A tale of two (secular) countries – 🇮🇳 & 🇹🇷

In constitutional terms, Turkey is a secular country. But whereas in most places this implies the separation of religion and state, in Turkey it means state control over religion.

The Economist: Turkey’s religious authority surrenders to political Islam

Their belief is that cow protection is central to Hinduism, and Hinduism is the core of Indian nationhood, even though the constitution says that India as a nation belongs to all religious groups. Cow protection and nationalism have got intertwined.

FT: Narendra Modi’s illiberal drift threatens Indian democracy


Please tell me that I’m not the only one who’s been seeing this connection between nationalism, religion, conservatism, and (crony) capitalism in India, Turkey and elsewhere?

Leading the curve: Russia.
Ahead of the curve: Turkey.
In the pack: India, Poland, Hungry, US, UK, Thailand, and more…

Would you pass this 2 point personal finance test?

Many South Africans are ignorant of the basics of personal finance, a trait that transcends income levels. Neil Roets, who heads Debt Rescue, a debt-counselling firm, says new clients are first asked for their household budget. Most do not have one.

The Economist: In South Africa, more people have loans than jobs

  1. Do you understand the basics of personal finance?
  2. Do you have a monthly household budget, and know when you’re over/under it, and why?

Ignorance of personal finance basics, and lack of a household budget – I’m sure a good proportion of people, across income levels, in India and the UK, would fail this test.

Romantics at The Economist

It may be a business magazine but, when it wants, The Economist can write prose to steal any romantic’s heart 🙂

There will always be wildness in the ways of animals—in what they choose, unbidden, to pursue. But to seek the natural, in India as elsewhere, must also be to accept that the world of the wild is shared with, and shaped by, humans; to be a human who loves nature is to try and make that sharing work. The idea of powerful creatures in the vast untouched wilderness has a sublime thrill to it. It also has a certain cosiness; it is the imaginary ideal where many human ideas about nature grew up. But as T3 discovered after he swam across the Ken, you really can’t go home again. “The old world is gone,” says Mr Thapar. “We cannot bring it back.”

What an Indian tiger’s bid for freedom says about humans and nature

 

The rituals of 3rd world internet connectivity

Telecommunications remain slow and expensive, with any attempt to access the Internet requiring three rounds of swearing, two rounds of prayer, and a series of sacrifices to pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish gods.

Twelve years a ghost

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