Slipping into Hindi

For sometime now, I find myself unconsciously slipping into using more and more Hindi at work.  Economists, corporate India and even interactions within the development policy domain are mostly, if not solely, in English, so why would I be using Hindi?  It is not that I am more comfortable in Hindi.  Being one of the…

Dump the patent protection regime

Patents = Intellectual Public Resources and not Intellectual Property Rights Let me concentrate on the patents here (though similar considerations apply to trademarks and copyrights as well).  They say it is Intellectual Property Right over an idea that a human being figures out.  And they also say that people with ethics respect others intellectual property.…

Defining Smart Cities: What and What not

What is a smart city? Does anyone apart from Modi have a clue?  Technology is one component but is there anything else to a smart city?  Deciphering the smart city concept from a desi perspective. Reigning Confusion The idea of creating many smart cities has caught the imagination of a resurgent young urban India unlike…

Killing the kela-wala

The Delhi government has decided to provide cheap and wholesome food that would make it possible for the labourers, rickshah-walas, street-hawkers access to cheap wholesome food. Could not there be a better way? For when the government provides things to the poor, it impacts the livelihoods of the other poor. Look around you, bhaiyon and…

Transforming Indian Cities: Isher just doesn’t get it

I first briefly review the book, and then I plead to all the mighty – please try to know what a city is and how it works before you go around building infrastructure.  Hope the Modi team get it before they spend large amounts ‘building’ Indian cities.  (Friends Ravi and Sudeshna gave me this book , thanks guys.) Isher Judge…