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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

Assembly Proceedings

This is the 28th installment of Rhyme and Reason, my weekly set of limericks for the Sunday Times of India…

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The Landscape of Freedom in India

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This is a guest column published today in the Sunday Times of India edit page. The first three weeks of…

16 January, 2009

The Candlemakers’ Petition

Version One by Bastiat: A petition by candlemakers for protection against the sun, which is “flooding the domestic market” with “production of light” at “an incredibly low price.”

Version Two by Sabnis: A petition by candlemakers against online petitions, which have affected the sale of candles by replacing candlelight vigils as the ultimate in “futile and convenient empty gestures.”

Quite. The first person to point me to an online petition that has actually achieved something in the real world gets a lifesize wax statue of Himesh Reshammiya with a wick on top. (Conditions apply.)

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