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

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Medical Garbage and the Making of Neo-liberalism in India

In the 1980s, as plastic pervaded daily life in the Indian household, so too did it saturate everyday healthcare. Following these developments, alongside other post-liberalisation regulatory reforms, in 1998 the central government published its biomedical waste (management and handling) rules. In Chennai, the implementation of the rules has simultaneously, if inadvertently, consolidated and intensified the commoditisation of biomedical waste. This paper argues that this traffic in medical garbage is not a product of neo-liberalism in India. Instead, it is through innumerable stories like this that the "Indian neo-liberal" gains meaning.

Governmentality, Population and Reproductive Family in Modern India

In the 20th century and now into the 21st, 'overpopulation' presides over its own industry of institutions, discourses and practices which in turn produce the terrain on which questions regarding the nature and import of reproduction in India can both be asked and answered. Rather than viewing population control as a mechanism of regulation/repression, this article is about what population control discourse produces: the erasure of the very possibility of thinking historically about population control in India. It presents a preliminary history of population as an object of knowledge in modern India, highlights the smooth ahistoricity of overpopulation discourse and addresses the history of the relationship between population and governance as it has interpolated the reproductive family.
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