India must promote market competition to eradicate social discrimination6 min read . Updated: 04 Jun 2014, 06:06 PM IST
Gary Becker's economic insight has transformational implications for India's diverse society
Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker’s insight on how competitive markets undercut social discrimination offers an effective policy solution to eradicate discrimination in India. Praveen Togadia of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) says that Hindus should collude and prevent Muslims from acquiring housing in a particular area in Ahmedabad. In many schools across the Hindi heartland, it is found that young children are being discriminated against for their caste. In Mumbai, Muslims face difficulties in renting or buying apartments. A prominent Chennai-based English-language newspaper bans the consumption of non-vegetarian food in its canteen. Colleges in Kanpur, Bhiwani and Bhopal place bans on women from wearing jeans and western clothes.