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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

Recent entries

To Escalate or Not? This Is Modi’s Zugzwang Moment

This is the 17th installment of The Rationalist, my column for the Times of India. One of my favourite English…

India’s Problem is Poverty, Not Inequality

This is the 16th installment of The Rationalist, my column for the Times of India. Steven Pinker, in his book…

Here Is Why the Indian Voter Is Saddled With Bad Economics

This is the 15th installment of The Rationalist, my column for the Times of India. It’s election season, and promises…

We Live in an Age of Bullshit

A slightly shorter version of this was published as the 14th installment of The Rationalist, my column for the Times…

Wave Goodbye

This is the 88th installment of Rhyme and Reason, my occasional set of limericks for the Sunday Times of India…

18 May, 2008

Was William Makepeace Thackeray a Marathi Manoos?

If not, why does Bal Thackeray not spell his name Bal Thakre, as it originally was, asks Vir Sanghvi in his column in Hindustan Times.

It is a misfortune of the Bombay Quiz Club that we are not important enough for Shiv Sena goons to demand that we change our name to Mumbai Quiz Club. Can’t even take a principled stand here. Pah!

Posted by Amit Varma in India | Politics

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