Archive for August 5th, 2016

How political leaders especially on the populist right differentiate based on hairdos….

August 5, 2016

Nice piece by Ian Buruma.

Don’t just laugh off hairstyles and other style statements by politicians. The whole idea is to stand out from the crowd and their opposition:

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Should banks disclose who they are lending to?

August 5, 2016

This is an interesting piece by Joe Athialy of Scroll.in.

He points to an analysis which shows SBI has invested in Orbital ATK. This is a US based company which is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ammunition, including cluster bombs, and a leading supplier of precision systems and electronic warfare. On his asking SBI, no information was disclosed. Perturbed he says, banks should disclose their loans and investments to depositors:

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Why would a government adopt harmful policies, and why would society go along?

August 5, 2016

Prof Ricardo Hausman asks this question taking the Venezuelan example:

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State of Agra: From city of Taj to city of simians..

August 5, 2016

The woes of Agra are rarely discussed anywhere in the national media. Given India’s obsession with foreigners and latter coming in large numbers to visit the monument, the city of Agra should have got a much better deal. Both Agra and Bangalore are two places which have interested a lot of foreigners in the country albeit for different reasons, are in such terrible mess. If not for own people’s sake, we should have atleast done something to keep the foreigners interested.

This story on rising population of monkeys in Agra just shows how the city keeps moving from one crisis to other:

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