On the two year anniversary of #Demonetization, there is nothing new to say, except that it continues to be the disaster on a mammoth scale we all predicted, with long-term effects and a major slowdown of economic growth. #DemonetisationDisaster 1/n
My first column from Nov 2016 on the faulty assumptions made by the government, fundamentally equating cash with black money - a terrible mistake in a country like India that runs on cash and has a huge informal sector mostly affecting the poor. 2/n realclearmarkets.com/articles/2016/…
My second piece from Nov 2016, co-written with @lawrencehwhite1 on some of the seigniorage effects of demonetization and the one-time wealth transfer to the government, and also the lesser known and discussed Cantillon effects from the non-uniform injection of the new notes. 3/n
My third piece from Jan 2017, co-written with @lawrencehwhite1 critiquing the defense of demonetization as a revenue windfall (by economists Bhagwati, Dehejia, and Krishna). We argue that one must count BOTH costs and benefits of demonetization. 4/n livemint.com/Opinion/0RUMX1…
My fourth piece on from Sept 2018 on the RBI data showing that almost all (99.3%) of the old notes was returned. Indians, quite adaptive to a very harsh and unpredictable state, used their jugaad to circumvent the intended effect of demonetization. 5/n livemint.com/Opinion/lV1Bpu…
My discussion on demonetization on the Seen and the Unseen podcast hosted by @amitvarma where we discussed the economic disaster as well as the gross immorality of the demonetization policy. Must listen to Amit's monologue in the beginning. 6/n thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-se…
Even though the government kept changing the goalposts, not a single one of these goals have been met. If there was ever a case of a policy measure that was a complete and utter failure, imposing enormous costs with no benefits, this tops the list. #DemonetisationDisaster 7/n
On the 2nd anniversary of demonetization, there is little new left to say. An unconscionable and unconstitutional act, and the greatest single act of theft committed upon the Indian people. As always the poor were burdened the most, and the political class escaped unscathed. n/n

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Jul 22
I've been thinking about a subgenre of Hindi film music from '50-70 that's disappeared. The cabaret/club/dance song where the female singer raised philosophical questions.A departure from the usual cabaret/club/dance songs meant to titilate/objectify/sexualize/pine. 10-Song 🧵 👇
1. Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui
Taqdeer Banale Taqdeer Banale
Apne Pe Bharosa Hai
Toh Yeh Daav Lagale

From Baazi (1951): composition by SD Burman with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi.

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2. Ai Meri Zindagi,
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Shiela Ramani on screen to Lata Mangeshkar's voice.

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My paper (forthcoming in Social Philosophy & Policy). shrutiraj.com/wp-content/upl…

Here's why 👇
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On the 30th anniversary of the budget speech that liberalized India from socialism, I am thrilled to announce The 1991 Project @mercatus.

A year long project to revive the discourse on growth-centered economic ideas to unleash the next stage of reforms.

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My lead essay describing life under socialism in India, the 1991 reforms, why they matter, and the way forward in the quest for economic freedom and growth in India.

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To learn more about what happened in 1991, read our interactive timeline of events explaining how India went from crisis to consensus.

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Dear American Media, I understand that poverty porn and pandemic porn are very exciting and good for ratings. But there are a lot of issues to cover in re the horror in India, especially topics that can save lives. 1/n
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This is a @BDUTT appreciation tweet. Throughout the pandemic @BDUTT has been our most reliable set of eyes on the ground. Even now, when her father is in the hospital, she is telling everybody’s stories. 1/4
When we spoke earlier this week on her show, she was recording from the footpath. Literally outside a crematorium where she had just reported a story. She still managed to read our research papers and have all the details on her fingertips. And ask all the relevant questions. 2/4
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