Monthly Archives: February 2017

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump: The Proponents of Populism

Donald Trump’s recent election as President of the United States has underscored the pervasive global extent of populist sentiment. The U.S. is only the latest amongst several “liberal democracies” that have come under the control of newly-elected leaders with unabashedly nationalist and protectionist agendas. In many ways, Trump’s defeat of the U.S. Democratic Party is …

Modi’s Monetary Myopia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent demonetization initiative, whereby he unilaterally declared on November 8 that all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no longer be accepted as legal tender, has been the genesis of much consternation in India. The initiative was heralded (and marketed) as an important step towards cutting off funding for terrorism, reducing …