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Economic Well-Being

ECONOMIC INEQUALITY “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”: Nelson Mandela Economic inequality is the unequal distribution of income and opportunity between different groups in society.  For instance, the 20:20 ratio compares how much richer the top 20% of people are, compared to the bottom 20%. Common examples: 50/10 ratio – describes inequality between the middle and the bottom of the income distribution. 90/10 – describes inequality between the top and the bottom. The most commonly used inequality measures are the Gini coefficient (based on the Lorenz curve) and the percentile or share ratios. These measures try to capture the overall dispersion of income; however, they tend to place different levels of importance on the bottom, middle and top end of the distribution. Education, at all levels, enhancing skills, and training policies can be used alongside social assistance programs to help people out of poverty and to red

Economic Inequality

  ECONOMIC INEQUALITY The first time I visited Mumbai was back in 2011, being an eight year old it was natural for me to see and experience certain things for the very first time in my life. The first time I had a vada pav, ate paani puri and not gol gappa, saw the beauty of Taj Hotel, went to a beach, saw sky-high buildings accessorized with the scorn slums. I couldn’t help asking my mother why this paragon of city, has been blotted with the stain of these slums, how a place which I ostensibly took as the city of the richest, could be the home of such filthy tramps. My mother explained how these tramps are the hands who maintain the glint of these tall glass buildings, who knead the dough for their cakes, who give their labour so that the rich can travel in their shiny wagons while they never hesitate to call them ‘tramps’.  It was then that I realised that the city of the richest was also the city of India’s largest slum and that India itself was the house of some of the richest and

Self Strength: A Personal Memoir

Great things are achieved primarily because someone was motivated to take the first step and  had the courage to go beyond their comfort zone to pursue something they truly believed in.  But this is not some gift endowed at birth on a few selected  individuals;  you and I both can gain the confidence to muster up courage  in situations we need to speak up in or take up a project beyond our forte. And that would  not come unless we develop ourselves, and that’s when self-strength comes into the picture. Self- strength means self- discipline, it means fearlessness, being assertive, and the having the ability to  withstand the umpteen lemons that life throws at us on regular occasions.  We need it while dealing with difficult people, while taking up new responsibilities and even  while performing mundane chores to keep us on the track of growth. There are moments in life when we  feel like we have hit rock bottom, the world around us seems to start falling apart and all we  can do is sit

Pseudo Feminism

With every positive effort made by humanity comes a radical and extremist idea. We have come a long way s ince the first wave of feminism traced back to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Now, at the beginning of the 4 th wave we find ourselves caught between our own ideals and getting backlash from our own community. Pseudo-feminism is the term coined for those “feminists” who believe in the superiority of the feminine gender. This radical belief has gained popularity in the current media-ridden age and  innumerable misguided male, female and queer feminists who are now ashamed to associate themselves with the movement. Pseudo-feminism propagates the idea of vengeance against all men and lays foundations for misandrist ideologies. Most commonly, pseudo-feminists are a result of ignorance, half-baked knowledge and tunnel vision. It is of utmost importance to address their views and to educate and define feminism as a stand for equality, be