Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

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Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an educator and commentator

Running on fumes

The sharp and sudden collapse of international prices of crude oil brings significant short-term gains for the Indian economy.

The tensions beneath the growth story

Two unconnected developments marked 2014 as a unique year in the contemporary history of India’s political economy.

A united Opposition is a distant dream

Given the pathetic state of the Opposition in the country, it is not surprisingly that one discerns the beginning of a trend of political forces opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party coming together.

Didi vs Dada

It’s an all-out war now between Didi and Dada. The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, had the temerity to question: Who is Amit Shah?

Made for Big Pharma

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be patting himself on the back because President Barack Obama has agreed to India’s position on food stockholding norms in World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The axis of symmetry

The room is rather spacious, much bigger than the size of an entire flat occupied by a typical upper middle-class Indian family.

Trading honesty for benefits

Lalu Prasad Yadav is in jail. As is Rasheed Masood. Both have been disqualified as legislators. But are elected representatives now likely to be less brazen while participating in acts of corruption, even if the long arm of the law remains rather lengthy and the wheels of justice continue to grind excruciatingly slowly?

Drowning in graft

The paradox is rather apparent. In the contemporary history of India, never have so many once-influential politicians had to spend time behind bars as they have in recent times. Yet the second UPA government, headed by a Prime Minister who was known as Mr Clean, is also being perceived as one of the country’s most corrupt regimes, packed by people with flexible ethics.

Never mind if it was divine intervention or crafty cunning.

On the first day of American President Barack Obama’s visit to India, the two most commonly used words were chemistry and optics.