Archive for February 29th, 2016

Surge of Amma brand in Tamil Nadu (and clone could emerge elsewhere)

February 29, 2016

T E Narasimhan has this interesting piece on the Amma brand based on TN Chief Minister Jayalalitha.

It is all ironical really. One would imagine private sector to dominate private sector in Indian economy and a new private player to challenge the incumbents. But the challenges  are coming from babas and politicians. It perhaps goes back to our historical roots where we always believed gods and kings more than anything else:

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How to ensure incumbents are not reelected so easily…

February 29, 2016

Interesting bit of advice from Hans Gersbach. Something India’s election commission should look at:

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The core idea pursued here is to tie the vote-share for re-election to the one obtained in election and to compare the candidate’s re-electoral performance with his own previous electoral result. If we extend this rule to more than one re-election, it would work as follows: instead of simply having to gain more votes than his challenger, an incumbent’s vote-share in re-election should never fall below his previous electoral performance. Such a rule would preserve those effects of the incumbency advantages that are beneficial to society4 and mitigate the office-holders’ incentives to reduce his efforts. In short, I suggest tying re-election to the incumbent’s electoral history.
Discusses both merits and demerits of the idea..

UAE establishes a Ministry of Happiness, Tolerance, and Youth..

February 29, 2016

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai) has this piece in Project Syndicate. UAE recently formed such a Ministry and he explains reasons for the same.

This is easily one of the best articles and one of the most interesting developments in recent times. It is also such a surprise to see the rule of Dubai write such a piece. When the world leadership barely struggles to speak properly, it is amazing to see King of Dubai of all leaders writing a piece on governance:

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