Half-hearted Embrace

The centre is less than enthusiastic about the Fourteenth Finance Commission's landmark report.

Is Sarva Dharma Samabhava Back?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's is a neo-Vedantic Hindu interpretation of Indian secularism.

Editorials

We are killing our urban residents through the air they breathe.

Strategic Affairs

For two centuries and more the Anglo-Saxon world has convinced India that its interests are best catered to under their protective gaze. Will India be able to break out of this hegemony?

Commentary

India justifiably feels uneasy about what plans China may have for the Brahmaputra in Tibet. It needs to raise the issue whenever there is evidence of planned diversion. But given our vulnerability as a downstream nation it is clear that we need...

Commentary

Govind Pansare fought against the right-wing agenda to appropriate the syncretic political and cultural traditions of Maharashtra. This seemed to have earned him the ire of divisive forces and political opponents. 

Commentary

A false narrative about the civil war in Ukraine prevails in the West — that this is a war between Ukraine and Russia. This hostile positioning of Russia is in line with the need to heighten tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty...

Commentary

The National Sample Survey Office's survey of consumption expenditure is woefully inadequate for estimating the number of food-insecure households in India. Future surveys of NSSO need to collect information on the four pillars of food...

Commentary

The horror of contemporary terror attacks and warfare is the conjoining of vulnerability with helplessness. What contemporary horror achieves is the utter and complete annihilation of the structures that constitute the sustaining world of the...

Commentary

Since independence, India's national health policies have been aspirational but the end results have been limited. The National Health Policy 2015, which is in the process of being finalised, should, in place of the earlier "broadband...

Commentary

The draft national health policy suggests that public health services should be held accountable according to commercial principles, which would have a deleterious impact on public health.

Book Reviews

Dalits and Adivasis in India’s Business Economy: Three Essays and an Atlas by Barabara Harriss-White with Elisabetta Basile, Anita Dixit, Pinaki Joddar, Aseem Prakash, and Kaushal Vidyarthee, Gurgaon: Three Essays Collective, 2014; pp 189,...

Book Reviews

State, Civil Society and Right to Education by Jeebanlata Salam, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2013; pp xv+258, Rs 795.

Insight

The oil crash of 2014 is expected to have a moderate impact on the global economy with oil importers seeing a boost in growth. The long-term impacts on climate change are difficult to predict but it is very likely that these might even be...

Conflict, Transition And Development / Special Issues

These articles on the challenges of development in post-war or post-conflict societies offer an opportunity to engage critically with the issue from a viewpoint that embraces politically contextualised and non-paradigmatic approaches to war and...

Conflict, Transition And Development / Special Issues

The value of civil society lies in that it provides a space for alternative views, debate, and dissent. Yet, this paper points out, civil society in post-war Sri Lanka is captive to the forces of local and global politics. While this has resulted...

Conflict, Transition And Development / Special Issues

The policies of the Sri Lankan state since the late 1970s have seen a widening gap between its neo-liberal foundations and its attempts to claim popular legitimacy, and this structure of politics seems set to persist. This paper argues that the...

Conflict, Transition And Development / Special Issues

In Nepal, a decade-long insurgency, led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) continued till 2006, claimed more than 13,000 lives, and displaced thousands of people. Arguing that Nepal has moved forward in reintegrating its former...

Conflict, Transition And Development / Special Issues

Secure and just land tenure, and sound management of land and natural resources are crucial to easing conflicts between farmers, the State, and extractive industries. This paper underlines that Myanmar cannot hope to achieve inclusive social and...

Conflict, Transition And Development / Special Issues

Development projects in the North East are packaged as economic interventions to improve the lives of people, but are detached from militarised ground realities. These initiatives to rebuild post-conflict societies mainly focus on training...

Conflict, Transition And Development / Special Issues

Afghanistan's hope that market-driven agriculture will ensure its economic transformation demonstrates a wilful disregard of the links between the economic and political marketplaces in the country, and the pervasive rent-seeking practices of...

Special Articles

This paper analyses crime against women and children in Delhi based on two data sources, the National Crime Records Bureau and an empirical data set of the Perceptions Survey of the Delhi Human Development Report, 2013. Using the NCRB data, the...

Special Articles

This study analyses the impact of keeping crude petroleum, natural gas, motor spirit (gasoline/petrol), high-speed diesel (diesel), aviation turbine fuel and electricity out of the value-added tax scheme. Specifically, the paper finds that...

Economic Notes

An analysis of the new 2011-12 series of National Accounts Statistics to understand the trends of GDP growth and the sector-wise break-up. Data up to the advance estimates for 2014-15 are explored. The service sector continues to lead growth,...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

The Aam Aadmi Party’s campaigning style, particularly in the run-up to the 2015 Delhi elections, has been drawn largely from the Left's cultural organisations. Yet its electoral success and popularity in Delhi has far outreached and...

Web Exclusives

Kanu Bhavsar, one of the leaders of the Navnirman movement against the corrupt Congress regime in Gujarat in the 1970s, passed away in Delhi on 3 February 2015. Although Bhavsar did not publish a book, set up an institution or make a political...

Web Exclusives

The World Social Forum 2015 being held in Tunis may not present a welcome prospect for those who await the immediate consolidation of an alter-globalisation agenda. However it does suggest that the process of resistance may yet be as important as...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

The workers’ agitation in the Gurgaon Manesar belt demanding better wages and working conditions questions the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s “Make in India” promises. 

Editorials

The political battle over what we can eat is a challenge to established politics across the spectrum.