Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger. Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity only to reiterate the fact how much we are eating while others starve to death (consequently?!).
Author: Ankita Punjani
Currently pursuing B.Com (Hons.) at SRCC, Delhi University. Identifies herself as a staunch proponent of feminism and a voracious reader. Always has a knack for learning new things !
In 1972, the King of Bhutan made the still novel decision to make “gross national happiness” rather than GDP the main objective of the country’s development. This isn’t just conjecture. It’s a fact. In recent years, a number of nations—from remote Bhutan to far less remote Britain, France, China, and Brazil—have begun incorporating measures of happiness into their benchmarks of national progress. What accelerated the change?
Are we really where we predicted? Or are we here because we overestimated? You, me or a few economists are not alone in thinking of GDP as a miscalculated benchmark for national economic well-being. Adjudged as one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, it has long been a closely-watched tool for politicians, economists and journalists alike. But for nearly as long as GDP has been revered, it has faced strong criticism, too. That’s because it captures what economic historians call “somewhat arbitrary slice of reality.”
India runs on five democratic principles: sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic and republic. Well, it’s constitutionally sound. But, do they hold any connotation or give voice to the group that broadcast India ‘most democratically’? Representing India in its truest form is a disguised way of crossing the ‘No Entry’ zone, quite literally. In the past three years, the killing of journalists shook the country and brought the journalistic fraternity in India to demand their safety.
Think about going to a shop only to find that nothing has a price label on it. Instead, you take it to the cashier and they calculate the price. What you pay could be twice as much, or more, than an hour earlier. That’s if there is even anything left in stock. This is the economic reality that underpins Venezuela’s current “political crisis” – though in the truth that crisis has been going on for years. Venezuela’s economy was once the envy of South America. Blessed with the largest oil reserves in the world, the country had a steady stream of USD revenue and immense per-capita wealth but, is now marked by a daily life with an annual inflation rate of 1,000,000%.
I starkly remember how the Home Minister of Karnataka, KJ George, stirred a controversy when he insensitively redefined the meaning of rape “90% rape cases are consensual,” he was quoted saying as reported by Press Trust of India. It is not the first time an Indian politician has said something so insensitive. Sometimes they make you doubt their sanity; at other times they make you laugh and cry. But there are times when these statements make up for global news paving a downward way for India’s political standards.
We have interlocked ourselves into unending debates pertaining to the minimum education bar. Socrates, the pioneering philosopher from Greece had an aversion for democracy for a simple reason: If irrational people represent our country, consequently they will select a series of unscholarly leaders.