The Banyan Shades


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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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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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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Millets and Nutrition in India

The Government of India, in 2021, embarked on the ‘Millet Mission’ as part of its association with the United Nations World Food Program. The UNGA’s resolution recognizing 2023 as the International Year of Millets has catapulted the grain family into the limelight. The grains are being recognized globally as a viable solution to Global malnutrition. …

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The weaponization of political retribution by Intellectuals

Retribution requires vindictiveness. Where there is vindictiveness, there is a sense of being wronged, and that wrongdoing being avenged. How does this principle apply to the justice systems we have created for dispute resolution? More importantly, does it create a repair in the wounded collective consciousness that is seeking a resolution to one or more …

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Navigating the colonial ecosystems.

Navigating Deconstruction and protest culture.  As we stand today, at the brink of Indic awakening, we are surrounded by innumerable institutions that operate with colonial influences. We are surrounded by the influences of British and Middle-eastern coloniality. When I say institutions, I don’t just mean physical institutions like our schools, colleges, courtrooms, parliament, etc., I …

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