Archive for January 31st, 2013

Why don’t Indian farmers grow more fruits and vegetables?

January 31, 2013

A brilliant post by Dr. Richa Govil of Ashoka India on IFMR’s BLog.

She asks why farmers don’t grow fruits and veggies over cereals?


Bhagvada Gita: A Sociological Reading…

January 31, 2013

Devika Mittal of South Asian Univ has this nice short article on the topic.

She compares Bhagvad Gita principles/values with  other sociological texts of western thinkers like Weber and Burke.

Bhagavada-Gita is roughly 2,000 years old yet it has retained its importance as one of the most valuable Hindu scripture. It consists of the sermon of Lord Krishna that was delivered to Arjuna during the mythical Mahabharata war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Krishna recited the meaning of “dharma”, the path to liberation from the material word and to attain “nirvana” or salvation. In this paper, an attempt has been made to cull out the social values embedded in the text. The paper also attempts to relate these prescribed values to the theories of 19th century sociologists like Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and Edmund Burke to determine if similarities can be drawn between a 2,000 year old and some 2 centuries year old texts.

Basically and also expected, Bhagvad Gita stands the test of time…It is still relevant and helps understand many of the social changes etc..

I haven’t read any of these texts so have nothing to share..Just wanted to share this as it does point to some common areas between these texts written across time..

Japan’s lessons for America’s budget warriors…

January 31, 2013

Comparison between US 2008 crisis vs Japan’s 1990 crisis is expected to continue for a long long time.

John Makin of AEI points to lessons for US. He says US should avoid fiscal austerity and stimulate economic activity. It should not follow policies of Japan’s stop and go approach towards stimulus.


How and why Paul Samuelson shifted based from Harvard to MIT…

January 31, 2013

Roger Backhouse of University of Birmingham writes this nice paper. This is pretty much folklore in economics that how  MIT’s econ dept became the force as Paul Samuelson joined MIT.

However, Backhouse nicely stitches this tale of how and why Samuelson quit Harvard to joint MIT .


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