Monthly Archives: February 2015


ChakravyuhWhile we are on the topic of the growing gap between the rich and the poor, I recently saw the movie Chakravyuh on TV. This movie by Prakash Jha depicts the struggles of Maoists/Naxalites, and is sympathetic to them.

There are 4 main groups in this movie  Рthe exploitative industrialist, the corrupt/disinterested politician, the police/ government servant and the exploited tribals/Maoist.

The police were depicted as doing their job with or without heart, but definitely in their political master’s control.

The politicians and business groups had no redeeming features – perhaps because they were not dwelt upon much – perhaps because they are not personally impacted – by the scenes unfolding on-site – besides of course trying to exploit the region to their own gain.

The movie is most sympathetic to the tribals / Maoists. (depicts a couple rotten eggs among them to round off human nature).

Their simplicity, their backwardness, the beauty of their festival, their exploitation – both personal and collective – because of their vulnerability and the fact that their homes are in mineral-rich regions respectively. Continue reading

BBC debate in Davos

The presentable Evan Davis chaired the panel discussion on the growing gap between the rich wef15and the poor in the world.
On the occasion of the Economic Forum in Davos. Davos incidentally is one of the most expensive places in the world.

The high-profile panel comprised of:
Christine Lagarde, MD of the International Monetary Fund
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of advertising giant WPP
Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa
Robert J. Shiller, Professor of Economics at Yale University
Winnie Byanyima, executive director at Oxfam International. And co-chair of the WEF at Davos.

All panelists are highly educated and experienced, and luminaries in their fields.

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