Workers of Alang-Sosiya

A Survey of Working Conditions in a Ship-Breaking Yard, 1983-2013

A detailed analysis of the working and living conditions at the Alang-Sosiya ship-breaking yard raises several questions about the Gujarat model of development. This paper aims to identify the major challenges in implementing rules for the protection and improvement of workers' rights at the micro level through an in-depth analysis of ship-breaking workers at Alang-Sosiya, and suggests measures to ensure the effective implementation of workers' rights in hazardous industries.

Digitising Endangered Village Archives

The Sundarbans Case

Preservation of local records, rare Bengali manuscripts and copies of vernacular papers and little known local magazines, held in private collections and individual homes of villagers, becomes important, if we want rare insights into the past of the Sundarbans and understand it in all its variety. 

Editorials

There is a poison spreading against minorities but the prime minister refuses to come down on the bigots.

Editorials

The central issue is patriarchy and power, not private taxi services.

Editorials

With the price of crude oil falling sharply, the US shale oil industry is at the edge of a precipice.

Special Articles

Indian Muslims Yoginder Sikand Manjari Katju In cases of mass conversion of Muslims to Hinduism, the central thrust has been on their de-Islamisation rather than on their accepting the Hindu religion. The Muslim castes which have been...

Commentary

The High-Level Committee set up by the Narendra Modi government to review the major laws relating to environment protection has, in its recommendations, worked towards two sets of objectives: one, to separate business from the messiness of...

Commentary

The dollar has been the world's reserve currency for decades, but it is not difficult to see it yielding place to the yuan of China, a country that is already the world's largest economy in purchasing power parity terms, and the world...

Commentary

The interlinking of rivers (ILR) project is in the news again. The Union Minister for Water Resources, Uma Bharti, is reported to have said that the execution of the project would be accelerated. The project is a highly controversial one, and...

Commentary

The Supreme Court's judgment on shariat courts and Dar-ul-Qazas is a fine blend of how the law not just leads but also follows.

Commentary

The United States Federal Reserve has announced an end to its quantitative easing programme, while the Bank of Japan has decided the opposite, and will launch a new bond purchase programme. The Indian stock market has not reacted nervously,...

Commentary

In October, Joko Widodo, or "Jokowi", campaigning on a populist pro-democracy platform, became the new president of Indonesia after a bitter election campaign against oligarch Prabowo Subianto, a former military officer who was...

Book Reviews

Atomic Mumbai: Living with the Radiance of a Thousand Suns by Raminder Kaur (London and Delhi: Routledge), 2013; pp xv + 304, Rs 895.

Book Reviews

Ashraf into Middle Classes: Muslims in Nineteenth-Century Delhi by Margrit Pernau (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2013; pp xxxvi + 504, Rs 995.

Perspectives

Public intellectuals are not absent in Indian society, nor are they alien imports. But where there should be voices, there is now often silence. Are we all being co-opted too easily by the comforts of conforming? Are we fearful of the retribution...

Special Articles

India's post-reform growth experience can be separated into three distinct growth episodes. The first growth episode was from 1993 to 2002 and was characterised by a set of predictable informal relationships ("ordered deals") between political...

Special Articles

The urban-rural divide in developing countries is reinforced by unequal distribution of resources and amenities. Energy as a resource and electricity as an amenity are no exceptions. In this context, this paper questions the relevance of...

Notes

The Academic Performance Indicator, the University Grants Commission's method of assessing teacher performance, curtails academic freedom, reduces all academic engagement to time spent, and has created an academic environment that is driven by...

Postscript
Legitimate safe harbours can balance sportspersons’ right to register conscientious dissent with the need to ensure respect for sporting ideals and the Olympic spirit.
Postscript

The “Why Loiter?” campaign attempts to take over a small part of public space so that women, like all others, can seek fun and pleasure in the streets of a vibrant urbanscape.

Postscript

Physically-challenged persons with disabilities like strabismus do not solicit sympathy; rather, they need sensitivity.

Postscript

Since the days of the Bhakti movement, the ideal that love should only be spiritual has left an indelible mark on the Indian imagination.