Archive for July 22nd, 2013

Waking upto Bangalore’s water woes and economics of RO water purifier..

July 22, 2013

Relocating to Bangalore has been a wakeup call on many fronts. The blogger can easily see the huge urbanisation emergency facing India if things continue this way. The tragedy has already stuck our main cities and more cities are going to be added to the list. Some experts call India’s urbanisation a huge opportunity but this is ridden with huge assumptions and out of touch with reality. Or may be they are living in cities where these problems have not really come about. In that case they should name the cities hey live in, which will help people relocate to their city (and make it worse!).

Ok to the blogpost. Today I got another wake-up call on Bangalore’s deep water woes. Earlier one would read it but now it is time to face the music. This blog has lamented on the fact that all one sees around Bangalore is water tankers. So much so, middle class has got so used to them, that no one cares. All this in a city which bought India most of  the fame. Now, I realise how poor the quality is of whatever little water people get.

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Varieties of state capitalism and their implications for economic performance

July 22, 2013

Interesting paper by Aldo Musacchio (of HBS) and Sérgio G. Lazzarini.

They compare state capitalism as a leviathan and show how state capitalism has evolved over the years. State holds stakes in companies in 2 forms: as majority investor and a minority investor. If former form has declined, States have overcome that by gaining in latter.

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