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From 2015, we have moved our newsletter to a blog titled "Perspectives". We hope that the readers of the newsletters would continue supporting us in the new format.

Editorial: No more Exemption to IT Industry from Employment (SO) Act

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Why an Industry that considers human capital as its most important asset is extremely hesitant to comply with the laws of the land regarding working conditions of its workers?

“why would the IT sector bend over backwards to get itself exempted from a fairly elementary labour law? The same industry that prides in its international-level best practices and offers some of the best working conditions in the country!”

Running Away from Standing Orders - The Indian IT Industry and Labour Laws

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There was no public statement from the I-I-B industry as to why it wants the exemption – or even whether it wants the exemption at all. There was also no statement as to why the IT industry was being given the exemption. There was also no suggestion of an alternative framework to which the industry would adhere.

It may come as a surprise to many people that the I-I-B industry has actually been avoiding all sorts of laws in the country for a fairly long time.

Murder of a rationalist and questions

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Dabholkar’s activism in the last twenty years was not limited to eradication of blind faith. He was also actively involved in other progressive movements like Dalit and Women’s rights and environmentalism.

The murder of Dr. Dabholkar was an assault on the core values that India needed as a secular democratic nation as well as an unpardonable crime against a human being.

Revisiting India’s ‘Growth’ Story

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the stop-go cycles in capital formation and growth, asset concentration in the hands of the big bourgeoisie, wage depression, and the class consensus on the perpetuation of the agrarian and taxation constraints constitute distinctive continuities across both the earlier policy regimes and the present crises of neoliberalism in India. Changes in the contemporary Indian growth story entails corporate expansion through foreign currency asset acquisition, contractor capitalism piggybacking on agrarian crisis and wage depression and re-emergence of non-capitalist mode of labour deployment in fastest growing sites of capitalist accumulation.

Economic Crisis: Govt Reluctant to Tackle Structural Problems

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What is the Government's response to this crisis? The present situation calls for active intervention by the government. Instead the government has been trying to make the country an attractive destination for private investment, especially foreign investment. It has been wary of actively intervening, lest it should send a wrong signal to the international investors and credit rating agencies. But a slowing economy with shrinking market size is unlikely to attract much private investment.