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Some Questions about the Indian Art Market discusses some issues pertaining to India's booming art market today and reflects on its reliability to the investor in art.
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A sharply critical response to the review of Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss in the first issue of Phalanx and also a reply to this criticism from the reviewer.
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Reclaiming the Present for Colonialism
Since the lecture finds itself exhibited on the Reserve Bank of India's web page, this piece reflects on Meghnad Desai's First P. R. Brahmananda Memorial Lecture delivered on September 20, 2004 at Mumbai, in which the economist attempts to draw similarities between the economic growth of India during the last 40 years of the 19th century and the neo-liberal era following 1991.
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Development and Accounting Malpractice
This is a reaction to a key argument offered those (especially industrialists) favoring large scale development of 'backward states' who appear to be riding on an accounting malpractice.

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The Age of Shiva: A Novel by Manil Suri
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Coffee as a Global Commodity
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Coffee is a key Indian export and the real price of the coffee bean is apparently at half its level in 1900. This essay examines how, excepting for oil, the real prices of primary products (coffee, rubber, sugar etc) are declining while the prices of manufactured goods have been going up in the last century and what this imbalance means in trade relationships globally.
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A Study of the Finances of Karnataka after 2000
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Although it is not enough to know where public money has been spent and one must also know how, budget analysis is still a useful tool to study the economic priorities of the government. If Karnataka is a good example of how fiscal performance has been improved through 'political will', a study of its budgets also provides an illustration of how this may have achieved at the expense of fulfilling its developmental obligations.
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The Choices Involved in the Nuclear Deal
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Most people deem it true that going nuclear is the only way out of energy shortages. This paper argues that this is not a possibility largely because India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has not demonstrated its capability to provide nuclear energy at a viable cost.
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Pluto: A Human Comedy
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It would appear self-evident that human beings cannot decide upon the fate of celestial bodies. Still, in 2006, scientists voted on whether Pluto was a planet. This essay tells us how this could happen.
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In Search of A Family Doctor
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Among other things, this essay takes a close look at medical practice today, touching upon developments like specialists, super-specialists and corporate hospitals about which patients have mixed feelings.
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The World as Narrative: Jacques Rivette at Eighty
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Although virtually unsung, Jacques Rivette is arguably the greatest filmmaker in the world today. This is an appreciation of his work on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, and it analyses his methods and concerns though four of his films, made over a period of four decades.
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Things Fall Apart: The Cinematic Rendition of the Agrarian Landscape in Kerala
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The author examines the agrarian landscape in Kerala since the fifties and how political/ social issues find representation in literature and cinema, largely in the work of MT Vasudevan Nair, writer and filmmaker and one of Kerala's most important cultural figures today.
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uses and ab uses: Baudrillard, simulacra and America
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A year after Jean Baudrillard's death, many of his formulations appear as controversial as ever. On the one hand are those who have tried to make social theories out of his writing and on the other is Alan Sokal who includes Baudrillard's work among his 'Intellectual Impostures'. This essay reflects on one of Baudrillard's key essays The Precession of Simulacra and its conjectures about postmodern America. Baudrillard famously said "Disneyland exists in order to hide that it is the 'real' country and all of 'real' America that is Disneyland."
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A Novelist on 'Writing the Self'
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The first issue of Phalanx included a discussion between two Indian poets in English. We continue the policy of allowing creative writers to express themselves discursively in this reflection on autobiographies and autobiographical fiction by a well-known Hindi novelist.
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