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.