As the Covid pandemic wanes, one would expect most economies to recover faster. However, something called base effect prevents us from seeing better rates of growth. And so it is, with our economy in India. After the massive contraction in FY21, the first year of the pandemic, the economy staged an impressive recovery in the… Continue reading Can the Indian Economy Weather the Storms?
The occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day is a major milestone and I am sure it will prompt many articles, stories, films, songs, poems, speeches, etc on the subject. And so, it should, for it is no minor accomplishment. Guess what? As I typed the page heading “150th blog post for Peripatetic Perch” to start… Continue reading India at 75: Sisyphus in the Himalayas
The world’s biggest democracy has just elected its new government in a marathon 7-phase election. And what a mockery of democracy it has proven to be. Yet, without a sense of irony, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, says in his victory speech that “it is democracy that has won.” If democracy is merely casting your… Continue reading Saffron Sweep Reveals the Age of Unreason
Right now, looking out of the window of our first floor flat, I see what I am told is a fig tree. It has shed all its leaves and is busy sprouting tiny, new, green ones. Strange for this time of the year in Goa, where we have just bid goodbye to the South West… Continue reading Green shoots, really?