Development / 05.06.2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DUeizp_3vU In this conversation Dr. Anjum Altaf talks to Dr. Amit Basole, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Employment at the Aziz Premji University in Banglaore. Dr. Basole is the lead author of the report The State of Working India 2021: One Year of Covid-19 presents the findings of research on the impact of the pandemic on labour in India. The complete report is available here. This the second conversation arranged under the auspices of Irtiqa Institute for Social Sciences, Karachi. The first conversation with Dr. Jayati Ghosh (The Post-Covid Economy: What We Want and How We Can Get It) can be found here. An excellent interview with Dr. Basole on the findings of the report is here.  ...

Development / 09.11.2020

By Anjum Altaf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tngL299v5jo&feature=emb_imp_woyt The global economy has been brought to a halt by the lockdowns necessitated by the spread of the COVID pandemic. Governments have pledged billions of dollars to reopen and restore their economies. The big question facing progressive activists is whether they wish a return to the economy as it existed before the pandemic. This would be a contradiction because progressives have all along been critiquing the neoliberal economic structure for its many flaws. The pandemic has also laid bare its grievous unjustness and inequalities most dramatically by the plight of the migrant workers in India. Do we wish to return to an economy where workers would be treated exactly as before?  The pandemic provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform the economic structure in favour of labour. This could be via changes in the process of production or through enhanced welfare arrangements.  In order to leverage this...