The Crime in Nithari

The death penalty for Surinder Koli may be an error in judgment, providing yet another case for abolition.

Panacea of 'Structural Reforms'

The main commitments of the G-20 leadership, touted at the Brisbane summit, sound utterly hollow.

Editorials

The increasing severity of dengue outbreaks is not being taken seriously.

Commentary

The runaway growth in states of subsidised solar pumps, which provide quality energy at near-zero marginal cost, can pose a bigger threat of groundwater over-exploitation than free power has done so far. The best way to meet this threat is by...

Commentary

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has, in a consultation paper, proposed a framework for regulation of crowdfunding of investment in start-ups, and small and medium enterprises. A critique of SEBI's approach.

Commentary

Dalits constitute over 31% of the population of Punjab, and 42% of the Doaba region. Yet there is no consolidated political force that has emerged to take up their issues. The Bahujan Samaj Party has failed to gain a foothold in the state, mainly...

Commentary

The Bharatiya Janata Party has calculatingly couched their anti-minority slanted race myth in the idea of nationalism, and combined it with a protest against fossilised institutions and political norms. This has helped produce a potent illusion...

Commentary

Two tributes to M S S Pandian - scholar, activist and EPW contributor - who passed away recently in New Delhi.

Commentary

How does one speak about a figure who has in equal measure been lionised, vilified, celebrated, denigrated, by all those whom he wished to influence, convert, contest, teach or quite simply annoy? How, except by admitting that he succeeded in...

Book Reviews

Caste in Contemporary India by Surinder Jodhka (New Delhi: Routledge), 2014; pp xvii + 252, Rs 695 (hardback).

Book Reviews

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Violence: Naxalites and Hindu Extremists in India by Chitralekha (London, New York, New Delhi: Routledge, Taylor and Francis), 2013; pp xxi + 326, Rs 795.

Book Reviews

Developments in the Gulf Region: Prospects and Challenges for India in the Next Two Decades edited by Rumel Dahiya (New Delhi: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and Pentagon Press), 2014; pp xxxi + 177, Rs 695.

Book Reviews

Gendered Commodity Chains: Seeing Women's Work and Households in Global Production edited by Wilma A Dunaway (California: Stanford University Press), 2013; pp 312, $29.95.

Perspectives

Recent developments in the University of Delhi suggest that, while there is no coherent national policy on higher education, Indian industry certainly does have a detailed operational blueprint. The university has been targeted for inclusion in...

Review of Urban Affairs / Review Issues

Based on an audit of public toilets in Hyderabad, this article argues that public-private partnership projects seem to have compounded the problems of inequitable spatial distribution and inefficient operation of toilets. They have also failed to...

Review of Urban Affairs / Review Issues

Multiple, overlapping logics of urbanisation are transforming Tamil Nadu's coast. Real estate, infrastructure, tourism, and urban beautification plans are putting unprecedented pressure on the coastal commons. Fisherfolk, whose everyday life...

Review of Urban Affairs / Review Issues

Bengaluru is encircled by a green belt, instituted as an urban growth boundary to contain sprawl, ensure equitable growth, and preserve lung spaces. Urban growth boundaries the world over are typically known to drive land prices higher in the...

Review of Urban Affairs / Review Issues

Many policy experts have pointed out that the lack of capacity in urban local bodies resulted in poor implementation of projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. This paper presents findings from case studies of two...

Review of Urban Affairs / Review Issues

Ratnagiri, a small town on the western coast of Maharashtra, is an important urban settlement in the Konkan region. This article examines the town's uneven spatial and economic development by focusing on the fishing and tourism sectors,...

Special Articles

This paper argues that microfinance in south Asia, like mainstream finance in North America and Europe, "has lost its moral compass". Microfinance institutions have increasingly focused on financial performance and have neglected their...

Special Articles

In 2009, the Government of India requested states to develop State Action Plans on Climate Change. Based on a detailed analysis of five state climate plans, this article finds that climate plans provide an important institutional platform to...

Special Articles

This paper is based on the results of establishing a comprehensive health-sector response to sexual violence. Eliminating existing forensic biases to rape and the neglect of healthcare needs of survivors, the model uses gender-sensitive protocol...

Notes

The Bharatiya Janata Party pulled off a win in Haryana despite never having had a significant support base in the state or projecting a specifi c leader as its chief ministerial candidate. Aided by infighting in the Congress and the ineptness of...

Postscript

A visit to London, home to Sherlock Holmes, Dr John H Watson and the world of detection created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, proved to be an unexpected, not quite elementary, privilege.

Postscript

Thanks to social media, home-based analysts in Pakistan can now serve as public intellectuals.

Postscript

The modernised commodification of yoga is a commercially exploitative affront to an ancient tradition.

Postscript

Some of the “remote corners” of the country, like Aizawl in Mizoram, seem to function as convenient dumping grounds for political rejects.

Web Exclusives

The reactions to the grand jury’s verdict in the Ferguson case has proved that the US government is incapable of understanding the growing resentment against racial divide and inequity in the country. A group of students from St Louis trace...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

Unnecessary and often excessive use of force by the government to silence legitimate protests of the adivasis and tribals affected by the Utkal Alumina project in Odisha, makes one wonder about the orientation of the state’s development...

Web Exclusives

If German is a foreign language to millions of Indians, so is Sanskrit and Hindi. An open letter to the Education Minister questions the policy to teach Sanskrit in schools and raises fundamental points on “local” language(s) and...