Atul Singh

Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Atul Singh is the Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Fair Observer. He has taught political economy at the University of California, Berkeley and been a visiting professor of humanities and social sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford on the Radhakrishnan Scholarship and did an MBA with a triple major in finance, strategy and entrepreneurship at the Wharton School. Singh worked as a corporate lawyer in London and led special operations as an elite officer in India’s volatile border areas where he had many near-death experiences. He has also been a poet, playwright, sportsman, mountaineer and a founder of many organizations. Singh’s knowledge is eclectic, and his friends often joke that it comes in handy when access to Google is limited.

Who Should Lead the Congress Party?

Jun 29, 2019

In this vlog, Atul Singh makes the case that author, orator and scholar Shashi Tharoor should be leader of the Indian National Congress party instead of Rahul Gandhi.

Where Is Brazil Headed?

Jun 29, 2019

With President Jair Bolsonaro in charge, where is Brazil heading? Atul Singh gives his view in this vlog.

Narendra Modi Wins Again as India Rejects the Nehru Dynasty

May 24, 2019

Revulsion for corruption and nepotism makes Indians vote for a leader with humble roots despite his poor track record and authoritarian tendencies. In April, this author called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic record abysmal. Yet he has now been re-elected with a thumping majority. His ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has increased its tally … Continue reading "Who Should Lead the Congress Party?"

Indians Must Choose Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

Apr 25, 2019

In India, about 900 million people are voting in the world’s largest election. In more ways than one, it is a triumph of democracy. People will cast their votes freely and fairly. If the government loses power, the transition is likely to be peaceful. If it wins, the opposition is unlikely to claim that the … Continue reading "Who Should Lead the Congress Party?"

Indian Politicians Write Off Loans and Farmers Kill Themselves

Feb 20, 2019

Broken credit markets and the primacy of special interests are putting enormous burdens on Indian taxpayers and farmers. Countries across the world subsidize agriculture. A key reason for this has been food security. Other reasons such as equity, environmental and cultural concerns also inform the decision to do so. In France, the countryside has long … Continue reading "Who Should Lead the Congress Party?"

Davos Has Turned Duplicitous and Diabolical

Feb 08, 2019

The record number of corporate jets landing in Davos are testimony to a toxic ideology that must be replaced by a more humane zeitgeist. This author has been in touch with some of the Davos jet set. He can attest that the people who gather every year in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum do … Continue reading "Who Should Lead the Congress Party?"

Is Narendra Modi’s Sanatan Socialism Failing?

Jan 21, 2019

India’s economy faces big trouble as jobs dry up, consumption falls and industrial production declines. Prima facie, the gods are in their heavens and all is hunky dory in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just presided over the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. Heads of five world powers — Denmark, Czech Republic, Uzbekistan, Malta and Rwanda … Continue reading "Who Should Lead the Congress Party?"

Theresa May Survives, Brexit May Not

Jan 17, 2019

Divorce is turning out to be more painful than marriage and might make the UK stay in the European Union. These are days of high drama. William Shakespeare, the prince of playwrights, could not have penned it better. On January 15, British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a historic defeat in the House of Commons. … Continue reading "Who Should Lead the Congress Party?"

Economic Pain Spells Trouble for Modi and BJP

Jan 09, 2019

The Modi-led BJP government has emulated Indira Gandhi and emasculated the economy, causing burning resentment among core supporters. Once upon a time, not a very long time ago, the Indian economy was mired in the Hindu rate of growth. The notorious license-permit-quota raj starved the economy of oxygen, perpetuating pernicious poverty by imposing Soviet-style economics … Continue reading "Who Should Lead the Congress Party?"

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