Inverting #popunation – Deploying the Concept of ‘Real’ Population

We Indians love to say 'India is like that only'. #popunation is a common cynical response to many systemic problems India faces. In this short extract from a longer essay entitled 'The Ideology of Overpopulation', Economist Utsa Patnaik masterfully exposes how ridiculously misguided the use of this hashtag is, and in so doing, allows us… Continue reading Inverting #popunation – Deploying the Concept of ‘Real’ Population

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Understanding Capitalism: Don’t Take It On Faith

I am thinking about a note I found on the corner of the internet by journalist Liu Zhiyi: “After using the toilet at 4am, I stuck my ear on the workshop corridor wall, and listened to the machines rumbling steadily from all four directions - this is the factory's heartbeat. The employees work, walk and… Continue reading Understanding Capitalism: Don’t Take It On Faith

Why everyone should watch ‘The Battle of Algiers’

In a September 2003 article in the New York Times titled “What does the Pentagon see in 'Battle of Algiers'?”, Michael Kaufman wrote: “challenged by terrorist tactics and guerrilla warfare in Iraq, the Pentagon held a screening of [the film]” ... “As the flier inviting guests to the Pentagon screening declared: "How to win a… Continue reading Why everyone should watch ‘The Battle of Algiers’