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A Critical Review of the Three Farm Bills, 2020 with a special focus on the Minimum Support Price

India is a country that is built on its agricultural prowess. Since Independence, the national leaders and policy makers have engaged in various activities to strengthen the agricultural sector and make us self-sufficient. Indian agriculture reforms can be classified into four periods (Tripathi & Prasad, 2009) namely, 1950s – mid 1960s: Period of agrarian reforms, institutional changes and cooperative credit institutions Mind 1960s – 1980: Period of modernization and green revolution with a focus on high yielding varieties and modern technologies in farming. Achievement of self-sufficiency 1980 – 1991: Period of diversification. Focus shifted from food crops to other diverse … Continue reading A Critical Review of the Three Farm Bills, 2020 with a special focus on the Minimum Support Price

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The Hidden Dagger: Dependency and Vaccine Poverty

We have all, at least once in our life, come across the story of ‘teaching a man to fish’. It says that one must teach a hungry person how to fish rather than giving them fishes. The moral justification is that we will be keeping them dependent on a handout if they don’t learn how to be productive. Capitalism in its basic form is a system that propagates a free-market economy where each individual is subverted to sell his labour at a minimal cost in order to generate a profit for the enterprise. Here, the ideology that one must be … Continue reading The Hidden Dagger: Dependency and Vaccine Poverty

Culture and Imperialism

By Edward Said Edward Said is widely proclaimed as the pioneer of Post-colonial studies and more specifically in the field of literary criticism. His ideas have shaped a new field of interpretation of colonialism in a modern (and sometimes, postmodern) lens. He gained fame and critical acclaim for his debut book called ‘Orientalism’ which laid the foundation and basic framework on which later writers of postcolonial works have adopted. ‘Culture & Imperialism’ is one of his greatest work, through which he analyses the role of cultural hegemony and symbolic domination that the imperialist countries held over the colonies. He takes … Continue reading Culture and Imperialism

India Bleeding

A critical observation on Synthetic Patriotism and Solidarity of India Saffron is for sacrifice, white is for peace, green is for prosperity and the Ashoka wheel at the centre represents progress. Isn’t this how we have been brought up to embrace the magnificence of our flag, the tri-coloured national flag? The flag along with the emblem, the geographical map, the national anthem, other national symbols and the constitution gives shape to this great nation. However, do we really know what constitutes our nation? Is it the Federal Republic system of governance with democratic practices? Is it the aggregate of thousands … Continue reading India Bleeding

The Uneducated Literates – How Universities Manufacture Conformity

If education civilizes human mind, or if education is what provides civility then one must assume the 16% of the world population are but savages of our times. Let’s not even get to the quality of literacy or even what qualifies as being literate. Is it being able to sign / write your name and read your language? Does literacy make us civilized or is being civilized a necessity for civilization. Let me not dwell into the arguments on the need to be civilized. For that would be too philosophical and besides the point of this essay. What I wish … Continue reading The Uneducated Literates – How Universities Manufacture Conformity