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Weekend Reading

April 4th, 2009 · No Comments

This week’s links:

  • State of Indian Politics: An interview in The Times of India with Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph, emeritus professors at the University of Chicago, have been studying India since the 1950s.”We have noticed four changes. First, a decline in the politics of charisma and darshan and a rise in the politics of vote banks and benefits. Second, the emergence of two Indias, the one-third of the voting public that views television and whose vote is shaped by personalities and persuasion, and the two-thirds of the voting public whose vote is shaped by identity politics.”
  • Reinventing America’s Cities: A blog post by Atanu Dey, based on an article in the New York Times. Very relevant for creating New Indian cities also.
  • The Quiet Coup: by Simon Johnson in The Atlantic. “The [financial] crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time.”
  • How I Keep Track of Information: by Seth Levine
  • Five Founders: by Paul Graham. “Inc recently asked me who I thought were the 5 most interesting startup founders of the last 30 years.”

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