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The Tax State and the Conundrums of Public Budgeting

This article elaborates on two broad trends that are shaping the public budgets of nations: (i) the tensions of globalisation and its implications on the tax state; and (ii) the process of financialisation. It shows that these two lenses can be employed to understand many of the proposals in the current Indian budget, and indeed even future budgets. They foreshadow the increasing status quoism and incrementalism that has come to mark public budgeting exercises the world over.

Globalisation, Privacy, and Data Protection

Though the union government made efforts to protect the data of individuals with the introduction of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 and subsequently with the enactment of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023, there are various lacunae which still need to be resolved. Against this background, the right to privacy and data protection in a globalised world is discussed, along with the need to bring about reforms for the effective implementation and protection of the same. 

Globalisation and Higher Education Institutions in South Asia

Universities as Transformative Social Spaces: Mobilities and Mobilizations from South Asian Perspectives edited by Andrea Kölbel, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, and Susan Thieme; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022; pp x + 330, `1,695.

Era of Services Sector Globalisation?

The diminishing role of merchandise trade calls for a greater focus on services.

Does Caste Have a Permanent Address?

Casteist habits, prejudices, and privileges often glide smoothly over national boundaries.

New Labour Codes and Implications for Women Workers

The union government has enacted four new codes amalgamating existing 29 labour legislations, and presently is in the process of finalising the rules. This paper examines the probable impact of such changes on women workers, in the context of the declining female labour force participation rate in the last few decades. Labour laws need to be reframed in such a manner that they contain measures that facilitate greater female participation in the labour market. Broadly, the new codes have retained the provisions and added few, which may facilitate women’s participation. But there are areas of omission too, particularly in the informal sector, where the majority of women workers are employed. The analysis draws from feminist legal scholarship for a more nuanced understanding of the issue of legal protection beyond an economic rights perspective.

Monetary Policy Debates in the Age of Deglobalisation

This article is the fi rst in a series of two articles on monetary policy debates in the age in which deglobalisation is a buzzword. The ongoing monetary policy debates of the age will be discussed by focusing on macroprudential measures, capital controls and central bank independence in Part II.

Understanding Globalisation through the Lens of Contesting Narratives

Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters by Anthea Roberts, Nicolas Lamp, Harvard University Press, September 2021, pp 400, `2,434.

Dietary Diversity during COVID-19 in India

The article reports the findings on the changing dietary patterns of Indian households during COVID-19, based on an analysis of the Consumer Pyramids Household Survey. The impact of the pandemic on diet composition was most severe for the poor and the deprived, who substituted inferior cereals for expensive cereals and spent lower amounts on nourishing foods such as fruits and vegetables.

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