articles by Rajni Bakshi


12-hour work day: Millions of Indians regard as normal what Alibaba chief Jack Ma asked of his employees

Today, the eight-hour work day remains elusive, particularly for Asians. An ILO study in 2018 showed that in South Asia and East Asia on an average, workers are putting in 46 hours a week.


Narendra Modi's 'industrialists' remark: Decoding PM's reference to Mahatma Gandhi-GD Birla and its implications

Modi's statement on importance of industry in nation building evoked many reactions, but it is his reference to Mahatma Gandhi that calls for a closer look.


At Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's Mumbai convention, activists set to seek accountability, speak truth to power

Political and social activists from across India are converging in Mumbai for a People’s Convention on Infrastructure Financing which will demand accountability from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


Dalai Lama's 'Thank You India' event: Govt must rise above geopolitics, honour Tibetan contribution to the world

Indian people, along with the rest of the world, need to thank the people of Tibet for being inspiring exemplars and honour their contributions to the world


Mahatma Gandhi's 70th death anniversary: Does the idea of non-violence work in today's world?

Was Gandhi's faith misplaced? Johan Galtung, the veritable 'father' of Peace Studies, has concluded that Gandhi's methods worked in situations where the conflict is vertical and violence is structural.


Note for Gandhi Jayanti: What current generation should make of Mahatma's experiments with ahimsa

Mahatma Gandhi often spoke about how his life was altered by a single book — John Ruskin's 'Unto This Last'. It was this book that reaffirmed Gandhi's intuitive feeling that true civilisation is not the ability to build elaborate structures or design complex technology.


Swaraj at 70

On 13 August, Firstpost began a series titled Swaraj at 70 that examined how different people from various walks of life view the concept of swaraj, aazadi and democracy.


Swaraj at 70 Part 11: India needs to heed Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's call for decentralised agro-industry, says Mahesh Sharma

Mahesh Sharma talks about the meaning of Swaraj and the need for decentralisation in the agriculture sector and the need for direct democracy.


Swaraj at 70 Part 10: Food sovereignty means democratic control over what we eat, says Jean Dreze

Jean Dreze's uses his extensive knowledge of the Indian ground realities to expound on the need for food security and its link to Swaraj.


Swaraj at 70 Part 9: Technology has the potential to redefine social fabric of India, says Siddharth Sthalekar

Firstpost spoke to Sthalekar, who explains how and why technology and other forms of currency can enhance Swaraj in India.


Swaraj at 70 Part 8: Politicising of human rights issues has pushed liberal discourse into corner, says Kalyani Menon-Sen

Firstpost spoke to Kalyani Menon-Sen about Swaraj, who has been a part of feminist struggles for human rights at the national and international level.


Swaraj at 70 Part 7: India needs a more inclusive model of development, says Vijay Mahajan

Vijay Mahajan talks about how three million poor households are looking for Swaraj through microfinance and livelihood promotion services.


Swaraj at 70 Part 6: People's aspirations are no longer limited by age and class, says Ashni Biyani

Firstpost spoke to Ashni Biyani, who has developed a nuanced understanding of the multi-dimensional shifts unfolding in the Indian society.


Swaraj at 70 Part 5: For true freedom, we need to end oppression of handouts and subsidies, says Arun Maira

Former Planning Commission member Arun Maira talks about the immediate challenges to realise Swaraj in present day India.


Swaraj at 70 Part 4: Youth can play a significant role in solving farm crisis, says Kavitha Kuruganti

Kavitha Kuruganti talks about Swaraj, the agricultural crisis in the country and the role of GM crops in causing it.


Swaraj at 70 Part 3: Alternative brand of politics has disappeared from India, says Piyush Mishra

Firstpost spoke to Piyush Mishra about the concerns of the youth in modern-day India, casteism and the meaning of Swaraj in Independent India.


Swaraj at 70 Part 2: Not being able to disagree without causing upheaval is dangerous, says Sushobha Barve

Firstpost spoke to Sushobha about the situation in Kashmir, the recent spate of mob-lynchings and the meaning of Swaraj in present day India.


Swaraj at 70 Part 1: Past 25 years are a matter of pride, but there's a long way to go, says Baijayant 'Jay' Panda

The first part of 'Swaraj at 70' sees Jay Panda speak about the current political scenario, cow vigilantism, land displacement and more


Swaraj at 70: The concept of aazadi is no longer enough

Swaraj at 70 potentially draws us into a well-rounded reflection on India as a society – rather than as a nation or an economy on the global stage