Neoliberalism and the Law after Covid - Shared screen with speaker view
Guests can send me their questions, we will be taking them up during QnA
Q1. The international institutions like World Bank and ILO have been advocating for the concept of "Decent Work". However, it's impact have been minimal. Under this context , what is the role of these multilateral institutions in either combating or pushing the agenda of Neoliberalism. Furthermore , how do we assess the role of these institutions ?
Q2. Ma’am, post pandemic we have seen a lot of deregulation take place across industry: including agriculture. The government has allowed farmers to sell to corporates directly by amending the APMC and Essential Commodities Act. How will this affect agriculture and farm income.
Prof Ashwini Deshpande’s analysis of CMIE data on unemployment has revealed that lower castes and women have been affected disprorporationately. However, most of the advocacy on labour rights does not take the gender and caste dimension seriously. How do you think this should be ideally approached in our social context.
Q4. To what extent are neoliberal reforms and rising societal polarisation linked with each other? What can we say is the role of the judiciary in this?
Q5. For Rashmi: Thank you for your interesting analysis. in critiquing neoliberalism and how things are, I think about a comparison what things could be like under alternatives. I see two conceptions of the alternatives here - first, the market should work better (reducing economic concentration and monopoly power) or the State, not market, should provide some goods and services. I wanted to ask you what your thoughts are on the alternative, and whether you see a tension in the two strands of thought in how they oppose neoliberalism
There has been a lot of conversation around a green recovery. Companies have been having discussions on market based tools which will help us in green recovery. Whether it be on emphasizing on carbon exchanges and tradable rights, carbon taxes etc. How effective can market based tools be in having a green recovery? or is it only empty talk to divert the conversation away from real changes?
For Prof Cullet: in a recent case relating to rights of forest dwellers, the Supreme Court had ordered the eviction of forest dwellers to protect wildlife. In context with the non-implementation of the forest rights act, what can be a way forward to protect the environment while promoting and preserving indigenous culture?
Sir, central to neoliberal reforms in environment has been the Kuznets curve: grow now and clean up later. Indian govt. seems to be following it. How true is the theory in reality? Do we see it happening in countries like China, which have grown now and are trying to de-pollute their country?