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A Child's Primer

Children who aspire to become budding development economists would do well to imbibe some of these hints and pointers, whose soundness is matched only by the author’s zaniness.

Unless you learn to work the system, children, it is slim pickings for anyone with a degree in economics in these harshly competitive days. I should know, or why else should I wind up here and thus, in my old age, writing how-to tracts for juveniles in the columns of EPW, all the while risking the wrath of its surly and goateed editor? If you don’t want the same fate to befall you, then pay attention to what I have to say.

This essay is full of kindly tips on how you must prepare yourselves for worthwhile careers in economics, working your way swiftly to positions of power and influence, or at least ones designed to guarantee maximum exposure for your handsome young faces on prime-time television. Follow these tips, and discover a direct trajectory from the Start Line to the Finish Line, which could be located, say, in the corridors of an institution devoted whole-time to transforming the country. With the right mindset, you could certainly end up transforming India, which is far yet from fully realising its potential on its journey from the merely awful to the truly terrible.

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