Lives of Others, and Deaths

Social and political approval for fake police encounter killings must end.

Democratise the University!

The use of police violence on demonstrating students undercuts the essence of the university.

Editorials

Government apathy imperils persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Commentary

The Indian Space Research Organisation's Mangalyaan mission is a remarkable success story. Over the last five decades of its existence, ISRO has notched up many successes and has played a key role in indigenous development of various...

Commentary

Scholars have, in recent works, sought to "depoliticise" the ethnic nationalities question in China and to reorient it around cultural and civic arguments. This has not been received too well by critics, including those favouring the...

Commentary

This article analyses the evolution of income inequality in India in the period 1922-99 using the World Top Incomes Database. Inequality decreased steadily in the planning period, driven by a fall in real incomes at the top of the distribution....

Commentary

Banning of books takes place in the name of reasonable restrictions on freedom of speech and expression. Though these laws are of colonial times, they have been upheld through constitutional provisions on the ground of preventing hate speech....

Commentary

Acute respiratory illness and diarrhoea cause high levels of child morbidity and mortality in Jammu and Kashmir, and high levels of insurgency and an unstable political environment have usually been identified as the two main causes for the poor...

Commentary

Using the framework of informal logical fallacies, this article looks at the link between prejudices and certain contemporary social debates involving women and gender, and analyses how the law accommodates these prejudices.

Book Reviews

Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits by Badri Narayan (New Delhi: Penguin Books), 2014; pp 263, Rs 499.

Book Reviews

Conflict and Reconciliation: The Politics of Ethnicity in Assam by Uddipana Goswami (Routledge India, 2013); pp 252, Rs 486.

Perspectives

An important feature of the very high rate of growth of higher education experienced in India, particularly since the beginning of the 1990s, is the alarming growth of private higher education. The size of the private sector is about twice that...

Special Articles

While the threat posed by Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code is evident following the pulping of The Hindus, there is a need to understand the relation of these sections with republican democracy. This article explores three themes....

Special Articles

The "special category" status accorded to certain states in the Indian Union allowed for much higher per capita central assistance compared to other states to flow unto these states enabling some of them to march ahead and prompting...

Notes

Since the early 2000s, India's manufacturing sector has been showing signs of "hollowing-out" - domestic value addition in total output has been steadily declining, both in the aggregate manufacturing as well as disaggregated manufacturing...

Economic Notes

Analysing trends in bank deposits between 2008 and 2012, this note argues that bank depositors by and large seemed to prefer to move their money to nationalised banks. Just like any investor, depositors responded to the crisis by moving their...

Postscript

As its greatest neighbour and the next world leader in waiting, India needs to treat China with a nuanced approach that takes advantage of diplomatic openings.

Postscript

In sports, politics or public life, what separates ultra-hyper patriotism from sheer xenophobia is often a razor’s edge.

Postscript

From the point of view of inclusive democracy and ecology, the issue of animal protection cannot be simplified into a human versus animal dichotomy.