legal’. As the lawyer on an exotic holiday tells his friend talking about environmental laws: “Let me tell you something, I came out here to enj...
December 16, 2020
How APMC Monopoly Is The Core Reason For Farmer Suicides In India
The corroding nature of Agricultural Produce Market Committee’s (APMC's) monopoly on Indian farming is well known. However, it's more sinister impact on farmers — that they were directly responsible for farmer suicides — is not that well known.
December 15, 2020
Opinion: Will Kamala Bloom Again?
A recent survey by the US Captioning Company, which subtitles and captions real time events in courtrooms and on TV, revealed that 'Kamala' was one of the most mispronounced words of 2020...
December 15, 2020
Why RBI needs to look beyond inflation
Through covid-19, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) have had to undertake a series of extraordinary steps. These include deep policy interest rate cuts, strong banking liquidity infusion, intense bond and currency market operations, besides measures to preserve financial stability.
The Shillong Times
December 15, 2020
What Amitabh Kant’s remarks reveal to us
The BJP has distanced itself from the remarks by the CEO of Niti Aayog Amitabh Kant that India has been “too much of a democracy” to allow for reforms that the career bureaucrat categorised as “bold”. Officers trying to keep the ruling party in good humour, particularly when they have been given plum roles, is nothing new.