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The country should worry about further deepening of economic inequality in the post-COVID period

The World Economic Outlook – a bi-annual publication of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) -- released in October 2020 has anticipated that the economic progress made by the countries since the 1990s to reduce poverty would be turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of that, economic disparity would rise too in the post-COVID world because the crisis has disproportionately impacted women, informal sector workers and people with...

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Wealth Inequality in a Capitalist Society -Prabhat Patnaik

-Newsclick.in Two taxes – inheritance and wealth -- alone, levied only on the top 1% of the population, would be enough to fetch Rs.14.67 lakh crore. It is often believed that the ability to pass on property to one’s progeny is an essential element of capitalism, without which the capitalists’ incentives will dry up and the system will lose its dynamism. Nothing could be further from the truth; indeed the acquisition of...

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The lockdown has highlighted stark inequalities -Zoya Hasan

-The Hindu Instead of embracing the welfare state path, the BJP government is encouraging greater privatisation The novel coronavirus is a global threat, but the pandemic has had an uneven impact across countries and within countries. Historically, social inequality has always been extreme in India. However, the lockdown has sharpened the edges of inequality even further, especially because of the way it has been implemented. Many countries have imposed lockdowns but not...

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Prabhat Patnaik, an economist and former economics professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by Kaushal Shroff (The Caravan)

-CaravanMagazine.in In the budget unveiled in July, the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ambitiously claimed that India’s economy would hit $5 trillion by 2025. In the weeks that followed, the Central Statistics Office revealed that the gross domestic product growth rate for the April–June quarter fell to a six-year low of five percent; the Reserve Bank of India cleared a surplus transfer of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the union government; and...

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Richest 1% Indians own more than half of country's total wealth, says report -Achyut Mishra

-ThePrint.in The report, prepared by Council of Social Development, says Wealth Inequality in India has seen a six-fold increase between 2000 and 2017. New Delhi: The richest 1 per cent of Indians own 58.4 per cent of the country’s total wealth, and this Wealth Inequality has increased six times between 2000 and 2017, said a new report published by Oxford University Press and released by former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh Monday. Titled...

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