All stories by Mihir S Sharma
Humble leaders, pleaseRediff.com21 May 2020
This is one of those crises where it does not only matter that you do something, but how you do it, suggests Mihir S Sharma.
The pandemic's other dangersRediff.com26 Apr 2020
'Every strongman leader is faced with the same opportunity: Harness the increased societal panic to amass more power,' warns Mihir S Sharma.
What the lockdown could have avoidedRediff.com24 Apr 2020
'As 1.3 billion people wait for our prime minister to tell us what to do and then vanish again from our television screens, it is worth noting that this is not how the rest of the world is being led,' points out Mihir S Sharma.
Have you started reading again?Rediff.com18 Apr 2020
It's possible you want to escape the reality of what's happening to the world - countrywide shutdowns, worry and concern, divided politicians
Fiscal stimulus is not the need of the hourRediff.com27 Mar 2020
What might be useful is targeted assistance to those sectors and individuals that are disproportionately affected, suggests Mihir S Sharma.
The use of violence for political gainsRediff.com17 Mar 2020
'There appears to be no end to the errors that our leaders are willing to commit and no risk they are unwilling to run,' notes Mihir S Sharma.
Should India allow foreign money to finance deficit?Rediff.com26 Feb 2020
'If such inflows materialise, what will be the effect on the rupee's value -- and therefore on exports growth, the only sustainable path to recovery?', asks Mihir S Sharma.
The Republic will always remains aliveRediff.com13 Feb 2020
As long as even one Indian holds aloft Ambedkar's portrait and recites the Preamble, the Republic remains alive, says Mihir S Sharma.
What Modi got wrong about the economyRediff.com18 Dec 2019
'There has been far too much overconfidence about the size and composition of the Indian consumer economy,' notes Mihir S Sharma.
How to revive the real estate sectorRediff.com22 Nov 2019
'The government has to stop trying to fix things for lenders, projects, homeowners and developers and think instead about how to fix the market for houses,' says Mihir S Sharma.
Surely, the PM didn't cancel Taseer's OCI!Rediff.com19 Nov 2019
'That would be ridiculous and uncharacteristic of the PM.' 'It is also not how things happen in illiberal States.' 'In such places, lower-level functionaries of every rank and hue seek to ingratiate themselves with the highest authority by going pell-mell after dissenters and outsiders,' points out Mihir S Sharma.
The Gandhis cannot rule any moreRediff.com4 Nov 2019
The Congress will only survive if it can transform into something more like the BJP used to be: A coalition of strong state leaders held together by shared ideology or personal loyalty, suggests Mihir S Sharma.
How Banerjee-Duflo's economic theory is relevant for IndiaRediff.com15 Oct 2019
For Duflo and Banerjee, an important part of their work has been ensuring that the agency of the "beneficiaries" -- usually, in developing countries like India, poorer individuals -- is put at the centre of any policy design. This is a crucial way in which experimental results are often better than large scale data-based inference, says Mihir S Sharma.
How many seats will BJP win? 272+ or below 170?Rediff.com20 May 2019
Mihir S Sharma gives us a rundown of what could happen, depending on the number.
What has changed for Modi in 2019?Rediff.com27 Apr 2019
'The oddest thing about this general election campaign so far is that one might think that the BJP was fighting with its back to the wall, rather than as the favourite to win.' 'Perhaps there is something they know that we don't,' says Mihir S Sharma.
How CM Modi showed us what PM Modi would be likeRediff.com28 Mar 2019
The expectation that Mr Modi would be a major reformer, capable of reinvigorating the Indian economy, were based on a complete misreading of both his actions and his performance as Gujarat chief minister, says Mihir S Sharma.
Kashmir's troubled futureRediff.com1 Mar 2019
'Fighting terrorists is one thing. Fighting insurgents is worse. Fighting a population is worst of all,' says Mihir S Sharma.
Why more Indians must speak up onlineRediff.com7 Dec 2018
'Anyone on Indian Twitter, Facebook, or any of the other forms of social media that matter (except elite forums like Instagram) understands instantly that it is dominated by upper-caste North Indian men.' 'Other voices are silenced and attacked,' says Mihir S Sharma.
Why I am disappointed with CBI's interim bossRediff.com5 Nov 2018
'I would have expected that, once firmly ensconced in the director's chair by 2:15 am, the not-director of the CBI would have called for pen and paper and hand-written a few clean chits.' 'Clean chits over Rafale; clean chits to the PM's secretary in the coal bribery case; a clean chit to Hasmukh Adhia on whatever claim Subramanian Swamy has cooked up about him...' says Mihir Sharma.
Any one of us can be arrested at any timeRediff.com20 Oct 2018
'India may well be a religious country, but that is precisely why we need to avoid criminalising blasphemy,' argues Mihir S Sharma.