ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Chirantan Chatterjee

Analysing the Lazy Mother Argument Inspired by the Maggi Controversy

Is it “lazy,” “new-generation” working mothers who feed their children two-minute noodles and other junk food, as was suggested during the Maggi noodles controversy? Or is the junk food intake of adolescents related to the educational status of both parents in a transitioning economy, where education can directly or indirectly influence imitation of so-called Western-style fast food consumption patterns? This analysis of survey data from a non-metropolitan Indian setting shows that junk food intake of adolescents is actually lower for working mothers than for homemakers, decreases with an increase in the mother’s education, but increases with increase in the father’s education and with the household’s socio-economic status.

Crocin or Paracetamol

As the Indian government contemplates enacting generic name-based prescriptions, it is important to understand the pros and cons of such regulation. This article points out various advantages associated with such changes in doctor behaviour, while pointing out potential issues with it. It argues that while the prices of older drugs might come down because of the new regulation, other issues pertaining to quality might arise.