Thursday, August 7, 2008

Some old Op-Eds and Commentaries

Untangling the threads associated with defaulters, New Business Age, July 2007


Consequences of weak industrial relations, New Business Age, March 2007


The Economics of Reservation, Business Journal, December 2007

Maoist lawmakers: 'Miss Nepal' contest is capitalistic

For some time Nepal has been sliding towards socialism. As a continuation of that slide, now some Maoists lawmakers have labeled 'Miss Nepal' contest, from where one model is chosen to participate in the Miss World contest, as "anti-women" and "capitalistic" and have banned any such contest in Nepal. Wow, what an ignorant bunch of lawmakers!

A contest to choose the next "Miss Nepal" slated for Thursday was cancelled after Maoist female lawmakers denounced the beauty pageant.

The former rebels emerged as the single largest party in the country's newly elected assembly and are poised to form the next government.

"We won't let the event take place. We don't need such a thing in the new federal democratic republic of Nepal where women are treated as objects of entertainment," Maoist lawmaker Amrita Thapa told AFP Wednesday.

She said the Maoists would not allow an "anti-women" event inspired by "capitalist" elements.

This is absolutely ridiculous and populist argument. I don't think the models who participate in such event are being treated as "objects of entertainment." In an open society, it is their right to participate in beauty pageant, they do it by choice, and it is their profession. The lawmakers are infringing in the rights and freedom of these models. Also, who are the lawmakers to decide whether such events are "anti-women." I believe only a handful of very conservative women who believe more in taboos rather than in logical arguments (like the Maoist lawmakers) think it is "anti-women." These lawmakers, who have not updated their knowledge in line with the advancement in economic and political fronts in the past decades, will stifle freedom and encourage activities that are unfriendly to investors and entrepreneurs.

Someone please clean up the misguided minds, obsessed with archaic Marxism, of these lawmakers. I personally dislike the Maoist's economic and social policies (read here and here)

Links of Interest

Rajasthan gets India's first millennium village 

Amarpura in Churu district of Rajasthan has been declared as India’s first millennium village...“The millennium villages are a way of meeting the millennium development goals,” economist Jeffrey Sachs, director The Earth Institute, said. Sachs will work with the Gita Mittal foundation in Amarpura. The foundation, the trustees of which include steel baron ML Mittal and his sons Lakshmi Narain, Pramod and Vinod, has made a commitment to contribute whatever is required in the area, part of Rajgarh tehsil, which is also their ancestral home.

Sachs & Warner (1995), again

Why was economics so late in starting?

Amartya Sen bats for industrialisation

After Doha, What's Next? Q&A with CGD's Randall Soderquist

Capitalism and Keynes: From the Treatise on Probability to The General Theory (by Edmund Phelps)...also related Keynes and the current financial crisis

Friedman's Nobel Lecture reconsidered

Recognizing farmer's knowledge in development initiatives: The legacy: Beyond nukes (by Arvind Subramanian)

On the Significance of Geneva

Indigenous bee-keeping in Alaba Special woreda, Southern Ethiopia

(This paper argues that recognizing and documenting indigenous bee-keeping practice in the woreda is a pre-requisite to sustain honey production and strengthen existing development efforts aimed at improving the living standard of low income farmers...the authors argue that early introduction of modern apiculture in the study area has not taken in to account the role and significance of indigenous knowledge in development process.)