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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

Manas Chakravarty

Let the dear man provide us bread and circuses

Practically everybody has been airing his views on our new prime minister’s first 100 days in office. I, on the contrary, think it churlish to expect the prime minister to do things in a mere 100 days. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Heavenly idlis cannot sustain a love jihadi

It's really tough being a love jihadi. If you're considering it as a career option, I would strongly advise you against it, writes Manas Chakravarty.

When 'ness' is more in the battle of the suffixes

Folks have been spending sleepless nights wondering what exactly Hindutva was and it’s now been clarified, by guys who know about these things, that it’s Hindu-ness.

Facing each challenge with an open mouth

After the academic discussion about Bengal’s decline last week, readers have been clamouring to know what other terrible secrets lie within the pages of the National Sample Survey’s report on ‘Household Consumption of Various Goods and Services in India, 2011-12’.

If bengalis can’t have fish, let them eat potatoes

What is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Bengalis? That we are a race of proud and prodigious fish-eaters. Alas, no longer, writes Manas Chakravarty.

A model paper in elementary jingoism

 I would like to cash in on this trend and outline here a model question paper in elementary jingoism writes Manas Chakravarty.

A plot to deny us our chicken tikka masala

Loony leftists have dominated the study of Indian history, blighting the lives of an entire generation.

Landless farmers can farm landless farms

Total sanitation is not just a toilet in every home, but also soap and toilet paper. In a masterstroke, the move dovetails into the increase in the free baggage allowance, allowing travellers to get even more soaps into the country, writes Manas Chakravarty.

Cheques and balances by star economists

Why should footballers and politicians and film stars hog the news on TV? With budget week ahead, this is the right time for economists to become celebrities and get into the limelight. Manas Chakravarty imagines what a typical broadcast should be like.

And now, let’s see how the star striker scores

We’ve barely started, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Pricing reform, labour law reform, the works, just wait and see what star striker Arun Jaitely does on Budget Day. Victory will be ours, writes Manas Chakravarty.

Bhutan: Dodgy geography, but great alliteration

The speech was a big hit. The Bhutanese only clap to ward off evil spirits, so they didn’t clap, but showed their appreciation in the traditional way.

Change the goalposts for the beautiful game in India

What do economists have to say about India’s lowly 154th FIFA ranking? They point to irrational expectations, low velocity of circulation of the ball, zero-sum games, indifference curves and general disequilibrium. I personally think the Indian game needs structural adjustment, writes Manas Chakravarty.

Administering a (Comrade) Karat chop to the Left

You may be under the impression that Prakash Karat is responsible for the utter and abject defeat of the Left in the elections and he should resign. You could not be more wrong, writes Manas Chakravarty.

HT Edit: Six things PM Narendra Modi must do immediately

Everybody has been pontificating about what Narendra Modi needs to do now that he’s Prime Minister. Mr Modi is a world leader now and he needs to study what great world leaders do.

Helpful tips from the election agony uncle

Here are the answers to important questions I have been asked about the elections. Writes Manas Chakravarty.
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