Chinese Communist Party’s recent move to introduce Three Child Policy aligns with its worry about future national demography. Will introducing the policy cover up the hazards of the previous One Child Policy? Will raising three children resolve the problem of ageing and meet the equilibrium in the labour market? How will this policy affect the Chinese population across different age bars and genders? Let’s see.
Dravidianism has been at the helm of Tamil Nadu state politics since the 1940s. It capitalizes on promising development to its masses, and relative to the other states in India, it has largely been economically successful. However, one needs to inquire what happened when the economy liberalized in the 1990s and more importantly, whether or not the Dravidian ideology stayed true to its core tenets. This question becomes important because the two parties, the DMK and ADMK consecutively allied with the BJP in the early 1990s. Two parties that rejected and continue to reject everything that the BJP stands for, what explains their coalitional alliance? More importantly, how did that affect the economic policies that the two parties instituted? This article attempts to analyze these important questions.
Despite the continued attempts since the 1950s, why has India not made significant improvement in eradicating the caste system? In this article, Ashika attempts to answer this question by observing two spaces of social exclusion which have existed since pre-independence times.
This article talks about the bi-monthly MPC(Monetary policy committee) meeting which concluded on the 4th of June. In the article, I analyze the importance of policy rates on the economy and the effects of keeping them constant in the Covid stricken economy. Further, this article also discusses the implication for the economy’s future.
The 21st century has ushered in a period of democratic backsliding putting everyone at risk. With all kinds of leaders and countries entering the ‘dark side’, no one is safe. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated this. The condition of fledgling democracies is even more at risk: why?
This article discusses the constitutionality of the Fetal Heartbeat Bill or the anti abortion law recently passed in Texas by comparatively analysing the overall abortion laws in the United States and controlling constitutional position.
While interviewing Oucha Mbarbk, a man in a remote village in Morocco, the authors of Poor Economics asked him- without enough to eat, why do you have gadgets in the house? ‘But television is more important than food!’ was Oucha’s response. There is widespread evidence for such behavior being exhibited in typical poor households in India as well. We repeatedly find that poor people tend to invest in tastier foods & recreational goods, even before fully satisfying their caloric & energy needs. In this article, I attempt to explore the key factors that are driving this behavior. In doing so, I briefly explore the Scarcity Theory & the Relative Deprivation Hypothesis. At the end, I put forth an information asymmetry perspective to the problem of nutrition in rural India.
This article explores how lower caste identities in India are curiously invisible and hypervisible at the same time, by looking at Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi and Upper Caste identities in the context of reservations, bollywood and feminism.
Globalization is how the rich perceive the environment and use it to work the economy to their advantage. Localization is how the poor perceive the environment. With globalization becoming the norm of the world, the poor are struggling to keep up. With such an unbalanced binary, how will equality be achieved?
This article talks about the friendship between India and Bhutan, and how it has remained the same if not become stronger even in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, blockchain technology is ubiquitous in China. The country’s rapid research initiatives towards the adoption of the nascent technology has put it in a favorable position to amass much more power on the international stage and upend the current global order. This article argues that a ‘strategic’ pattern of regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin has allowed the Chinese state to assume a position of dominance in blockchain technology. It specifically examines China’s intentions to use its domestic blockchain to promote its own digital currency, the Digital Yuan, and the impact it would have on the current world order.
This review considers the subversion of the racial hierarchy in 1920s colonial Saigon in Marguerite Duras’ The Lover as well as the novel’s portrayal of gender dynamics in colonial Indo-China.