BUSINESS AND FINANCE
How do you feel about an employee “exposing” a company and letting out its “dirty secrets”? Pure wicked or arguable?
The concept of whistleblowing has started to gain recognition in India only in the recent past, and as it grew, bigger were the headlines. While some condemned the whistler, there were cases that shed light on the sheer harassment and ostracization they were faced with.
What decides whether something is valid or not? Is the situation particularly worse in India? What does the future look like?
Read on as Ishi Jain dissects this dilemma and explores the unsaid boundaries of bringing out the “inside”.
Long queues infront of the Apple store, which were a common occurrence after the launch of a new iPhone have metamorphosed into long queues infront of the Nike store after a new Jordan ‘drop’.
The sneaker market in India grew explosively in less than half an decade, making a new segment of individuals known as ‘sneaker heads’ more than just a niche market. As sneakers gained popularity, Indian retailers and resellers took to themselves to cater to the massive demand and so came a wave of boutiques, stores and websites which gained traction instantaneously.
India is seen ‘sneaking’ in a billion dollar industry in shoe boxes, the rapid trajectory causing concern for the trend to die down as hastily.
Head to the latest article on 180 Pulse- “The Sneaker Game: Where Fashion Followed Function” where Manya Bagla critically analyses the sneaker market in India, giving rationale to its exponential growth and outlining the road ahead for the industry.
Digital enterprises like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, etc. that operate their business in virtual space makes it difficult for local governments to bring them under the tax radar to file taxes .
Hence, India introduced a digital tax in the form of an ‘Equalization Levy’.
If all goes well for India, the Government can enjoy the additional bonus in digital tax revenues. But only time can tell if this turns out to be in favour of India, or not.
Read on to know how this new tax takes shape in the time to come. Digital enterprises like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, etc. that operate their business in virtual space makes it difficult for local governments to bring them under the tax radar to file taxes .
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Cryonics is the practice of preserving humans and animals at cryogenic temperatures in the hope that future science can restore them to a healthy living condition as well as rejuvenate them. At present cryonics can only be performed after pronouncement of legal death of the cryonics subject.
Read on as Mugdha Singh delves deep into the economics and ethics of the science.
Imagine a world where there’s no taking time off of work to drive down to a medical centre, no hassle with parking, no fighting to schedule with five different doctors, losing your lab orders and having to drive into the clinic to get a replacement, no accidental drug-on-drug interactions, or a drop in drug efficacy because of your own evolving chemistry.
This is what Telehealth promises to offer. Read as Kavya Aggarwal discusses how e-health has reshaped how providers, patients, and healthcare stakeholders approached healthcare.
Google has a greater impact on our lives than the people around us. Amazon has developed a new definition of needs and desires. Our digital lives have become more valuable than our physical ones as a result of Meta. A few tech giants decide how we should live our lives. Whether by architecture or unintentionally, the internet’s symbolism as a free world has faded away. But what is the alternative? Perhaps Web3. An extension of bitcoin/cryptocurrency, Web3 uses blockchain in new ways to new ends but they have come under immense public scrutiny and investigation pertaining to its misuse and over-reliance in creating a fair world
Can the controversial Web3 actually assist in the creation of internet equality?Can we rely on Web3?
Check out Lokesh Somani’s article on ‘Web3: An End for Monopolistic Tech Giants?’ that delves into these questions through a deep dive into the world of internet.
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ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC POLICY
Every second child suffers from some form of malnutrition in India, leading to diminished mental ability and increased risks of nutrition-related diseases. 144 million children under the age of 5 around the world are stunted, with a third of these children in India. India loses up to 4 per cent of its GDP and up to 8 per cent of its productivity due to child malnutrition, as per estimates.
How does the government estimate these figures and do the surveying methodologies used portray a true picture of reality? How do the policy makers plan to overcome these issues through the government’s intervention?
Check out Rohan Punhani’s article on ‘The Cost of Hunger‘ that delves into these questions and provides a greater insight into the larger issues at hand.
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Declassification means an authorised change in the status of information from classified information to unclassified information. However, the government has purposefully suppressed information from the people due to particular exclusions and bureaucratic red tape, and the concept of democracy has been lost due to such opaqueness.
When the Trump administration in America neared its hundred-day mark, a day that Trump had spoken of triumphantly in his campaigns, there had to be some major achievement to present to the public. So, the Trump government planned a massive tax cut. Stephen Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary said that “the plan will pay for itself with growth.”
PSYCHOLOGY & HISTORY
Imagine you’re walking down the street, and you happen to find a ₹2000 note lying on the sidewalk. You’ve been trying to save some money to put towards buying a new car in the future. Today, however, you take your newfound ₹2000 and put it towards an expensive dinner. You tell yourself that this money isn’t “car money” — this is a one-off, special occasion, so why not treat yourself to a nice evening out?
Why do we treat some money differently? Why do we think less about some purchases than others? Consumers, although deemed to be rational, are economic elements that more often than not are ruled by cognitive errors.
Because of mental accounting, we often behave illogically when it comes to money. Read on as Suhani Jain breaks down how marketers use this loophole to their advantage, convincing customers into the Theatrics of a ‘Good Deal’.
In spite of attempts made to bridge today’s generation gaps between people of different age groups, few instances of “Generation wars” do pop up in some form or the other. Apart from social and cultural interactions, the workplace is where people belonging to almost all generations find themselves interacting on an everyday basis.
But is having a diverse set of workforce always necessarily a threat to organizational efficiency? When we frequently point out issues such as communication barriers, differences in working style and contrasting beliefs, why do we often overlook the benefits of intergenerational interactions?
Head to the latest article on 180 Pulse – “Generation Gaps in Workspace: Threat or an Opportunity?”, where Subhashini K analyses how generation barriers can be turned into effective tools to propel organizational growth.
When we think of all the decisions that we have to make daily, trying to make the optimal decision is often not possible. Our cognitive thinking abilities and self control across diverse activities are ‘bounded’ because of various limitations. The implications of these limitations range from having misconceptions about certain people in our lives to speculative bubbles in various asset classes.
What deviates our decisions from what is considered to be desirable or logical? How do we make the right decision and outsmart our cognitive biases?
Check out Ananya Taneja’s article on ‘Bounded Rationality in Decision Making’ that delves into these questions through the realm of Behavioural Economics.