Summary of Walks Along the Proposed Elevated Corridor Project in Bengaluru

I've been recently volunteering with Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) to help document ward committees and infrastructure projects in the city. As part of our work, I'm taking a look at the newly proposed Elevated Corridor Project, which promises to build a network of elevated roads across the city, connecting various end-points of Bengaluru to each… Continue reading Summary of Walks Along the Proposed Elevated Corridor Project in Bengaluru

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Some Responses to an Article on Teaching Economics

Note: Please read this article before reading my response below.   ---   Economists today have an unenviable task - they have to re-examine how their field is practiced and have to accept valuable feedback, while simultaneously fending off badly framed criticisms like this article in The Atlantic. We dug ourselves into this hole though,… Continue reading Some Responses to an Article on Teaching Economics

Thought for Independence Day

The Independence movement is passing out of living memory. Even the youngest people who were politically active freedom fighters back then are now in their 80s and 90s. In a decade or so, the struggle for Independence will exist solely as historical record rather than living recollections of those who took part in it.  … Continue reading Thought for Independence Day

On Dealing with Change in Bengaluru

I woke up this morning to the sound of crashing trees. My neighbour, who lives in a house that is probably half-a-century old, was getting six trees on his grounds cut down. The plot next door to his is the site of a construction project and the trees were being cut to make room for… Continue reading On Dealing with Change in Bengaluru

Response to “Passing off Politics as Economics”

Analytical pieces which broadly examine economic policies have reduced in the recent past. I find it a bit of a tragedy, since I found such pieces stimulating and informative. However, the upcoming national elections in 2019 seem to have triggered a new round of such pieces and hopefully, we may get more in the coming… Continue reading Response to “Passing off Politics as Economics”

ಚುನಾವಣೆಯ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದೆರಡು ಮಾತು | On the Outcomes of Elections

ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಭಾಗೆ (Scroll down for the English section) [ನಿಮಗೆ ಈ ಪೋಸ್ಟನ್ನು ಓದುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಷ್ಟವಾದರೆ, "ಸೌಂಡ್ ಕ್ಲೌಡ್" ಮೇಲೆ ನಾನು ಇದನ್ನು ಓಡುತ್ತಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಕೇಳಬಹುದು] ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ, ಹಿಂದಿನ ೧೫-೨೦ ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, ಬಹಳ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳು ಬಂದಿವೆ, ಬೆಳದಿವೆ, ಬಿದ್ದಿವೆ. ಕಛೇರಿ-ಇಚ್ಛೆಯಿಂದ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳು ಗುಂಪು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಬೇರೆ ಗುಂಪುಗಳನ್ನೂ ಸೋಲಿಸಿವೆ, ಬೇರೆ ಗುಂಪುಗಳಿಂದ ಸೋತಿವೆ. ಇವೆಲ್ಲಕ್ಕೆ ನಾನು ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ, ನನಗಂತೂ ಇಂತಹ ಗೊಂದಲಮಯವಾದ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯು ನೆನಪಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಗಚಿ-ಪಿಚಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸಾಧಾರಣ ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳ ಹಿಡಿತದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲ. ನಾನು… Continue reading ಚುನಾವಣೆಯ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದೆರಡು ಮಾತು | On the Outcomes of Elections

೨೦೧೮ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ ನೀಡುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ | On Voting in the Karnataka Elections 2018

ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಗ (Scroll down for the English version) ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಆರು ಮಾತು: ೧. ಯಾರಿಗೆ ವೋಟು ಕೊಡಬೇಕು ಅಂತ ನಾನು ನಿಮಗೆ ಹೇಳುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ನಿಮ್ಮ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ನೀವು ಆಗಲೇ ಮಾಡಿರಬೇಕು. ಅದನ್ನು ಬದಲಾಯಿಸುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ನಾನು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ೨. ಆದರು, ಒಂದು ಮಾತು. ಕಛೇರಿಗೆ ಯಾರಾದರು ಬರಲಿ, ಹೋರಾಟಗಳು ನಿಲ್ಲುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಮೂರು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾರು ಸಂತರಲ್ಲಾ, ಯಾರು ವಿವಾದ-ಮುಕ್ತಿಯರಲ್ಲ. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳು ಕಛೇರಿಗೆ ಬಂದಾಗ, ಹೋರಾಟಕ್ಕೆ ಯಾವುದೋ ಒಂದು ಕಾರಣ ಕೊಟ್ಟೇ-ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.… Continue reading ೨೦೧೮ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ ನೀಡುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ | On Voting in the Karnataka Elections 2018