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Indian History and 2014 – Part 5

February 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

History is about people, their motivations and their actions. With 20-20 hindsight, we can study what people in the past did and how successful they were in their objectives. Understanding our past will help us decide what we should do in the present and guide us into the future. This is, in some ways, the [...]

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Indian History and 2014 – Part 4

February 9th, 2012 · No Comments

In India, politics has been reduced to a focus on the trivial. . The UP elections seem to focus on caste, quotas and freebies. It is a race to the bottom. At least that is what it seems from the outside. Populism, more than progressive policies, rules. Maybe it will take another election for different [...]

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Indian History and 2014 – Part 3

February 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment

My motivation in reading about the past has been to see if there is a way we in India can make a better political choice in 2014, when the next elections are due (unless of course, we have a mid-term poll). Will the Congress be back for one more term? Will the BJP manage to [...]

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Indian History and 2014 – Part 2

February 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Over the past month or so, I have begun to read India’s post-Independence history. The objective was to get a better understanding of India’s political past, so one can think about the future. The idea was to understand the evolution of the various political leaders, dig deeper into the events that have shaped the policies [...]

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Indian History and 2014 – Part 1

February 6th, 2012 · No Comments

History was never a subject I particularly liked when in school. Maybe, it was because all it involved was memorisation of lots of dates and events, and other random stuff. History just seemed so static – we were studying our own country, but in a sort of distant way. And then there was  world history [...]

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Weekend Reading

December 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: India Internet Report: by Avendus. “We have attempted to construct an in-depth perspective of the Indian Digital Consumer industry as it stands today.” 11 Programming Trends: from InfoWorld. “From JavaScript everywhere to everything on the JVM, the times and the tools are a-changing. So too is the way programmers work, thanks to [...]

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Elections 2009: What Next for the BJP? (Part 8)

June 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Opposition Party Role: Credible and Substantive Finally, the BJP has to accept its role as the leading Opposition Party in India for the next five years. There are three things that the party can do which can help it win back the confidence of voters who were disappointed with some of the party’s antics during [...]

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Elections 2009: A Unique Experience — Part 3: Writings

April 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

During this period, there were a number of posts that I wrote related to the Elections. Here is a list of all of them. (In case you missed them, I would especially recommend reading the ones prefixed with an asterisk.) An Assessment (Apr 10) (*) Building a Complement to a Political Party (Apr 8 ) [...]

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