In the wake of a slew of layoffs at the country’s largest IT services companies, many young job-seekers have begun to despair of finding work in the technology industry in the coming months and years. A shock to this industry, if any, hits the foundational beliefs of the Indian middle class, which celebrates science and spurns humanities, making engineering and medical science the two most aspirational career choices for high school graduates.
I attended a conference organised by the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) titled ‘New Thinking on Health Policy’ on 4th November 2016. My short notes about a point made by Professor Ila Patnaik. The following chart shows that there is a negative correlation between Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) — a key health indicator — and per capita GDP of the country. This means that growth in GDP can lead to improved health outcomes.
This essay was written as part of a course I took on Political Philosophy at IIT Kanpur. Here, I examine whether death penalty is justified as a mode of punishment or not, specifically in the Indian context. 1. Introduction Capital punishment (or death penalty) has been a matter of debate for over centuries now. As of November 2015, 140 i.e nearly two-thirds of the countries around the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.