Economic Offences: A Compendium in Prose and Verse

Hardcover | July 23, 2013

byS. Subramanian

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In the last decade or so, and at a dizzyingly increasing rate, India has come to be recognized as 'a force to reckon with'. If it was 'India Shining' earlier, the present shibboleth is 'India Rising', or some other variant of it. This book is a satirical social commentary on contemporaryIndia, aimed at correcting the view that the country has progressed to a point where it ought to be viewed either with exaggerated admiration or as a threat. The notion that it is a matter of legitimate urgency for India to be recognized, in quick order, as a super-power, as a permanent member ofthe United Nations' Security Council, and as 'number one' in the international cricket ratings, needs to be dispelled with. The book employs the literature of one's childhood and evocative line drawings to critically look at an unflattering list of the nation's real or imagined concerns: caste, pseudosecularism, minorityism, poverty, tradition, modernity, postcoloniality, liberalization, corruption, competition,nationalism, and NRI-ism.

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In the last decade or so, and at a dizzyingly increasing rate, India has come to be recognized as 'a force to reckon with'. If it was 'India Shining' earlier, the present shibboleth is 'India Rising', or some other variant of it. This book is a satirical social commentary on contemporaryIndia, aimed at correcting the view that the coun...

S. Subramanian is Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:July 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsApologia, viz. Sorry!Section I: Prose Follies -Understanding Economics: A Child's Guide to Some Major ThemesFamily Life: Globalization: A Story from the Indian DiasporaThe Economics of Crime: Naughty AtaThe Competitive Economy: Fata's fateThe Way of the Little Scholar: Human Capital: Tata's TestField Studies and Inter-Disciplinarity: Whimsy in the Woods (or) Arcadia in the AcademyThe Rhetoric of Economics, and Other Rhetorics: Hari Podder and the Qitchddi ContestPedagogy in Economics: 1936 And All ThatOld Favourites: Games and Economic Behaviour: Brer Rabbit and the Cricket MatchHuman Development: Alice and the Seven Per Cent SolutionLearning to Swim (or) the Moral Currents of Current Morals: Moral and Political Economy: Hitopadesa for the New MillenniumLaw and Society: EndgamePoverty: Tiger's Tale (or) The Poor Men of HindostanHeroes of Our Times: Law and Economics: Contempt of CourtInflation: The Price of FoodInternational Relations: High LoonSection II: Verse FolliesThe Lyrical Sides to Economy and Society: An Ode on PovertyClerihews in Merry Hues: An A-to-Z of the Lives and Times of Economists in Jolly RhymesConcavity: The Pivotal Point (or) The Mathematical Economist's AnthemAlcoholic DisclaimerNewspaper Verses 1: Brahmin KosherNewspaper Verses 2: A Snake in the HouseFinis - An Ending in Sweet Verse