Saving the Employees' State Insurance Scheme

The central government seems to be moving towards dismantling the most important social health insurance programme for the organised sector working classes, the Employees' State Insurance Scheme. The government is extending health benefi ts to the unorganised sector through targeted and restricted schemes using the route of private health insurance, but all these efforts fail to have the intended impact and end up benefi ting the private hospitals and the insurance companies. Serious efforts must be made to iron out the design defect in the Employees' State Insurance Scheme and universalise it.

Mental Distress, Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment

The Bigger Questions

After the Germanwings pilot with psychological problems fl ew a plane-load of passengers into the French Alps, there has been a great deal of public discussion on mental illness, suicidal tendencies and treatment. This comment addresses two larger issues related to mental distress and illness--psychiatric labelling and the indiscriminate use of psychotropic medication. Though human thinking, emotions, and behaviour defy simplistic categorisation, the current trend is to medicalise personal, social, economic, and political problems while diminishing the role of a causal environment.

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues
Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

This paper is a classroom ethnography that engages with urban, middle-class narratives on feminism by young women. For them, their feminism is often precarious because it places possible heterosexual romance at risk by marking them as apparently...

Strategic Affairs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the political capital needed to push for a settlement of the boundary dispute with China. This could open up avenues to strengthen economic ties with China and also give India political space on multilateral...

Web Exclusives

Today, more than ever before, the balance in the game of cricket is skewed heavily in favour of batsmen. The immense popularity of one-day cricket and, more recently, the T20 format, where batsmen go all out to enthrall the crowds with their...

Editorials

It is not foreign funds but uncomfortable questions that the government fears.

Editorials

Can the CPI(M) meet the challenges of 21st century India?

Editorials

What does it say about the Government of India that it took an ad hoc decision on the Rafale?

Commentary

If a government’s policies are planned from a bird’s-eye view with insuffi cient knowledge of local conditions and livelihoods, they can go wrong. Civil society organisations on their part have the capability to act as a link between...

Commentary

Public health human resources is a crucial component of any public health system. The creation of a new public health cadre would result in better public health management and workers who are able to deal with changing public health priorities....

Commentary

The deferment of the launch of State Bank of India's Shariah Equity Fund in December 2014 is an indication of the level of opposition to Islamic fi nance. This article looks at various events related to Islamic banking in India and argues...

Commentary

The new chaotic variety of British politics makes it clear that no single party is going to win a majority in the 7 May elections. Who will come fi rst, and who they may be able to form a government with is uncertain. None of this is helped by...

Book Review

Financial and Fiscal Policies: Crises and New Realities by Y V Reddy, Narayan Valluri and Partha Ray; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014; pp xviii and 344, Rs 995.

Book Review

India's Muslim Spring: Why Is Nobody Talking About It? by Hasan Suroor; New Delhi: Rupa Publications, 2014; pp 200, Rs 395.

Book Review

Subaltern Lives: Biographies of Colonialism in the Indian Ocean World, 1790-1920 by Clare Anderson; Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2012; pp xii + 210, Rs 995.

Book Review

The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan by Maya Tudor; Cambridge University Press, 2013; pp 254, price not indicated.

Perspectives

Feminism requires us to recognise that "women" is neither a stable nor a homogeneous category. Does intersectionality as a universal framework help us to capture this complexity? This paper argues that it does not. It addresses this...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

This paper attempts to think through an impasse in the field of feminist scholarship and activism in India, one that has been perceived and analysed by many feminist scholars in the last few years. This seeming impasse pertains to the "caste...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

This paper proposes that sex work and feminism have been knotted and kept apart in much of Anglophone feminism in part due to historical and historiographic reasons. This conundrum casts a long shadow on former cold war territories like Taiwan,...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

Does social media enable forming networks of solidarity between different marginalised groups? Is there a space for non-normative discourses such as the discourse on pleasure? Does digital technology aid in the construction of feminist counter-...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

The year 2012 witnessed a new wave of feminism in mainland China with feminist performance art in the street and feminist online activism. Through examining three significant online activities in China since 2012, this paper explores how...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

The selfie, which has become a default aesthetic of self-representation, is either mocked at as a fad, or considered as a digital photograph. This paper looks at the phenomenon of "selfie-shaming" to see how either of these approaches...

Special Article

This paper contributes to the debate on the Draft National Health Policy 2015 by analysing and critiquing some of its key recommendations within the prevailing social, economic, and political context of the country. This policy seems to suggest...

Special Article

This paper investigates system-wide macro stress testing for credit risk. This paper uses two multivariate regressions, namely, ordinary least square and quantile regression to establish a stochastic relationship between credit quality indicators...

Special Article

Social science textbooks are not and cannot be objective or unbiased. What is included and what is excluded in a textbook indicates the ideology and the aims of the textbooks, whether the aims are stated or unstated. The questions are: Which...

Notes

This article discusses some important issues involved in the estimation of state income originating in the registered manufacturing sector with illustrations drawn from Gujarat. It critically discusses the present practices in preparing quick...

Discussion

In “The Interest Rate Affair,” Sugata Marjit (EPW, 4 April 2015) points out the deficiency of one particular mainstream macro­economic viewpoint. Marjit’s counterpoint, which we are in broad agreement with, is that a lower...