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

Perspectives

Populism has opened new possibilities in the electoral space, often at the cost of the democratic ethos. The conjuncture of finance capital, digital technology, and politics has metamorphosed the voter into a spectatorised voting subject, that is, a subject narrowly concerned with the satisfaction of basic, private needs of food, shelter, security, and mobility aspirations, often at the expense of a socially or culturally defined other. Voters are spectator-cum-players or participants in a game that is the elections and polarising politics, shaped and influenced by parties and their corporate-style electoral consultants. As spectator players, the voters do not exercise their agency as individuals but as parts or “dividuals” of networks.

Apart from the recurring economic instabilities, which have been a regular issue at least since the Great Depression, the article outlines two other major hurdles confronting the capitalist order. The first is the persistent growth in inequalities of income and wealth, and the second is that of environmental degradation and climate change. It then briefly outlines some ways to engage with these major issues.

Many judicial pronouncements on the legality of online games have been passed in recent years. With the introduction of the rules by the union government on the regulation of the online gaming industry for real money games in 2023, a contradiction in the approach towards the fast-growing industry between the union and the states comes to light.

India, with its vibrant youth population, holds the potential for significant national and global contribution, provided these young individuals receive proper education, skills, and meaningful employment. However, there is a concern that the country might miss the chance to fully benefit from its demographic transition. This article acknowledging the country’s diverse workforce delves into the demographic landscape among the socio-religious communities. Despite being the youngest, Muslims and the historically marginalised Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes face lower workforce representation.

Access to modern technologies and the most lucrative markets, along with diversification towards high-value agriculture in line with emerging consumption patterns, can help augment farmers’ incomes substantially and sustainably.

Contrary to the spirit of the law, children are not better off in the institutionalised model of care where they are kept after the ties with their parents are severed. Thus, the courts should be more inclined towards providing a family-like environment, by way of an alternative care model, to the neglected children.

The effects of the pink tax and gender-based price discrimination on women and individuals encompassing transgender and non-binary identities are examin ed. These discriminatory pricing practices exacerbate the financial burden placed on individuals who feel compelled to conform to societal standards by purchasing certain feminine-labelled products. By recognising the experiences of women and transgender individuals, policymakers can align their efforts with legal principles of equality and non-discrimination, fostering a more equitable and inclusive society.

The “buy now, pay later” product is analysed, examining its strengths, opportunities, and challenges for consumers, service providers, investors, and regulators. The model and simulation underscore the robust appeal of BNPL as a deferred payment solution for consumers. While its simplest form is universally attractive, more intricate variants may yield equitable benefi ts selectively among stakeholders.

Individuals associated with Sangh Parivar often cite Angus Maddison to support their narrative that India’s economic past was that of a golden bird. However, this is mere cherry-picking, and when looked at in its entirety, Maddison’s findings about India’s past are not that flattering. They show that the golden Hindu period is a mere fantasy.

The scarring effect of the pandemic is estimated by grouping the industries into four subsectors based on energy and labour intensities. A comparison of model output and the projected growth from a hybrid data set revealed the least impact on green industries. However, the intertwining of green and brown industries and the consequent short-run transitional cost necessitates calibrated policy intervention for sustainable growth.

The contentious proposal of “one nation, one election” is critically examined. The interwoven relationship between elections, social cleavages, federal balance, and the potential implications of simultaneous elections for democratic (in)stability in India is explored. In doing so, comparative literature on concurrent elections is studied to assuage its merits and demerits, and better understand the implications for a country like India.

The study focuses on the early marriage of the girl child in India using the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey. There are only nine states where maximum cases of a woman being married....

In the aftermath of the popular uprising of 9 July 2022 in Sri Lanka, the counter-revolutionary regime led by Ranil Wickremesinghe and backed by the party of the disgraced ex-President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has sought to suppress further dissent. The West has extended cover to the government, legitimising its support with rhetoric about stability. But amid global unravelling, Sri Lanka’s crisis demands a new framework to grasp the tremendous changes occurring in the country.

While existing literature predominantly focuses on servitude in regions like Ceylon, Africa, Fiji, and Guinea, with extensive exploration of the kangani system or girmitiyas, a notable omission can be observed in the case of the maistry system’s role in colonial Burma. The article sheds light on a significant yet often overlooked aspect of the literary portrayal of the Indian labour diaspora in Burma.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has established Rythu Bharosa Kendras (Farmer Assurance Centres) at the village level to take the agriculture-related services to the doorsteps of the farmers. Within three years of their advent, RBKs have found a place in the list of national best practices and NITI Aayog is proposing to replicate the model in other states. While decentralised service delivery is a positive development, the long list of its mandated services is proving to be a bottleneck for effective service delivery. This article examines the functioning of RBKs at the village level to evaluate the merits of the programme.