“Back in the Eighties when I was in college in Kolkata (then called Calcutta), life was simpler — you were either a “capitalist pig”, a “comrade”, or just plain “bourgeois”. Today, a wider repertoire of labels to pigeonhole people is on offer; some of the most popular ones in circulation include neoliberal, jholawallah, NGO-type, Left-libber and sanctimonious activist. In these time-strapped days, the labels are supposed to do the work. Arguments need not be made. As the war between the labels hots up, there is a new game in town — either you rant against “crony capitalism” or against “crony socialism”. Twenty years after India reached out to the global marketplace, the middle ground is shrinking.” Check out my latest column in The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle for more.


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