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Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He worked in journalism for over a decade, and won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007. His bestselling novel, My Friend Sancho, was published in 2009. He is best known for his blog, India Uncut. His current project is a non-fiction book about the lack of personal and economic freedoms in post-Independence India.




Bastiat Prize 2007 Winner

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Bollywood Explains Economics

A few weeks ago, I started a new section in Pragati, the online magazine I edit, called Housefull Economics. The idea behind the section is to use popular culture as a peg to explain fundamental concepts of economics and political philosophy. This is not my personal column—others will also contribute—but I did write the first five pieces for it. Here they are:

1. Ek Baar Jo Maine Commitment Kar Di—Salman Khan explains the importance of constitutional rules. (June 28)

2. My Shoes Are From Japan—Raj Kapoor brings us two important lessons about globalisation. (July 5)

3. Alone in the City—Amol Palekar expresses his discontent at FSI and Rent Control. (July 12)

4. My Love, I Know What You Want—Amitabh Bachchan explains how prices work. (July 19)

5. Why Is There A Commotion?—Ghulam Ali argues against punishing victimless crimes. (July 26)

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