Social Sector Spending in 2015-16

The states now have an opportunity to set their own priorities in the social sector.

Maharashtra’s Marathi Multiplex Story

Is the Gesture Simply Tokenistic?

The recent diktat of the Maharashtra state government about showcasing Marathi cinema at multiplexes during prime time has met with both criticism and support. This decision, although necessary, is no more than a tokenistic gesture to preserve regional culture and is governed by the rules of consumerism

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

Several problems threaten India’s first airport city at Andal in West Bengal—land acquisition being the least of them. Dependence on coal and mining industries as well as overestimated passenger traffic are the main bumbling blocks...

Commentary

Direct benefi t transfers in the form of cash cannot replace the supply of food through the public distribution system. Though it is claimed otherwise, DBT does not address the problems of identifying the poor ("targeting") and DBT in...

Commentary

The Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill is the latest effort at the devolution of authoritarianism. This article discusses four draconian provisions, which seem like a throwback to the days of the Terrorist and Disruptive...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

If the decisions arrived at the Swaraj Samvad are carried out effectively, Arvind Kejriwal may face one or both of these prospects in the coming months—A vast number of AAP members constantly agitating for swaraj from within, or en masse...

Editorials

Child labour laws must be based on the right of all children to a childhood.

Editorials

A crucial committee fi nds no "Indian evidence" that tobacco consumption leads to cancer.

Commentary

The framework agreement that Iran has signed with the members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany opens the door to ending the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear programme. But there are many obstacles standing in the way of a...

Commentary

Despite some steps in the right direction, the new policy has several limitations. This article makes a case for looking at them anew.

Commentary

Nehru makes a conscious effort to fuse India's cultural past and modern democracy. The loosely imagined idea of India's heterogeneous past is also the basis of Nehru's idea of a national identity. Nehru's self-representation as...

Commentary

An increase in indebtedness in agriculture between 2003 and 2013 does not necessarily mean a growth in debt that has debilitated the cultivator. Higher indebtedness may also refl ect a more enabling process--the increased availability of...

Commentary

A brief history of why Article 370 of the Constitution was framed in a certain manner and the importance of the text of the Article from the viewpoint of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Book Reviews

A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States by Gyanendra Pandey, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013; pp 244, Rs 595.

Book Reviews

Modes of Engagement: Muslim Minorities in Asia edited by Rafiq Dossani, The Walter H Shorenstein, Stanford, Asia-Pacific Research Centre, 2014; pp xxii + 200, $24.95.

Book Reviews

Contemporary India and South Africa: Legacies, Identities and Dilemmas edited by Sujata Patel and Tina Uys, New Delhi and UK, Routledge, 2012; pp x+ 318, Rs 795.

South Africa and India: Shaping the Global South edited by Isabel Hofmeyer...

Book Reviews

Abortion in Asia: Local Dilemmas, Global Politics edited by Andrea Whittaker, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2013; pp xii + 253, Rs 895.

Perspectives

Nehru may not have succeeded in achieving all that he set out to do, but his contributions have been foundational in building India as a secular, democratic republic which would have a socialistic "common sense." Today the Nehruvian...

Perspectives

There is surprisingly little work by historians on Jawaharlal Nehru's relations with India's labour movements. This historical survey of his positions, actions and relations vis-à-vis working class politics identifies a clear break...

Special Articles

Trading in environmental commodities like various forms of "offsets" has started with its questionable premise that any loss or damage to environment at a particular space-time can be offset by a supposedly pro-environmental action in another...

Special Articles

The politics of recognition has dual effects while empowering marginal communities during democratic participation in India. On the one hand, identity politics provides democratic empowerment to a few communities or specific sections of...

Special Articles

In 1800 and 1801 Francis Buchanan conducted one of the first agricultural surveys in the erstwhile Mysore state and its adjoining regions. By subjecting data contained in his survey to rigorous analytical study, estimates of agricultural...

Notes

This article traces the trajectory of agrarian relations in terms of class and caste in Andhra Pradesh from 1956 to 2014. The analysis shows that land remained in the control of upper castes in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, in Telangana...

Notes

Focusing on female migrant domestic workers from Jharkhand, this article looks at their lives before and after migration. Jharkhand witnesses heavy migration and mobility to cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, especially female migration....

Discussion

The Central Statistics Office argues that the doubts expressed about the fi nal estimates of the output of the non-financial corporate sector are misplaced. A rejoinder to "Seeds of Doubt on New GDP Numbers: Private Corporate Sector...

Postscript

Recent incidents in the United States raise fears of a renewed bigotry and discrimination that could increasingly fuel racial and cultural hatred.

Postscript

The courage and tenacity of Bhagat Singh was invoked in a meeting at Meja in Uttar Pradesh when villagers gathered to discuss resistance to superthermal power plants.

Postscript

In many countries, especially in India, menstruation is a subject of taboo and stigma, which feeds the ego and pride of a misogynist society that objectifies and sexualises women.