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31 January 2011, Singapore: "China and India: Will economic development and political democracy converge?"
Published on : Thursday, January 20, 2011
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy warmly invites you to this special event titled "China and India: Will economic development and political democracy converge?" The Speaker is Barun S. Mitra, Founder and Director of the Liberty Institute.
On superpowers
Published on : Saturday, January 15, 2011
The Beijing consensus must not be allowed to replace the Washington consensus - a truth which both the US and India seem to have grasped at last. Superpowers are what were called great powers during the period when the balance of power characterised the international states system. The US is and is likely to remain the sole superpower for the foreseeable future. It seems that the US remains way ahead of all possible competitors at the moment, and despite prognostications of its economic decline , it would be foolish to write off the US, writes Deepak Lal in Business Standard.
Save the tiger from those who love it
Published on : Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The summit in St Petersburg focusing on the plight of the tiger was the first international summit of its kind, though similar in content to the new Global Tiger Initiative launched by the World Bank in 2010 itself. Few of the tigers who roamed in the wild in the past remain that way at present, and many of the rest are in captivity. The greatest threat is the loss of habitat and man animal conflict. The tiger is a much valuable animal for human beings for parts like bones and skin. Environmental activists are busy blaming human beings for the problems of conservation without proposing practical solutions, writes Barun Mitra in The Financial Express.
Hong Kong Veers Toward a Tax Trap
Published on : Thursday, December 2, 2010
Hong Kong's new tax policy is significant not as of the specifics, but because of the change in the approach of the state in regulating its market economy. The tax plan to impose an extra stamp duty for "short-term" transactions is simple and straight forward, but the extent to which quick sales are driving Hong Kong's property market is in dispute. The fact that the Government has put forward this proposal shows that the government wants to use tax law to influence market behavior, writes Joseph Sternberg in The Wall Street Journal.
Who Hears The Tiger’s Roar?
Published on : Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The World Wide Fund For Nature wants to double the tiger population by 2022. It will have to move out of the business if this noble goal is to happen. The international ban on commercial trade in tiger products in 1987 and the internal ban introduced by China in 1993 were driven by the World Wide Fund For Nature. The international heavyweight lobbying of WWF is the biggest pressure harming tigers. Ironically, the plame is places upon everyone else by WWF. The Government plans to conserve tigers are just excuses to wreck the economy and widen the powers of the Government, writes Gavino in Ask Gavino.
India should not expect too much from Obama's visit
Published on : Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Indians shouldn't expect much from the visit of the American President Barack Obama. Indians tend to prefer Democrats to Republicans, but Republican Presidents have done more good to Indians than Democrats. Clinton charmed many during his visit to India, but he didn't do much for the country. Bush, on the contrary saw the potential of India and China, writes Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar in The Economic Times.
CWG is govt failure, private sector success
Published on : Sunday, October 10, 2010
Though many critics complain that the Commonwealth Games are a big failure, globally it is seen as a major success story. It is a story of a mix of market success and Government failure.It gives an accurate representation of India. GMR along with two partners won an international bid for a new airport at Istanbul, Turkey, which represents global competitiveness. China's success was largely driven by the Government, though in India, the private sector played a huge role, writes Swaminathan Anklesaria Aiyar in The Economic Times.
Democracy is still worth the fight
Published on : Wednesday, September 22, 2010
One mystery of the first decade of the 21st century is the decline of democracy. While the democratic West fought, a non democratic China grew. It emerged onto the world stage prizing stability, avoiding military adventure and delivering 10 per cent annual growth.what if people no longer thought their vote would change anything because politics was for sale? Perhaps liberal democracy, along with its Western cradle, had passed its zenith. Democracy is still worth the fight, writes Roger Cohen in The Indian Express.
Don’t blame democracy for bad governance
Published on : Sunday, September 19, 2010
There are those who blame democracy for the present state of affairs and they are wrong. If there is one thing that makes us better than China it is democracy. It is not the fault of democracy that we have bad governance, but the fault of our political leaders. The country from which our Lefties, Liberals and Maoists get inspiration, has moved with spectacular success towards a market economy, writes Tavleen Singh in The Indian Express.
India Slips in WEF's Global Competitive Rankings
Published on : Thursday, September 9, 2010
India is the 51st in the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness rankings. China was 29th, and Switzerland came on top of all. The reason of India's poor performance is its non-comeptitiveness in education, health and infrastructure, though it performed well in the financial sector. India faces the problems of budget deficits, high public debt and high inflation, reports Business Standard.

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