Tag: Inequality

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  • Race for Inequality

    Race for Inequality

    It might be churlish not to applaud the observations of the son of a gas-station-attendant turned billionaire, who seems to effortlessly multiply his inheritance, expressing confidence that his country, an emerging nation, would soon be amongst the “three richest countries” globally. At around $3 trillion, India is in the reckoning though nowhere near the USA’s …

    November 6, 2018
  • Revolution that failed

    Revolution that failed

    “Revolutions are the locomotives of history”, said Marx. For Venezuela, that locomotive has now stopped moving altogether. Characterized by extreme inequality, impoverished living conditions, endemic corruption and political disenfranchisement, it has been close to a failed state for quite some time. Now with inflation about to touch a million per cent according to IMF estimates …

    September 7, 2018
  • What can we do about inequality?

    What can we do about inequality?

    In the last column, I asked why we were blind to inequality. The more important question is: what can we do about it? Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King argued that “we must rapidly begin … the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society”. Otherwise, “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and …

    February 1, 2018
  • Why are we blind to inequality?

    Why are we blind to inequality?

    The concept that human beings should be equal is very old. It was the fight against injustice and inequality between the French royalty and the citizens that drove the 18th century intellectual Jean-Jacques Rousseau to write “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” These words sparked the French Revolution. Across the Atlantic …

    January 21, 2018
  • Why are we blind to inequality?  

    Why are we blind to inequality?  

    The concept that human beings should be equal is very old.  It was the fight against injustice and inequality between the French royalty and the citizens that drove the 18th century intellectual Jean-Jacques Rousseau to write “Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.” These words sparked the French Revolution.Across the Atlantic in …

    January 19, 2018
  • Himachal polls: Tribal women drop ‘political recourse’ for property rights

    Himachal polls: Tribal women drop ‘political recourse’ for property rights

    Elections have come and gone, but struggle for tribal women to fight the ‘customary inequality’ has not ended. Every time, they submit a memorandum, asking the politicians in Kinnaur to lobby for their issue of scrapping or amending the customary law that bars tribal women from inheriting ancestral property, they get only ‘lip sympathy’. “We …

    November 7, 2017
  • An unequal world

    An unequal world

    There exists a highly unequal distribution of incomes and assets within countries and between countries. While billions of people enjoy longevity and good health, more than one billion people live in abject poverty, struggling for mere survival every day. The poorest of the poor face the daily life-and-death challenges of insufficient nutrition, lack of healthcare, …

    February 26, 2017
  • No ‘silver bullet’ for excessive inequality, says IMF chief

    No ‘silver bullet’ for excessive inequality, says IMF chief

    Policymakers across the world must act now to check inequalities even as there is no "silver bullet" to contain this problem, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday amid a raging debate here at WEF on widening wealth gap and the resultant rise in populism. She also said that turning back on globalisation will be a …

    January 18, 2017
  • ‘Global inequality widens rich-poor gap’

    ‘Global inequality widens rich-poor gap’

    Global inequality in sharing resources and wealth distribution is widening the gap between the rich and the poor worldwide, said the British international confederation Oxfam on Monday. "The richest one per cent have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Power and privilege are being used to skew the economic system to increase …

    January 16, 2017
  • Gender-bias?

    Gender-bias?

    Was it not more than a trifle ironic that on the very day the media hailed the women “toppers” at the National Law School University in Bangalore, reports should also appear that the higher judiciary was top-heavy the other way around – only 10 per cent of High Court judges were women. Were it not …

    August 30, 2016
  • Helicopter with 6 missing in Nepal

    Helicopter with 6 missing in Nepal

    Helicopter with 6 missing in Nepal

    August 8, 2016