Professor Sen admonishing demonitisation; calls it a despotic act. https://t.co/woEpqWbVFA
— Vidhi Lalchand (@VRLalchand) July 22, 2018
I don’t know who the other chap but he’s being rather rude to Professor Sen who is not only a Nobel Laureate but was the Master of Trinity College (which is no mean feat for a coloured person as Trinity is the Queen of Oxbridge and it’s richest college by far – also the whitest, poshest and most entrenched).
My thoughts on demonetisation is that it was a tax on the upper middle classes but one that the ultra-rich (the Ambani class) could easily avoid.
The magic of PR is that Aam Admi hates both the upper class and the Muslim minority but admired the oligarchic class, who really control India’s tentacles. That 0.1% elite is immunised to all governments and changes to tri-colour to Saffron depending on who is in power.
To be fair I don’t think the Ambani-KJo-Modi axis is all that bad but it is what it is. The KJo Muslim-loving liberal class will act as a counter on the Modi centralising tendencies and the Ambani class will hopefully ape Silicon Valley philanthropists and start to give back to the country in a more substantial measure (I’m not a fan of Antillia but I can understand why Mukesh did it).
As an aside I mentioned to Vidhi this morning my rather controversial thought that caste was a Hindu problem. At that moment Lakshmi turned into Durga and while Vidhi is a classic Nehruvian capitalist; she has a deep distrust of Pakistan and Islam and she remember her pati is part-Pakistani (if this were a Bollywood film I’d be ISI and she’d be RAW – that would be a great flick).
She made some really good points and so did I (I like to think).
My contention was that we had seen three movies; Padmavati (sati), Toilet (open defecation), Dhadak (intercaste) and the problem is that all three have some justification in Hindu scripture.
So while caste is a South Asian phenomenon; the only community that provides religious justification to it is the Hindu community. If I say with a Mullah for 1hour I would be able to convince that Islam has no theological basis for caste..
Vidhi’s retort, which I thought was much more convincing than mine, was that even if Hinduism had these retrograde elements the Indian constitution time and time again defies the Hindu religion for classical liberalism.
Pakistan wouldn’t ever dare pass a law that countermanded even the lightest Islamic law and that’s what makes Pakistan such a barbaric country. She even reminded me that Bahai faith has its regressive elements that I constantly justify so Zach 0 – Vidhi 1.