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Did India hit the $4 trillion GDP mark?

Did the Indian economy hit the $4 trillion mark already? In the absence of any official confirmation, experts and commentators have been pitching in their opinions. Here is our take on the subject. The widely shared screenshot claims we did, while multiple people have pointed out how the information hasn’t been verified by any official …

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4 levels of analysis of International Political Economy

Understanding International Political Economy

The study of International Political Economy is an attempt to utilise all major sources of academic discipline to break down, analyse, explain and predict complex real-world problems that transcend geopolitical and geographical borders. This comes from the realisation that the complexity of contemporary issues render it difficult to evaluate them solely on the basis of …

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What is Critical Theory?

Critical studies is a line of thought in humanities that now has influence in applied social sciences. It has its origin in Marxian line of thought. Critical theory focuses on criticizing social structures and economic structures, which it considers responsible for societal ills. One cue to recognize the influence of critical theory is whenever you hear the word “hegemony, “intersectionality”, “imbalance of power” and ‘privilege”. We are going to decode the origins of Critical Theory. It has its root in Marxist hypothesis that economy and economic relationships influence culture. Thus, Critical theory takes a stance against power structures and aims to dismantle them. It has a long history in western thought originating from Marx’s writings to culminating in deconstruction. It has now found voices in gender studies, labour studies, and other academic disciplines that deal with study of societies and people.

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The importance of India that is Bharat book series: Part 1

India that is Bharat was a book that was long due. It is a book that translates the conscious and subconscious understandings of any Indian who is in touch with her soil into solid written form. It expresses what has since long been waiting to be expressed by any common Indian. In my opinion, this book is the first of the many milestones that Indic thinkers should achieve in order to balance the epistemological gap between the colonial mindsets and the indigenous voices.

Broadening the reach and scope of the EPA

Government has plans to rework environment related acts including Environment Protection Act, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution Act), 1981 and The Water Act, 1974. The mode of governance is taking a turn towards market based approaches from a purely regulatory one. The government is also contemplating a new task force dedicated towards Environmental protection. …

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Environmental Offenses: A brief history and Analysis

Prior to 1974, the penalties on crimes against the environment (apart from that for Wildlife, which was protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972) were encapsulated under the IPC. This changed with the enactment of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974, which was in accordance with the historic declaration of …

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Unemployment data in India and its analysis 

By Abhijit Suresh and Richa Thakur Unemployment statistics need to be demystified so that policy commentators, lawmakers and the general populace can be informed about definitions concerning unemployment rates across different sections of populations in Indian villages and cities. This analysis uses the data from the Economic Survey of India 2022-23 to understand the variations …

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Current total fertility rate a description of the current trend in India's population

India’s Population: What The Future Holds

Total Fertility Rate in various states in India in 1992-93 Total Fertility Rate in various states in India in 2019-20 Contrary to popular belief, India’s population is not booming at an alarming rate. While there are strains on resources that need to be addressed, implementing coercive measures to unnaturally curtail population growth would not be …

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Sengol – the link to the Indian civilization

Abhijit Suresh and Richa Thakur The recent uproar surrounding the Chengol, a magnificent creation by Vummidi Bangaru under the guidance of Tiruvavaduthurai Aadeenam in 1947, and its installation behind the Speaker’s seat in the new Parliament has sparked intense controversy. People have attributed various meanings to it, from a symbol of monarchy to representing the …

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