The real American dream was access to education. No longer

by Rashmee

Posted on September 26, 2020


Pandemic or not, it’s hardly likely that Donald Trump will change his publicly stated view on America’s great burdens. But instead of ranting at the world’s unfairness to the “greatest” nation on earth, Donald Trump should get one of his sidekicks to read up on the late Gary Becker’s work on the link between education … Continue reading “The real American dream was access to education. No longer”

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So Gazprom didn’t buy Britain’s biggest gas supplier in 2006. Good economic patriotism?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2018


In the context of soaring tensions between Britain and Russia, we might well look back on 2006 and shudder as we study a map of Ukraine. That’s what we might be, but for the grace of events. In 2006, Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy giant, had cut off gas supplies to Ukraine (some said to punish … Continue reading “So Gazprom didn’t buy Britain’s biggest gas supplier in 2006. Good economic patriotism?”

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Grievance economics versus globalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2017 / The National


  Back in the 10th century, the Baghdad-born traveller Al Masudi wrote about China, its rule of law and careful attempts to ensure justice to its citizens and to foreign visitors. He provided anecdotal evidence of the just treatment meted out to Arab traders. The account by Al Masudi, sometimes described as the Arab Herodotus, … Continue reading “Grievance economics versus globalisation”

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Doors begin to close on India’s tech diaspora

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2017 / The National


After nearly two decades of being welcomed as the geeks who could inherit the Earth — along with all its computer glitches, which they would proceed to fix — Indian techies are finding that the rich world has changed its mind. Me-first work and visa policies by a clutch of countries are being interpreted by Indian information technology workers … Continue reading “Doors begin to close on India’s tech diaspora”

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Will mattresses, iphones, Tupperware, fast fashion become too dear to buy in Trump’s America?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2017


Don’t get me wrong. I don’t regard it as the greatest hardship in the world to have to make do and make do with less. For the greater common good. I grew up in an India that insisted on protectionism in order to grow its tiny indigenous industry after centuries of colonialism. But I’m curious … Continue reading “Will mattresses, iphones, Tupperware, fast fashion become too dear to buy in Trump’s America?”

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Could General Electric’s decision on Glocalization serve as Globalization 2.0?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 5, 2016


Economics pundit Robert J. Samuelson recently deplored a speech by the head of General Electric that promised the American multi-nation was determined to “localize production”. Jeffrey Immelt of GE noted that “globalization was being attacked as never before”, in the US and elsewhere, American presidential candidates were taking a protectionist stance, and that it was … Continue reading “Could General Electric’s decision on Glocalization serve as Globalization 2.0?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK