Can Gurcharan Das Learn from Krugman?

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Two very different op-eds in the New York Times that make an interesting juxtaposition. The first, by Gurcharan Das (Das is a right wing thinker– neo-liberal, anti-reservation, but not a Hindutva sympathizer) which has an essentialist, India Shining” trajectory with a Reaganite twist:

….common saying among Indians that our economy grows at night when the government is asleep.”

And the second, by Paul Krugman talks about the Republican contempt for government as being a product of its decision to make itself the party of racial backlash”

Where did this hostility to government come from? In 1981 Lee Atwater, the famed Republican political consultant, explained the evolution of the G.O.P.’s Southern strategy,” which originally focused on opposition to the Voting Rights Act but eventually took a more coded form: You’re getting so abstract now you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites.” In other words, government is the problem because it takes your money and gives it to Those People.