Stanford goes to India

October 31, 2006

The Stanford Business School and Engineering School have a program in January 2007. Here are the details. stanford1.pdf

The Hindu Work Ethic

October 20, 2006

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Here is a picture of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, part of the Hindu diaspora’s flowering.

I wrote the following in 1994 for Hinduism Today.

The Hindu Work Ethic: or, The New “Hindu Rate of Growth”
by Rajeev Srinivasan

India has suddenly become a fashionable destination for investment; many large
companies view India as a must-have market. Is this a flash in the pan, given her
enormous problems of underdevelopment? I think not: because there is a fundamental
Hindu work ethic.  In fact, the 21st century, rather than being the Pacific century, will
really be the Asian century, and India will be a major player in this.
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An excellent short article by KPS Gill, thanks to a pointer from Ghostwriter.

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October 16, 2006

There is an epidemic in Kerala (especially the backwater region of Kuttanad around Kochi and Alappuzha) of a viral fever. At least 40,000 people have been affected, and at least 200 have died of it.

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The end of the NPT

October 11, 2006

The North Korean nuclear test: the end of the NPT

Rajeev Srinivasan on that hoax called non-proliferation

The North Korean test of a nuclear device – and I use that phrase advisedly, given that it is rather clear it is a test of a Chinese device proliferated to the Hermit Kingdom – has demonstrated at least two things. First, that despite all their bluster and gnashing of teeth, the Americans are essentially powerless to make their writ run in many places. Second, that the Chinese are prepared to gamble that there will no fallout from their mischief.

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Musharraf’s star turn

October 9, 2006

I have been a tad slow in posting things here. In fact I had also not realized there were a couple of comments waiting to be moderated.

But here’s something I wrote on Musharraf. A condensed version of this will be published elsewhere in print.


Terrorism as theater

I was impressed by the bravura performance: General Musharraf can give anybody in Hollywood a run for their money come Oscar time. The gushing interviews, the uniform and the salutes, the strutting and preening: this was classic caudillo-as-thespian. Musharraf has become America’s favorite dictator-du-jour, a position, it is useful to remember, once held by Manuel Noriega of Panama and Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Sic transit gloria mundi!

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