Book Review: The Limits to Growth

Is growth an unstoppable beast or does it have limits? This is a question which a lot of academicians have been debating for a while. With numerous theories around the idea of growth, the labyrinth of development and growth has been complicated even more. It was in the 1970s when people started to play with this idea and challenge it through the lens of science. The Limits to Growth is a seminal piece of work as it not only initiated a discourse around the hitherto untouched limits to growth but also used science to back its arguments. In this article, I intend to present my views and thoughts about the book.

Kashmiri Feminism: History of Refusal, Rejection, and Resistance – 1

By introducing the concept and complexities of Kashmiri Feminism, the first article of this series aims to highlight the basics of Kashmiri Feminism under the light of three themes – Resistance of Kashmiri Women against the Military Occupation, Failure of Indian Feminism in accommodating the identity of Kashmiri Women and the position of Kashmiri Women in the Indian Nationalist Project.

Is Capital Punishment Ethical?

The article will describe the status of capital punishment pre and post Independence era and will also discuss the question surrounding capital punishment as a necessity. Additionally, it will discuss the landmark judgment ‘Bachan Singh vs State of Punjab’ wherein the Supreme Court discussed the status of capital punishment and the legislation governing it

Decoding The Hits and Misses of the 4 Indian Labour Codes

On 22nd September, the Rajya Sabha passed three labour codes— The Industrial Relations Code 2020, The Code on Social Security 2020, The Occupational Safety, Health, and Working Conditions (OSH) Code 2020. When combined with the fourth code, i.e, the Code on Wages 2019, the four labour codes are an amalgamation of 44 Central Labour Laws/Acts. With an objective to simplify and modernize labour regulations, the proposed changes come at a time when the country is grappling with a conundrum between choosing worker’s welfare and ease of doing business, both of which have taken a serious hit during COVID-19. Through the course of this article, the authors attempt to decode the simplifications proposed across the 4 codes, their impacts on the economy, and lastly, place anticipated outcomes of the bill as the nation tries to recover.

How does Bollywood Impact the Indian Diasporic Nationalism?

In this article, the author argues that Bollywood has a significant impact on the nationalism of Indian diasporic communities and theorise the potential reasons behind this phenomenon. thye lay out two ways in which Bollywood constructs the image of an “ideal diaspora”, with the examples of two movies — Namastey London (2007) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). They assert that Bollywood movies about the diasporic communities also have an impact on the nationalism of the country’s residents.

Mainstreaming Gender in Technology

This is the first conversation of Inter-Linked’s 4-part series on ‘Gendered Identities in the Digital Space’. Prof (Dr) Lina Sonne foregrounds our understanding of accessibility, usage, and ownership of technology, and technology-enabled devices (mobile phones), to establish how women continue to be disadvantaged in this perceived gender agnostic space. This conversation primarily draws from Dr Sonne’s research in this area of women’s use of mobile phones in India.

Biden’s Role in the Unraveling of Afghanistan Crisis

The U.S. retreat from Afghanistan is done and dusted. The rest of us are coming to terms with the fact that “Afghanistan is now the world’s problem”. Meanwhile, Washington has probed an investigation into “What went wrong in Afghanistan and whose fault was it?” and President Biden is held liable. This article, which is part-1 of a two-part series on Afghanistan, attempts to put the Biden administration under the microscope.

Covid-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Inequality: A Case Study of Peru, El Salvador, and India

The pre-pandemic level of inequality in income distribution and accessibility to resources have made the informally employed vulnerable to emergency situation, especially in countries with a high proportion of informal economy. With the Covid pandemic the income shock experienced by this segment of the society left them with no means for basic amenities and inadequate aid by governments, most were forced to choose livelihood over potential infection.

To Pay or Not to Pay for Domestic Work

This article contains excerpts and key takeaways from our conversation with Mitali Nikore of Nikore Associates. In this episode of Inter-Linked, we discuss the issue of whether homemakers should be paid for domestic work. We discuss the nascent political developments and weave together the arguments posed by feminist academicians on the opposite ends of the debate. We also look at why there are better alternatives to wages-for-housework in the Indian context.

WHY THE RISE OF TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD FOR PAKISTAN

On September 1st, 2021, the United States completely withdrew its forces from Afghanistan making way for the Taliban to come back to power after nearly twenty years. This is seen as a diplomatic victory of Pakistan as the previous democratically established government in Afghanistan was close to India. However, the rise of the Taliban may not be all good for Pakistan as they come with their share of threats and problems.

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