COFFEEECONTALK is an interview series which is posted on GIPE’s undergrad YouTube channel on the last day of every month. It is a part of The 8:10 newsletter’s Econcordia section and thus revolves around Economics, Business and Finance.

Here’s what’s in store for this episode!

For the Fifth episode of COFFEEECONTALK we have Mr. Murali Neelakantan and Dr. Ashish Kulkarni with us. Mr. Murali Neelakantan is the Principal lawyer at amicus. Dr. Ashish Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. He is also the author of the blog ‘Econ For Everybody’.

Madhura and Jatin start off the interview by interviewing the guests about health law and health economics and then move on to hear about their inspiration behind co-authoring the book chapter titled ‘Trademarks and The Distortions of India’s Many Healthcare Markets’. They conclude the interview with two rounds of ‘Five Random Questions’.


  1. (0:26) Mental health and wellbeing are getting increasingly important nowadays. How will this affect health economics and health law, especially in terms of medical malpractices and negligence in mental health?
  2. (2:04) How can the awareness among people regarding health laws (regarding medical malpractices and so on) be improved? Also, Given how people who gained information on immunity boosting supplements and so on chose to over medicate themselves with them, how does one strike a balance in the population between medical awareness (knowing about drugs, their generic versions) and frugality/discretion when it comes to using them (or handling health issues in general)?
  3. (7:34) How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the way we study health economics?
  4. (10:34) India’s young and employable population must be kept in good health. What should our healthcare system look like for this scenario? And how can India bring forth more preventive care facilities (like sanitation, cleanliness, immunisation) in order to reduce the amount of curative care required? And keeping this in mind, how do we also improve the curative care facilities in the country?
  5. (12:34) You both recently co-authored a book chapter titled ‘Trademarks and The Distortions of India’s Many Healthcare Markets’. What inspired you to write about this topic?

Check out the video for the Five * Two Random Questions!

Links for songs mentioned in the random questions by Murali.

Jatin Kulkarni FYBSc (2021-24) and Madhura Joshi SYBSc (2020-23)

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