Feeling Blue, Tell the Truth

By Annavajhula J.C. Bose, PhD, Department of Economics, SRCC Have you heard this song by the now defunct English-American band Derek and the Dominos, released in 1970? Tell me who's been fooling you?Tell the truthNow who's been fooling who? There you sit there, looking so coolWhile the whole show is passing you byYou better come [...]

Fun Fact: Laver’s Law; Predicting Trend Cycles

By Bharati J Krishnan, Deputy Editor Fashion trends are bound to change, however, predicting them is not impossible. James Laver attempted to do so by categorizing fashion trends according to the time they were fashionable in history. He was an English author, critic, art and fashion historian, and museum curator who acted as Keeper of [...]

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Surrendering In The Red Corridor

By Devika M, Chief Editor and Ashmita Chowdhury, Junior Editor India’s story of insurgency has dominated discourse since its independence. As an ode to Mao’s doctrine, in essentialist terms, Naxalism mobilised a people’s war denouncing the bourgeois institution of the Indian state.  Having first emerged in the subcontinent, in the Telangana peasant rebellion in late [...]

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Naomi Klein

By Annavajhula J.C. Bose, PhD, Department of Economics, SRCC. Although not greatly educated- formally- and having not even completed her degree in the philosophy and literature studies at the University of Toronto, Naomi Klein has become famous as a critical thinker and social activist in the last two decades. Her resounding analyses and inter alia [...]

Fun Fact: The Leftist Origins of the Monopoly Board Game

By Riya Kalia, Junior Editor Memories of fondness and frustration are often associated with one of the world’s most popular board games, Monopoly. As all players will know, the game involves players competing for limited properties or utilities and ends with one monopolist controlling the properties and utilities on the board, having expropriated all the [...]

Indian Village Life

By Annavajhula J.C. Bose, PhD, Department of Economics, SRCC Doing agricultural economics without knowing the literature of rural life is like vainly pretending to  be in communion with the cycles of the natural world without having an iota of intimacy with the rawness of agricultural life. We the cityfied urban people talk about the villagers [...]

Contextualizing Ivory-Tower Theories

By Annavajhula J.C. Bose, PhD Department of Economics, SRCC Making sense of disparate, context-free theories can be confusing. For example, Akerlof (1982) tells you elegantly that giving a worker a fair deal in terms of a longish and stable employment contract brings out good performance. By contrast, Shapiro and Stiglitz (1984) also elegantly tell you [...]

Our Food is Killing Us

By Annavajhula J.C. Bose, PhD Department of Economics, SRCC Over the last six months, I have been eating home-made-like food, off and on, at the ‘langars’ at the Singhu Border, where the Punjab and Haryana farmers are protesting using the logo “No Farmers, No Food”. While I empathise with their apprehension of their livelihoods being [...]

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The Farmers Movement Indicates a New Direction for Indian Politics

By Prof. Amit Bhaduri (The article was originally published by The Citizen on 11 May 2021. The views expressed are personal.) In times of doubt and despair, remind yourself of a line from Pablo Neruda: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming”. The government has done everything to cut [...]

Psycho-pathologies of Market Societies

By Annavajhula J.C. Bose, PhD Department of Economics, SRCC In their classic economic history book, which should be a compulsory reading for college students, Heilbroner and Milberg address themselves to the interesting question as to how  three societies that superseded each other, viz. tradition-run societies, command societies and market societies or a spectrum of capitalisms, [...]

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