Volte-face on Food Security

A "high-level" committee makes half-baked recommendations which will rollback the PDS.

No Transparency in Nuclear Deal

We need to know if the Modi government has given hidden assurances to the US administration.

Editorials

New Delhi should refrain from being part of Washington's plans to contain the rise of China.

Strategic Affairs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invested much political capital in his foreign policy initiatives. Behind the spectacle of the pomp and show, the real test of foreign policy and strategy lies in coherence of design, finesse in execution, and...

Commentary

The violence against Pasmanda Muslims in Azizpur-Bahilwara in Muzaffarpur cannot be understood as an instance of conventional communal strife between Hindus and Muslims. This report from the ground indicates that different layers of caste,...

Commentary

While the chances of the Ebola virus entering India are low, Ebola and pandemic flu teach us to expect the unexpected and be prepared. New diseases are appearing in the world again and again. We live today in a "global village". Ebola-...

Commentary

The killing of over 70 adivasis in Assam by one faction of the Bodo militants is part of a pattern which has become normalised in Assam and its neighbouring states. This article places the present killings in the historical context of the rise of...

Commentary

Twenty-five years after the Consumer Protection Act was put in place as a uniquely beneficial social legislation offering "simple, speedy and inexpensive" redressal, all three characteristics seem to have disappeared. Amendments to the...

Commentary

The University Grants Commission does not seem to view higher education and research as having anything to do with the culture of intellectual activity. Rather it looks at research as a matter of regulation, monitoring and measurement of academic...

Commentary

This article highlights the educational conditions of marginalised communities in the context of the Right to Education Act in terms of educational status, opportunity and access to education. Further, a modest attempt is made to encapsulate the...

Book Reviews

Living between Juniper and Palm by Ben Campbell (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2013; pp 392, Rs 995 (Hardcover).

Book Reviews

Environmental Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court: Litigation, Interpretation, Implementation by Geetanjoy Sahu (Orient BlackSwan, TISS), 2014; pp xviii + 323, price not indicated.

Book Reviews

How Does My Country Grow? Economic Advice through Storytelling by Brian Pinto (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2014; pp xx + 249, price not stated.

Perspectives

Natural Disasters are set to increase in the coming years. Climate change, coupled with a growth in population and insufficient enforcement of building codes in high-risk zones, has not only heightened India's vulnerability to the impact of...

Public Sector

The public sector's share in domestic output has stagnated since the late 1980s, its share in capital stock has fallen since 1990, and employment has contracted by 10% from the mid-1990s. Why has it fared so poorly even as its financial...

Public Sector

This paper examines the paradox of the diminishing institutional role of large central public sector enterprises despite rising profitability and investment as a result of their being efficient competitors in the new market environment. Under the...

Special Articles

Examining the sources of finance for Indian industry, this paper traces the transition from a state-owned and state-dictated financial sector to a regime of financial liberalisation. There are still a number of rough edges to this transition....

Special Articles

The means of personal transportation to which one has access constitute an important part of one's relationship with globalisation, limiting or enhancing the scope of activity and area of influence. We define economic classes in relation to...

Notes

The disappearance of young men without any trace in Kashmir over the last three decades of conflict is a reason for anguish and agitation in the region. For families and close relatives of the disappeared, the issue goes beyond the politics of...

Economic Notes

Revisiting an old debate about terms of trade of agriculture vis-à-vis other sectors in the Indian economy, it is argued that the ToT of agriculture has remained favourable for a large part of the post-liberalisation phase, with it being most...