Japan, in June this year, enacted a policy encouraging companies to move to a four-day workweek. In this 2 part series, we will analyse whether the policy is viable and beneficial – on an individual employee and economic level. This article will examine the toxic work culture in Japan and the effects of the policy on companies and their employees.
Community health workers (CHWs) serve as a crucial link between health systems and communities they serve. The usual role of CHWs has been critical in building a resilient health system & was expanded to respond to the COVID-19 related activities and maintenance/continuity of regular health services.
The meteoric rise of K-Pop stars as celebrity diplomats has exported various aspects of South Korean society to the rest of the world. This article explores how some of the nation’s more damaging characteristics, such as its highly unequal gender perceptions are being amplified by the growth of the K-Pop industry.
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.
This article explores how Bollywood has played a crucial role in national identity formation — how Hindi movies have contributed to the transmission of ideas, heightening the awareness of a global lifestyle and thus, establishing normative ideas of behavior that are often influenced by national identity. It especially focuses on diaspora and the NRI identity.
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.
This article discusses how the portrayal of different countries in Bollywood films has evolved along with their diplomatic relations with India.
The article explores the curious phenomenon of women in politics in India being from dynasties. It asks the question of how representative this phenomenon can be. It is the second article in the series ‘Women in Politics’.
This article examines the global underrepresentation of women in the political sphere and highlights the social and economic reasons behind the disparity, as well as the importance of rectifying it. It is the first piece in the series ‘Women in Politics’.
This article sheds light on the importance of Djibouti – a state that has been conveniently left out of the popular international narrative. It provides an insight into Djibouti’s systemic marginalisation and key economic and strategic role. The realisation of its importance is a step forward in the creation of a conducive environment for the growth of such forgotten states.
This article investigates the present political and cultural climate from the lens of colourism in India. It is the third article in the series ‘Identities through Art’.
This article will delve into the positive economic aspects brought about by the liberalization of the Indian economy, while also analyzing to some extent why institutional rigidity has marked India as largely unsuccessful in improving the public good distribution in the same period.