Reforming the reformers

Posted in economics, institutions by jrahman on November 24, 2012

In the past, I discussed possible econocrat teams under both Awami League and the BNP.  I’ve recently had the chance to work with someone mentioned in one of these pieces.  In the process, I learnt a lot about the political economy reality (as opposed to bookish theory) of Bangladesh.  I’ll reflect on that, and I’m sure my analysis and writing will be affected accordingly.

This post, however, is going to be some pie-in-the-sky thinking about economic policy institutions of Bangladesh.  Suppose I were to design the roles and functions of a key economic policymaker — what would I do?


A brief (alternate) history of India — Nehru’s golden years

Posted in fantasy, what ifs by jrahman on April 4, 2012

Previously: Even though the Noble Mansion agenda stalled in Nehru’s first term, he still managed to win re-election

The 1950s is, of course, considered as somewhat of a ‘golden era’ these days.  Some of it just nostalgia of the older generations.  It is also partly a result of decades of pop culture glorification of Lallywood’s golden days.  But there is also something to the idea that the mid-to-late 1950s were times of general peace and prosperity. 

And the mid-1950s was the heyday of Jawaharlal Nehru’s long political career.  (more…)


Posted in 1971, classics, comedy, development, gender, institutions, society, West Asia by jrahman on March 9, 2012

Seven trashes collected by the senses.