ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Medical Garbage and the Making of Neo-liberalism in India

In the 1980s, as plastic pervaded daily life in the Indian household, so too did it saturate everyday healthcare. Following these developments, alongside other post-liberalisation regulatory reforms, in 1998 the central government published its biomedical waste (management and handling) rules. In Chennai, the implementation of the rules has simultaneously, if inadvertently, consolidated and intensified the commoditisation of biomedical waste. This paper argues that this traffic in medical garbage is not a product of neo-liberalism in India. Instead, it is through innumerable stories like this that the "Indian neo-liberal" gains meaning.

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