Marriages in India: The Politics of Power
Linked to the social ritual of marriage in India is also the sense of fulfillment of “familial obligation” towards one’s children in “getting them married” at the right time. It would not be wrong to see marriages in this light as no less than a “necessary” social security investment at the “right time” for perpetuation of one’s legacy.
Violence Against Women in India: The Crimes & Their Causes
The dramatic increase in violence against women in India in the past decades has been all too well reported in domestic and international newspapers. Although the statistics speak for themselves, it's nevertheless important to understand that the issue is more global than local. Crimes against women in India will serve here as merely case studies for this persistent social plague which afflicts nearly half of the population of the world.
The Dangers of Meditation: Why It's Bad for the Economy
It's becoming ever more popular, so many wonder what the dangers of meditation are for their health and if there are any associated risks. Believe me, your health shouldn't be the main concern. There is a real threat to the economy and our businesses (cue dramatic music).
Is China Communist or Capitalist? Perhaps Neither
Often best described as a socialist market economy, the Chinese model retains radical elements of its communist origins. Ideologically though, is China communist or capitalist or something else entirely? Let's have a look at the influence of pragmatism in Chinese tradition to get a better idea of what Chinese politicians really are after.
Fighting Depression, One Song at a Time
Fighting depression is now one of our biggest modern challenges and yet too many people still deeply misunderstand how the condition works. Implying it’s something you can be cured of by simply thinking it away isn’t going to help.
Corruption in India: a cause of instability & inequalities
Bribery exists everywhere and in many different forms, but corruption in India sometimes looks like a civil servants' favorite contest nationwide. Since 2005, India has been ranking around the middle (90 out of 180) of Transparency International's league table of country perception of corruption by the people (including investors, businessmen, etc).
Poverty in India: Causes, Effects, Injustice & Exclusion
Despite the country's meteoric GDP growth rate (about 9%), poverty in India is still pervasive; especially in rural areas where 70% of India’s 1.2 billion population live. It is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and yet its wealth is hardly redistributed across the population.
US National Poverty Level: Reading Between the Lines
The US poverty line is a more and more irrelevant measure of the national poverty level – just like any other poverty line these days – and is increasingly criticized even by official agencies. Poverty lines are flawed and prone to manipulation for all sorts of political reasons; they’re also inappropriate at the national level because they do not account of the radical differences between different regions of a country, especially between cities and rural areas.
The US Welfare System: Who Deserves Welfare?
In the history of social assistance, the US welfare state was always met with a lot of opposition, maybe more than in other advanced economies. Several decades ago, it seemed to a majority of politicians to be an unsustainable economic aberration. But many economists today affirm that wealth redistribution policies – though not always in the form of pure welfare – make sense for the greater good and to foster the capabilities of all citizens.
History of Cuba: A Story of Independence
When looking at the history of Cuba, it makes no doubt that the independence is its most important cornerstone. After centuries of colonization by different masters (Spanish, then American), the war for independence came as one of the events that forged the Cuban identity.
Diseases in Africa: Malaria, Tuberculosis & New Challenges
A deadly cocktail of poverty and diseases in Africa is responsible for millions of deaths each year. And the worst part is that these diseases are often easily preventable. While many are tend to think that huge disease outbreaks affect the whole continent, many countries are perfectly fine, and very deadly so-called "silent" diseases (e.g. cardiovascular) are on the rise.
Defining the Poverty Line: Too Much Credit for a Bankrupt Tool?
Poverty lines are created to answer the question of how many people live in poverty within a country (or the world), and how bad the situation is for them. It's also useful to make comparisons between and within countries over the years. The most common type of surveys use household budgets to define a poverty guideline, differing mostly in whether they count a household’s expenses or needs. But is that really enough?
Effects of Poverty on Society, Health, Children and Violence
Issues like hunger, illness and thirst are both causes and effects of poverty. Not having access to water means that you are poor, and being poor also means that you may not be able to afford water or food either. In other words, poor health, lack of water or housing, child abuse or violence fuel a cycle of poverty in which so many end up trapped for life.
Poverty and Crime: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
Poverty and crime have a very "intimate" relationship that has been described by experts from all fields, from sociologists to economists. The UN and the World Bank both rank crime high on the list of obstacles to a country’s development.
Causes of Poverty: The Impact of Society, Colonies and Discrimination
At first glance, the causes of poverty are quite overwhelming: from colonialism to industrialization, from political institutions to geography, corruption and so on. But they are also extremely interesting to examine closly if you want to better understand why countries are where they are today. Each cause is rooted in a radically different phenomenon and each needs a specific solution.
Child Poverty starts at Home, Here's How To Prevent Abuse & Homelessness
Tackling child poverty is a universal cause that everyone can gather around because they are always the victims of a situation created exclusively by adults. Sometimes they're born in the wrong place (due to conflicts, corrupt governments, etc), sometimes extreme situations put a huge strain on their parents and push them to the edge. It's time to get pro-poor programmes that focus on helping the parents cope with their problems and learn about parenting.