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‘China can’t win a trade war; it will be massacred’

(This interview with economist and fund manager Richard Duncan, on the prospects of a trade war, and its implications, was published in DNA edition dated November 29, 2010.) Venky Vembu In his first book, The Dollar Crisis, published in 2005, … Continue reading

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The Power Club

Venky Vembu (This article, which addresses five fundamental questions arising from US President Barack Obama’s announcement of US support for India’s candidacy for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, was published in DNA edition dated November 14, 2010 as … Continue reading

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What the GDP hype about China and India hides

(This column was published in DNA edition dated August 18, 2010.) Venky Vembu For the faithful flock of GDP worshippers, China and India provide ever more evangelical reason to praise the lord of macroeconomy. Just yesterday came statistical validation that … Continue reading

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Is India a tiger or a pussycat?

(This article, on why home-grown fantasies of India’s imminent superpower-dom don’t square with the reality of India’s influence on the world stage, was published  in DNA edition dated June 20, 2010.) Venky Vembu It isn’t often that 16th century French soothsayer … Continue reading

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‘Superpoor’ India

(This column was published in DNA edition dated November 6, 2009.) Venky Vembu Recently, a US-based research agency that claims it is committed to promoting “political, economic and individual liberty in the developing and transitioning world” came out with with … Continue reading

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The kung-fu clown

(This column, on kung-fu action hero Jackie Chan’s thoughts on democracy and limits to ‘freedom’, was published in DNA edition dated April 24, 2009.) Venky Vembu A couple of years ago, when action star Jackie Chan was walking the red … Continue reading

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Who wants to be a slumdog?

(This column, which argues that over-the-top rejoicing of the Oscar success of the film Slumdog Millionaire might desensitise us to poverty, was published in DNA edition dated February 23, 2009.) Venky Vembu There was a supreme moment of television irony on … Continue reading

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