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About Amit Varma

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

Recent entries

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20 February, 2008

The Oldest Game

Don Boudreaux cuts to the heart of politics:

If a man tonight falsely assures a woman of his undying love only to score with her, we rightly regard him as a sleazeball. But when politicians do essentially the same thing, save on a much larger scale, we call them “public servants” and treat them as our saviors. Very strange.

Just as strangely, I was listening to Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe” on my iPod when I came across Don’s post. Hmm…

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