Since the time of the second wave of reforms in 1990s and its embedded neoliberal policies1, the economic gain of capitalist class has been enormous. During this period the Indian capitalists multiplied their fortunes many fold2 (Das 2013; Patnaik 2010a). As a token of this the growth trajectories of Indian economy climbed to break the “Hindu” rate of growth of 3.5% per annum (Kumar 2009).
The reformer-crusader Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, didn’t waste his eighth opportunity to present the Union Budget, the last full budget before 2014 elections, by helping the rich and giving peanuts to the rest of India.
Last month, after the costliest and arguably, the nastiest campaign in history, Barack Obama secured four more years in the most high-profile job in the world. Voters picked Obama over millionaire Romney despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate and a weak economic recovery in the aftermath of the Lehman collapse in 2008.
The last few months have witnessed a slew of policy announcement by the United Progressive Alliance II (UPA-II) government. The media labelled the announcement as the second wave of economic reforms of the UPA-II. Important among the policy changes are: (i) allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail sector in India; (ii) partial withdrawal of subsidy to cooking gas by limiting the entitlement of the number of subsidised gas cylinders to a family to six in a year; and (iii) disinvestment of certain public sector units.
The nature of industrial disputes and workers struggles has seen mammoth changes during the last decade. There have been considerable mutations in the patterns and frequency of resistance in the past years and its role and prominence in the political affairs of the country also became more vital. At the initial period of post-liberalisation the involvement of workers in union activities, in industries invigorated with the neo-liberal reforms were staidly burgeoning and the place of such movements were more in the periphery of general workers struggle in the country.
കളികളില് താല്പര്യമില്ലാത്തവര് ആരുണ്ട്? കളികളുടെ ശാസ്ത്രീയതയും മനുഷ്യ സ്വഭാവത്തില് അതിന്റെ വിവിധങ്ങളായ സ്വാധീനങ്ങളെയും കുറിച്ച് പ്രതിപാദിക്കുന്ന ശാസ്ത്ര ശാഖയാണ് ഗെയിം തിയറി.
Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) organised a 'Janakiya Koottayma' (People's meet) on "People's Alternative to Emerging Kerala" on September 8, 2012 at Trissur, that is 4 days before the 'Emerging Kerala' event. The meet was inaugurated by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik. This is a video recording of the entire inaugural address.
The 'Emerging Kerala' project represents a very serious threat not only to the fragile ecology of the state but also to the living standards of the ordinary people of Kerala. It also represents a departure from trajectory of development which has come to be associated with what is called internationally as the 'Kerala Model' of development. Why do i say that?
Everything needs an inspiration. Unfortunately not all inspirations make good story lines. That is why inspirations as banal as making easy money do not count for stories even when glaringly true. So here is the inspirational story behind 'Emerging Kerala' as told by our adorable CM himself.