Archive for: April 2014

You are an adult now: Make it COUNT.

Ah, those joyful moments when our elders give us a lecture about being responsible and careful and the other adjectives which are so important in our lives. Then there are those moments when we see them do the exact opposite of what they want us to inculcate. We smile, quietly, of course. In the succeeding argument or lecture (call it whatever you want, it’s still annoying), we begin to raise our voice accusing them of doing the same misdeeds and tell them to leave us alone. At that point, they throw their hands up but sigh in exasperation knowing that we’re right.

Often times, people tell us to act our age and then, you start thinking seriously. Some people manage to overcome the ‘youth’ barrier and start pondering about the moral values our parents wanted us to have in the first place. Some think about the social disruption and inconveniences that affect our nation due to a variety of reasons. Even after the small changes that you make, you’re still treated like a kid. “You’re 16 now! Start being a better example for your younger brother!” “Stop being such a drama queen! You’re not a kid anymore.” Then, assuming your level of tolerance is low, you shout defiantly that you’re not a kid anymore and that you expect to be treated like an adult.
It’s funny how the above refreshing comments stop once you’re 18. Ah, to be an adult and still, young! 18’s a great age. You have the world at your feet. Your parents stop nagging you and your peers admire your transformation. Continue Reading..


Saleh Mowla
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Saleh Mowla

Secularism: Come have a slice of it.

The Rupee is crumbling in front of the dollar? Well, we are secular.

Women are raped in broad daylight? Aren’t we secular?

Farmers are on a suicide rampage? Give their families Secularism in place of compensation and solutions.

Scam after scam? Secularism is investigating it.

Pakistan fires on our troops? We need to be secular there.

Maoists terminate the political dreams of thirty people? We are secular, they aren’t!

Chinese troops come to Ladakh for a picnic? We have Secularism to battle them.

The Indian housewives’ usual conversation with her husband over the phone which went as, “Darling, come home early, I have made Pav Bhaaji for you” has been altered to, “Darling come home early, I have made Secularism for you”. The bright classroom kid came home waving his report card yelling, “Mummy! A+ in each and every subject”; but now he comes screaming, “Mummy! I got A+ in Secularism and failed in the rest”, to which a proud mother replies, Continue Reading..


Ziauddin Sherkar
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Ziauddin Sherkar

The Practicing Economist: Credible Policy

The RBI governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan concluded his credit policy press conference speech by stating that the only surprise in this bi-monthly (the first of this financial year 2014-15) credit policy announcement was that there were no surprises.

In his characteristic lucid style, the RBI governor clearly communicated to the markets that the central bank was not interested in playing any fool’s day prank on the economy by keeping the repo and reverse repo rates unchanged, the governor rewarded for once the economists and analysist who on several occasions in the past failed to read the governor’s mind. Continue Reading..


Sundeep Bedi
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Sundeep Bedi