This conversation is a part of Swabhimaan’s latest edition on Midnight Blue.
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.
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.
Policymakers and academics have lauded the use of sports as a tool for liberating refugees by helping them integrate into foreign societies or heal from their traumatic experiences. However, this article discusses the many ways in which this notion of liberation of refugee athletes through sports becomes one that is mostly performative.
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.
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.
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 was formulated to protect children from offences that are sexual in nature. However, there are many obstacles faced in the implementation of this act and also the recording of data by the National Crime Record Bureau when it comes to offences against children. This paper talks about the issues observed in the manner by which data related to child offences has been recorded along with the problems that arise in and because of the POCSO Act, 2012.
Climate change is affecting life in ways we never imagined. The recent floods in Europe was one of the many indicators of the severe consequences of climate change. With the United Nations Climate Change conference 2021, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, it is time for all of us to take up the initiative to fight against climate change.
The South is usually blamed for poor waste management, but the North must share equal responsibility.
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This article analyzes why the Tokyo Olympics were held despite the pandemic, and what could its economic repercussions be on the Japanese economy. This article conducts a cost-benefit analysis of the whole event, and examines whether the world’s biggest sporting event is in need of reform.
In this article, Noor Sharma talks about the populationist view with respect to population count, its growth and control. She goes on to refute the argument using examples of the two major consumers of Earth’s resources: the super consumers and the industries. Consumer Sovereignty is challenged using examples too well known, and planned obsoletion and false marketing- that act as forced determiners of consumer behaviour. Lasly, she defines a feminist outlook to this problem and a possible solution which would require smart family spacing and planning to stunt population growth, without actively controlling it.