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Putin’s war in Ukraine has disrupted supply chains all over the world. Add to that rising geopolitical tensions between the United States and China, as well as rising inflation, and you have the perfect recipe for a recession. Beyond these shocks, however, opportunities for realizing long-term economic goals still persist in Latin America. This column examines the likelihood of a recession in Latin America while also outlining potential long-term opportunities.
by Ananya Bhargava Controlling women and their sexuality has been the bedrock of the caste system, which has emanated and maintained a hierarchical social order dominated by upper-caste upper men. This social order is legitimised through various Brahmanical texts and rituals, which necessitate the domination and superiority of the Brahman male over other women and […]
In China, which has repeatedly been the site of surveillance and censorship, the Dangai genre of dramas has been able to introduce a large viewership to the nation. This article brings up the inconsistent stance of censorship, with prospects of worldwide commercial success being the overarching goal challenged by orthodox values.
As a part of the No-wash protest, women in the Armagh Prison of Northern Ireland used their menstrual blood as a mode of resistance against the British authorities. While the British state used menstruation to control the bodies of women, the latter used it to challenge the existing gender norms.
Menstrual blood is a taboo, expected to be concealed and kept private. However, its public showcase by the female inmates of Armagh prison took everyone by surprise and the event turned into a spectacle.
The Partition is remembered as a horrific event which cannot be compared to any other violent event in the world. It cuts across regions, religions, castes and gender, inflicting pain on those who were caught in it. This article aims to look at the historical evidence through which the partition is remembered and talks about the rise of oral history in recent years.
This article aims to explore the nature of secondment transactions and the applicability of the same in the current tax laws existing in the Indian context. The taxability of these transactions has been explored through various case laws and the most recent landmark ruling of Northern Operating Systems. The article lastly deduces the implications of the said judgment in upcoming cases and how the same may be perceived by companies in the Indian market.
This article aims to explore the liquidation process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. Further, the article lays down the procedural requirements under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Liquidation Process) Regulations, 2016 that need to be complied with by every company going into liquidation. The article also explores the importance of these insolvency guidelines and their need in the current financial system.
Starting with the inflationary impacts of the expansionary fiscal and monetary policy followed by the war in Ukraine, 2022 could be largely summarised into four words: war, recession, inflation, and energy crisis. And as we enter another year of uncertainty, fears – particularly those of a slowing global economy – seem unavoidable. As policymakers use their economic toolkit to cushion the economy, this article looks at Nauru—a country that did exactly what everybody is trying to avoid now.
The provision of electricity, as a good, has two main components: its generation and its distribution. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022 focuses on reforming the distribution component of the Indian energy sector to remedy its long-standing malaise. This article analyzes the Bill and its potential impacts, specifically defending its necessity as an economic and public policy reform.
The EdTech industry in India has been experiencing rapid growth in the past few years, fuelled by increased access to technology and digital literacy after the pandemic. While the industry has transformed learning and paved the way for a more blended form of learning in both online and offline mediums, the industry is breaking its bubble with a slew of new challenges. News headlines about misleading advertisements, unprecedented layoffs, and other ethical issues have raised serious questions about the exploitative nature of the EdTech industry in India. Furthermore, due to the absence of any clear policy framework, the industry appears unregulated, leading to an overall lack of accountability and transparency.
This article aims to map out the trajectory of the perception of body hair removal and how, over the years, a hairless woman has become the feminine ideal. This paper isn’t restricted to what has been but also brings to light the changing conversation around body hair, body freedom and femininity. One of the major goals of this paper is to unpack and analyse the implications of the word “choice”, a word often casually used in discussions on body hair removal.
How does alcohol relate to feminist movements in America. The article talks about how alcohol led to social mobilisation amongst the women and helped champion other rights too eventually such as the right to franchise. Prohibition was historic not just because of it being a state being the morality police but also because of the involvement of women in bringing it about.
Japan’s new National Security Strategy has taken its military spending to unprecedented levels. This marks a drastic departure from historical precedent, and has major implications for Indo Pacific security. This article will examine the historical development of the Japanese Self Defence Forces and the diplomatic and military measures outlined in the new NSS.
This article is a case commentary on the Shreya Singhal V. Union Of India case. It focuses on the right to privacy aspect of the judgment and its groundbreaking contribution to the furtherance of fundamental rights. The article focuses on the need for the laws to be clear and not ambiguous while also highlighting the importance of reasonable classification while making laws.
The article focuses on the systematic alienation of Muslim citizens in India. It highlights their exclusion in terms of public employment and their lack of participation in the same. Their ostracization is due to the belief that they are not loyal to the country. The literacy rates amongst the Muslim community are also abysmally low due to such ostracization and lack of government support to mend the situation. The article provides a deeper insight into the lives of the Muslim citizens of the country and the need for reforms to mend the situation.
Federal consumer privacy legislation has been discussed for decades, even though individual States in the United States have sole control over consumer privacy laws. However, it appears that Congress has made some headway with the American Data Privacy Protection Act (“ADPPA”), which has been suggested as a historic piece of U.S. Federal privacy legislation, following in the footsteps of the GDPR, and will thus be discussed in the current article.
Women’s inability of acquiring land and property is a sheer barbaric and misogynistic representation of India’s age-old ethos. It has been ardently argued by various sections of society that ownership and control over land is a major stepping stone towards attaining greater gender equitability. The orthodox mindsets of people cause these huge gender gaps between men and women—a huge part of society still believes in the age-old concept of the unitary household where the property should be owned by a man. This concept is institutionalised to the extent wherein it is presumed that such power in the hands of the male members of the family benefits the entire household. This notion has adversely affected the legality of the property rights of women, which will be explored by the author in the following article.
This article examines the portrayal of women in Bollywood films, in the specific context of women’s careers. Through several archaic and sexist tropes, Bollywood keeps reinforcing the idea of a reality or at least the aspiration of a society where women either only have certain socially approved professions such as teacher or nurse or have no careers whatsoever.
Taiwan and China’s relationship has evolved over several decades and both sides have looked forward to a sense of closure. As is the case for most conflict-prone areas, the concerned parties are unable to reach any accord. The only difference is the status quo which they have derived for themselves was a stopgap, which is haunting both nations thirty years later. The article will review the policy and its implications on the future of cross-strait relations in the region.
The Aam Aadmi party’s victory in Punjab has been marked as the dawn of a new political bloc making the party be reckoned amongst the likes of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC). A political startup has officially achieved the status of a two-state party without aligning under any regional or ethnic identities. It has done so by focusing on delivery in sectors like education and healthcare, steering away from the headwinds of nationalism or religion. This article aims to review the ideology of the AAP and whether it can answer the BJP’s right-wing nationalism.
Kamala Das’ “An Introduction” tackles a lot of coming-of-age themes such as intimacy, sex and femininity. This article tries to find a connection between these themes and explores how they link together in the context of the poem and generally. Here there are 3 viewpoints that are being used to explore this link; the what, the why and the how.
This article intends to explore the recent report shared by the OECD in order to strengthen the tax base of countries, especially after the covid pandemic. Further, the article establishes a connection between the newness of the GST regime, the covid era impacting the country’s economy and the new tax regime brought in place in order to tackle the challenges arising post the pandemic in terms of tax collection and exemptions. Lastly, the article aims to understand the role played by the government in ensuring a technologically advanced tax regime which is efficient and aiding in the development of the country holistically.
IPR refers to the legal rights granted to the inventor or creator to safeguard his innovation or creativity for a specified length of time. These legal rights grant the inventor/creator or his assignee the exclusive right to fully employ his invention/creation for a specified length of time. heir economic returns are contingent upon the expenses of their creation, their attraction to potential users, the structure of the marketplaces in which they are sold, and the legal rights that allow their owners to govern their usage.
Countries have used sports to assert dominance and mark their presence for centuries. This article explores the role of football in improving or deteriorating diplomatic relations between nations and how Qatar used the FIFA world cup to become more relevant and assert its soft power, and how impactful is sports diplomacy.
As social media continues to tackle the problem of correct word usage, “queerbaiting” has become one of many such buzzwords. What is repeatedly ignored are the implications and consequences of shifting its inclusion in the discourse surrounding real people. This article looks at the complexities contained in this shift of “queerbaiting” as a narrative technique to the sexuality of celebrities.
The oppression of women is ancient and it predates any other form of oppression. Women of the world have since time immemorial borne the brunt of patriarchy which, due to its dynamism, has gradually and incrementally overlapped with newer and more universal forms of oppression i.e capitalism. Patriarchy and capitalism have together sustained and perpetuated a male-dominated society in the 21st century and have resisted any transformation of its core assertion of male supremacy.
The essence of fast fashion lies in its replicability and its ability to be of the moment. Their relevance is often short-lived resulting in countless environmental problems, consumerism and drained workers. They rely heavily on cheap labour and materials to produce quick clothing at low rates. This essay examines issues surrounding fast fashion from a feminist lens and analyses how the violence of fast fashion is gendered.
Coercive and deceptive interrogation by the police impedes justice. It often harms the process and outcome of the case, which in itself is detrimental when we consider the innocent people who might get framed, the victim who never got the justice they deserved, and the actual culprit who was let free without any consequences.
Europe is heading for a recession. With sky-high energy prices, a surging dollar, and China’s slowdown, most economists have now begun to discuss the severity of the recession and what it would entail. On that front, this article takes a hypothetical trajectory and predicts three possible scenarios that might pan out for Europe in the coming years: a) a severe recession, b) a cataclysmic recession and lastly, c) a relatively mild recession. It further takes a hypothetical path and explores how each of these scenarios will unfold and the likelihood of them occurring.
Iran is one of Russia’s principal foreign allies in the ongoing Ukrainian war. By supplying weapons to Russia, Iran has to an extent reversed the traditional client-patron relationship between Western and Middle-Eastern states and opened a new frontier in its proxy conflict with the United States. This article examines the background of the Russia-Iran alliance, the different forms of Iranian military aid to Russia, and the larger geopolitical implications of Iran’s stance.
This article aims to analyse how the application of Nudge Theory can turn the failure of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative into a success by adding a few ‘new nudges’ recommended by me.
Partition brings about memories of colonial rule, violence and migration. However, during such memories, the images of women are absent. The role of women was not shown in Partition history which left women invisible when we talk about this traumatic incident. This article highlights some of the literary works from the Partition era and investigates the lives of women who exist between these pages. The role of women is examined by their participation in public spaces which shows a contrast between Masculine and Feminine times.
Abstract Putin’s war in Ukraine has disrupted numerous supply chains and worsened the global economy. The geopolitical tensions have triggered a race among nations to launch an unusual innovation that may have the potential to disrupt the global financial system: central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). This column explores the geopolitical role of central bank digital currencies, with a focus on China’s e-CNY.
Abstract Though much has been written about Ambedkar over the past few decades, Dr Shashi Tharoor’s new book “Ambedkar: A life” promises to provide a thought-provoking take on the relevance of Ambedkar’s ideas in today’s context while critiquing him where necessary. While the book manages to provide a good introduction to the unaccustomed reader, its critique remains non-exhaustive if appropriate at times.
Tawaifs usually have a negative connotation associated with them. They are seen as shameless, vile, and corrupt women who pollute society. But this wasn’t the case in the Mughal era. People appreciated their talents in music and dance and yearned to see their performances. They were respected and held in high esteem. They were differentiated from prostitutes and were seen completely from an artistic lens. But all of this changed with the arrival of Britishers and Christian missionaries who systematically broke the institution down. To protect Victorian morals, they started to blur the differences between tawaifs and prostitutes. As a result, tawaifs lost their identity and livelihoods forever.
In an era where the discourse around a global rightward tilt of democracies is done to death, the Left has made some admirable comebacks from South America to Western Europe. Yet the South Asian left has been conspicuously absent when it comes to any sign of a revival on a political front. The absence is felt more deeply in times of economic distress, social rupture and climate catastrophe. Why is leftist politics, with a rich legacy stretching back to colonial times, devoid of a substantive presence in this region? It is a long story and an interesting one at that. To our benefit, it plays out in five acts. Whether it ends in tears of joy or sorrow is yet to be seen.
Abstract The conflict in Tigray constitutes the single largest humanitarian crisis currently raging. The outcome of the conflict will determine the future of Ethiopia, and the Horn of Africa at large, since Ethiopia is the largest country in the region. A unilateral government triumph will decimate the civilian population of Tigray, while a successful Tigrayan secession will throw the geopolitical status quo into chaos. This article analyses the origins of the conflict, the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis, and the involvement of foreign powers in the war.
Ever since the Global Financial crisis (2008), China has made repeated forays into utilising economic means to define maritime security. Initially, this came around through stray efforts at naval modernisation to defend and enhance Chinese connectivity abroad until President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road initiative. Since then the subsequent benefits and pitfalls of this initiative have prompted western policymakers to assess China’s global ambitions through the dual lens of investment and infrastructure. In this sense, the BRI has been sure to set alarm bells in the west over a possible Chinese economic hegemony in the developed world prompting them to rush forth with initiatives of their own such as Build Back Better. Accordingly, this paper seeks to analyse how throughout the years, China has used economic forays to define maritime security for itself up until the creation of the Maritime Silk Road – a strategic sea route of economically significant ports.
The article discusses the legality of Virtual Digital Assets in India especially with the existence of various Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin etc. Further, the implication of tax liabilities as proposed through the recent Budget, 2022 is also understood by way of determining whether the Government deems Cryptocurrency as a valid VDA. The changes in the Indian economy and Crypto market is also explored post the applicability of the tax penalties on income earned through trade of Virtual Digital Assets along with discerning the pre-existing taxation laws on Cryptocurrencies across the globe. The article concludes by questioning the newly designed framework and the imposition of the same on the current Virtual Assets market.
This article explores the gendered divide in labour force participation, with a special focus on the restaurant industry and female chefs. The paradoxical exclusion of women from a sphere that capitalizes on skills that they are expected to dutifully perform in a domestic setting is analysed through real-world examples, media portrayal, and research conducted by experts in the field. A high-pressure work environment and the burdens of unpaid domestic labour together create a vicious cycle that inhibits their professional growth in the industry, with sexist stereotypes forming an added hurdle.
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the gateway to an alternate form of justice delivery through virtual courts. This paper explores the feasibility of virtual courts in India, and briefly describes the past and present of virtual courts in India. It deliberates on both the merits and demerits of virtual courts in India and explores some suggestions to make virtual courts more secure and accessible to the community.
In a country where over one third of the Indian menstruating population lives in period poverty, it is astounding to see that even with progressing times, menstrual rights have not been established to protect them and their rights. Menstrual rights as a legal concept is not acknowledged in the country and it has had a devastating impact over the menstruating population.
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