IHD-ISLE Webinar Series:
Covid-19 and its Implications for Economy, Work and Livelihoods
Institute for Human Development (IHD) &
Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE)
Invite you to join a Webinar on
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS IN PANDEMIC TIMES
Professor Deepak Nayyar
President, ISLE; Emeritus Professor, JNU &
Former Vice Chancellor, Delhi University
Professor Alakh N. Sharma, Director, IHD
will Moderate the Webinar.
The object of this lecture is to analyse the implications and consequences of the ongoing pandemic for lives, livelihoods and the economy in India. Its focus is on three propositions. First, it suggests that the morbidity and mortality associated with COVID-19 in India is much lower than elsewhere in the world, to explore possible underlying reasons. Second, it argues that saving lives and preserving livelihoods are imperatives, since both taken together shape the wellbeing of people and it is for the government to reconcile these objectives instead of letting it be posed as an either-or choice creating a false dilemma. Third, it discusses how the prolonged and draconian lockdown has dealt a crippling below to the economy, making recovery a far more difficult task, while placing a disproportionate burden on the poor, for whom it is now a question of survival. In conclusion, the lecture will reflect briefly on possible ways forward.
About the Speaker:
Professor Deepak Nayyar is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, New York. Earlier, he taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Sussex, and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi, and as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. He is also currently President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics. His latest books, Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development and Asian Transformations: An Inquiry into the Development of Nations, have been published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, in late 2019.
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