By Shawn Greene
Nov. 26 – More than 30 years after Deng Xiaoping first introduced China’s famous “one-child” policy, President Xi Jinping’s government appears set to finally relax the country’s approach to family planning. Announcing this month that many urban couples will soon be permitted to have two children under broader exemptions to the “one-child” rule, the government’s policy shift comes amidst concerns that the country’s low fertility rate and rapidly ageing population may threaten its long-term social and economic stability. Continue reading
There are many ideas about how Asia can be re-imagined as a whole even though it is still coming to terms with colonial era map-making and the intellectual domination of the West. Can India, situated at the heart of Asia, promote connectivities and draw the Asian economies together?
By Ambassador Neelam Deo
Nov. 21 – The growth of many Asian economies in a continent that occupies 30% of the world’s landmass, has 60% of its people, mostly young, and already produces some 25% of global output, has been so rapid in the last 20 years that it has already been vested with the collective image of the “other” in the western gaze.
There are today many ideas floating around about how an economically vibrant Asia can follow the European model, be dominated by China, or continue to grow under the leadership of the U.S. “None of the above” may, however, be the best option as we try to imagine an Asia unencumbered by colonially-devised boundaries, geographical and intellectual. Continue reading
Education is the most in-demand commodity amongst both the rich and the poor in India. Yet, the state is unable to ride this wave to create a more liberal society. If education is the gateway to taking India’s liberal agenda forward, then educational institutions must be free to pursue their own paths
By Rama Bijapurkar
Aug. 19 – India has the lion’s share of the world’s young people, and that makes it a key custodian of the values of the world of the future. It has chosen the path of knowledge and ideas and liberalism, rather than military might or economic brute force to get there.
Yet, the very cradle of its chosen path – the education system – is highly state-controlled. Its affirmative action is based on quotas for caste and community, both of which are labels that tend to stick to the person for the rest of his life – ironic because the very purpose of quotas in education is to enable a person to move beyond the circumstances of birth. Its education “licensing” policy is such that it tends to attract “bad capital.” Continue reading
Economists agree that a country with a knowledge-based economy will take global leadership in the future. However, will India participate in the global competition and be a serious contender?
By Kathan Shukla
Jun. 17 – The Indian economy, amid a global slowdown, is likely to grow by about 6% in 2013-14. However, if India wants to become a developed nation, it has to pursue scientific research.
Take the iPod for example, a product developed by Apple, an American company, but manufactured in China. The manufacturer in China receives about $4 out of the sales price of $299. The other $295 goes to component suppliers and product developers in the United States.
The country that holds patent-rights and develops global brands benefits most. If India wants to become a developed nation and compete with China and the United States, it must develop global brands. The first step in this direction is scientific research. Continue reading
China’s female entrepreneurs face a legacy of liberalizing economic policies and of traditional social conventions as they shape their role in present and future Chinese society.
By the SIMO University of St.Gallen (HSG)
Apr. 4 – As with most Asian cultures, the role of women has been historically underestimated, and China is no exception. If you look at the country before the 20th century, you will probably bump into traditional ladies, who have their feet tightly bound, who are taking care of the kids at home, and who only show up to serve a cup of tea.
Women in China attained equal rights at a very late stage. For thousands of years they had endured gender discrimination plus hardly any economic power. Women were regarded as accessories of their male ‘guardians’, namely their father and husband before and after marriage respectively, and of their son after their husband had died, known as ‘the three obediences’. Continue reading
Op-ed Commentary: Dr. David A. Owen
Mar. 20 – In the West, especially the United States (U.S.), time is often conceived as a tangible asset that can be used effectively or effectively wasted. Time is inflexible, impersonal, and even has defined limits; the common expression don’t waste my time seems to capture the essence quite nicely.
In the workplace, schedules and appointments tend to be extremely rigid. This likely explains why time keepers and digital appointment calendars are so popular. Phrases such as I don’t have enough time, where does the time go and I’m late are commonly heard throughout the work environments.
Therefore, time should not be wasted under any circumstances. Managing time in an efficient manner is the goal! Continue reading
Mar. 18 – Asian countries with strong Buddhist beliefs are starting to crackdown on the recent craze of sporting Buddha tattoos, a phenomenon that has gained popularity in Thailand amongst Westerners but which has been offending the locals.
Recently, in Sri Lanka, a female tourist displaying a tattoo of the Buddha on her back was arrested for “disrespect”, and was only released after paying a fine and insisting that she had not meant to offend anyone with her tattoo.
Furthermore, just this past weekend, a British tourist with a similar image of Buddha on his arm was refused entry into the country, who also apparently spoke negatively towards an immigration official about the religion.
“If [the tourist] expressed such views after entering the country, it would have been a threat to his own safety,” said an official. Continue reading
2point6billion.com provides news, commentary and analysis on business, culture and politics throughout China and India. The stories are contributed by the business experts at Dezan Shira & Associates, who have offices throughout south east Asia.