Amit Sengupta, October 21,2013
In India, as well as in many developing countries, there is wide acceptance that the present health care system needs serious reforms. There is, however, very limited consensus on the shape and extent of reforms that are necessary. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has become a buzzword in health and development sectors, and is being proposed as the solution. The catch lies in the fact that there is no real consensus on what UHC really means. Proponents of UHC schooled in neoliberal economics propose that UHC is all about securing finances for health services, and in allowing a form of insurance based delivery of services. UHC models being proposed and in many cases, being implemented, often appear to be premised on an understanding that if finances can be obtained the delivery of services will take care of itself. Further, in many situations it is proposed that given the existing preponderance of the private medical sector in many countries (like in India), it is logical to allow a major role for the private sector.
Prabir Purkayastha, June 14, 2013
Edward Snowden's disclosures to The Guardian and the The Washington Post of surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have created a public storm. Simply put, it is now clear that all those dismissed as conspiracy theorists have been right all along – every bit of digital communications is today under NSA's scanner. NSA violates the privacy of its own citizens, the sovereignty of other countries and the privacy of all foreigners – dubbed as “aliens” in the US law.
Prabir Purkayastha, Newsclick, August 8, 2012
The Power Ministry and Power Grid -- squarely responsible for the failure of the grid on two successive days 30th and 31st July -- have been very successful in hoodwinking the the media about the cause of such a massive failure.
Part II of the Leo Panitch- Aijaz Ahmad conversation on the new protests against the system in the developed world . The scholars discuss the structural and political constraints faced by the movements, as they grapple as to how to move beyond protests against the status quo and the existing system.