Chandrahas ChoudhuryFormer Bloomberg View Contributor
Chandrahas Choudhury, a novelist, is based in New Delhi. His novel "Arzee the Dwarf" is published by New York Review Books. Follow him on Twitter at @Hashestweets.
Indian democracy has many problems, but the widely held idea that the country has “too much democracy,” and needs a little splash of authoritarianism to knock it into shape, is a mistake.
In India, a country that is still nominally socialist, the budget is always read as a coded message about how supportive the government of the day intends to be when it comes to markets.
Indian science has been subjected to a brazen attempt to assert that all scientific truths of the present day had been fully worked out long ago by the ancient sages.
The latest World Development Report is an ambitious, intellectually sophisticated work that tries to show, with hundreds of real-life examples from countries as far-flung as India, Israel, Colombia and Kenya, what development economics could learn from the behavioral sciences.