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Analysis and Commentary

‘Social Justice Warrior’ Vandana Shiva Is A Poor Advocate For The Poor

by Henry I. Millervia American Council on Science and Health
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The recently-published “Social Justice Warrior Handbook,” which satirizes people who promote liberal, multicultural, anti-capitalist, anti-globalization, politically correct views, could have had Indian activist and mountebank Vandana Shiva on the cover. She opposes the tools and practices of modern agriculture and science--and well, modernity in general—and advocates retrogressive policies that will cause widespread malnourishment, deprivation and death to the very people she claims to champion. And she’s no friend of the environment, either.

In the News

The Story Of India’s Ever-Growing Forex Reserves At The Time Of Fiscal Slippage

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Financial Express (India)
Friday, February 2, 2018

Five months ago, on September 8, India's Forex Reserves touch the $400 billion mark for the first time, then slipped below the mark; and then, once, again, touched in the mark after five weeks.

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In the News

Ten Interesting Things That We Read This Week

quoting Larry Diamondvia Forbes India
Friday, January 26, 2018

Some of the most interesting topics covered in this week's iteration are related to 'The internet filling up because Indians are sending millions of 'Good Morning' texts, 'Debunking myths about estrangement', and 'Loneliness contributing to our increasingly tribal politics'.


Raghuram Rajan: Higher Oil Pricing Is An Emerging Issue

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia NDTV
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan says that when oil prices came down, because India imports oil, it showed up as an addition to GDP. Now that oil prices are going up it will show up as a subtraction from GDP, and that certainly is an area for concern going forward.

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Niall Ferguson’s “The Square and the Tower”

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Niall Ferguson's "The Square And The Tower"

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A historical overview of networks and power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.


"We Had Two Big Headwinds": Raghuram Rajan On Slowdown

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia NDTV
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan says the Indian economy had two big headwinds last year, in the form of demonetisation and GST. The economy was held back relative to global economy partly because of these headwinds, he adds. In the long term, says Mr Rajan, GST will have very positive effects. He also says the rising oil prices are an emerging issue and it remains to be seen how much that will affect growth.


Here's What Raghuram Rajan Expects From Budget 2018

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia Economic Times (India)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan hopes the Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley in India, will stick to macro stability as he writes the Budget and not create a fiscal deficit to an extent that India looks unreliable.

In the News

West Must Share Benefits Of Growth With Emerging World: Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Economic Times (India)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said the Western world must realize they cannot go a long way without the help of the emerging economies and warned that no one would be able to resolve any problem of a 'fractured world' if things are not set right soon.

In the News

Ex-RBI Chief Rajan Says India Rate Panel's Doing A Good Job

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan gave a vote of confidence to the monetary policy committee led by his successor, which has been facing criticism from some government advisers for keeping interest rates too high.