The K.R. Rao committee has only recently taken on board the views of civil society stakeholders, raising questions as to whether illegal mining and environmental issues will be properly addressed.
The structures of power that surround the marginalised require them at every step to prove their legitimacy, self worth and even their right to exist.
It is puzzling that India’s political parties, which swear by the motto of poverty alleviation, have yet to properly implement any system of progressive personal income taxation. Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel, in their new paper ‘From British Raj to Billionaire Raj?’ have pointed out that the share of […]
“The top 1% of earners captured less than 21% of total income in the late 1930s, before dropping to 6% in the early 1980s and rising to 22% today.”
“At times we get justice when we complain, but on most days discrimination is a way of life for us.”
According to an index developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International, six South Asian countries rank in the bottom 20 in terms of addressing inequalities.
A new report ranking countries on their commitment to decreasing inequality has ranked India at 132 out of 152.
As economic growth and rising inequality take centre stage, it is vital to understand the history of data, how it is produced and what numbers represent.
Activists are demanding justice for Grenfell Tower fire victims as part of a broader movement to narrow economic and racial divides.
Despite the high out-of-pocket costs, a large number of patients across rural and urban India are choosing private healthcare options.
Popular protest is on the rise globally, particularly in places with deeply entrenched inequalities.
Maboneng in Johannesburg represents one strand of the type of urban “development” that’s advocated for by the proponents of “global cities”.
People in some of the most unequal countries in the world think theirs is the paradigm of meritocracy. Can the data help explain this phenomenon?
India’s Human Development Index is 0.624, according to a UNDP report, falling to 0.454 when adjusted for inequality.
How will the incoming fourth industrial revolution impact society and what clues do tech hubs such as the Bay Area hold for us?
The IMF has expressed public concern about inequality, but this has not translated into concrete action within the IMF’s own policies and programmes.
With our freedoms coming under attack, we have arrived at a time when it is crucial for scholars and academics to prove their relevance to the people and show them they are on the same side.
Populist leaders are using the corruption-inequality message to drum up support without an actual intention of tackling the problem.
“I always was rushing,” Rohith Vemula wrote, “Desperate to start a life.” But the beginning could never take place, it was fatally elusive.
In a report titled ‘An economy for the 99%’, Oxfam said that the richest 1% of the world has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet put together since 2015.
The gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago, an Oxfam study has revealed.
Presenting its findings on the dawn of the Davos summit, Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago and unless tackled, public anger will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes.
While the government talks about smart cities, the reality of India’s urbanisation is a web of increasing inequalities and powerless local authorities.
Urmi Nanda Biswas, an applied social psychologist, talks about her recent comparative study on female foeticide in Orissa and Gujarat.
Scholar who knew the task of an economist is not just to measure inequality but to find ways to reduce and eliminate it.
The celebrated economist says a progressive property and income tax, greater say for workers in companies and an education system that is less biased against the poor will do more to reduce inequality than the fashionable proposal of a ‘basic income’ for all.
Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities not just for access, but also for active participation, are more widely shared.
The wealth share of the top 1% has been increasing steadily, especially over the last two years.
What is tolerance if not the patience to accept that there may be some people whose views deserve criticism by our standards but whom we do not give up on and regard as evil?
Andhra Pradesh’s new ‘world-class’ capital city will require enormous amounts of energy and resources to build and to run, while destroying precious natural environments and local livelihoods.
Climate disruption is inextricably linked to economic inequality. Serious climate solutions must be, too.
Economists discuss what (if anything) this budget will mean for inequalities in the country
What is also certain is that public investment in education and health is distinctly inadequate and undermines India’s development model.
The choice of Angus Deaton as winner of the 2015 Economics Nobel comes at a time when there is increasing global concern about rising inequality.
Harsh Mander’s new book is a compelling and readable work that exposes the rigid inequalities of New India