Corporate Capitalism in the Name of Social Security

The many schemes that have been announced in the name of social security are limited in scope and the quantum of security they prefer. The promotional schemes will also be linked to the market and will benefit the insurance companies. In the meanwhile, basic social security programmes are either ignored or provided limited funding

Farmers' Rights to Seeds

Issues in the Indian Law

While the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act 2001 is a progressive piece of legislation that recognises farmers' rights to seed, it demands payment of an annual maintenance fee by the farmers to protect the varieties which they have been cultivating and conserving for years, only because these varieties have been brought under legal protection through national legislation.

Editorials

The right questions are not being asked about the country's (aggressive) Indian Ocean strategy.

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

Villagers explain why they call the “new capital” areas of Andhra Pradesh “class” while older cities like Vijayawada and Guntur are “mass”. The second in a series of photo essays documenting change in the...

Web Exclusives

“India’s Daughter” reflects asymmetries of power and access, and of where and how discourses are generated and directed. Who represents whom, and how they do so, reflects many of these asymmetries and exposes many complicities....

Civil Liberties / Columns
Amnesty International's report on the killings by the PAC in and around Meerut in May is based substantially on Amnesty's own ...
Budget 2015–16 / Special Issues

In the Budget Speech the finance minister announced a phased reduction in the rate of corporate tax alongside a removal of exemptions. What is likely to be the differential impact on large and small companies, those reporting large profi ts and...

Budget 2015–16 / Special Issues

The first full-year budget of the National Democratic Alliance government announced a sharp focus on investment, growth and social security. In addition, Budget 2015-16 claims to have given a boost to cooperative federalism. The budget indeed...

Commentary

The deaths in Chhattisgarh during a state-sponsored family planning camp held in November 2014 show, yet again, that the lack of checklists and an ad hoc style of functioning can and does result in disaster. This article explains the need for...

Commentary

The daylight murder of Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka on 26 February reflects the culture of fear and intolerance that has built up in the country over the last few decades. As a result, the middle ground between the extremes has...

Roots / Specials

"The Muslims started it" and therefore the administration decides that it is going to wreak vengeance against the Muslims and ensure that they learn their lesson for good This is the "theme" of Meerut 1987.

Editorials

China needs to return to the original formula of the "four modernisations" propounded by Zhou Enlai.

Editorials

Whistle-blowers continue to be murdered even as a law for their protection awaits notification.

H T Parekh Finance Column

The rupee is one of the most undervalued currencies in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), if you were to take a basket of goods bought in India, the exchange rate that would make that basket equivalent in price in...

Commentary

Tapan Raychaudhuri was a scholar of deep erudition and a pioneer in exploring new paths and perspectives. A builder of institutions, he will be remembered by generations of students as an accessible teacher and supportive mentor.

Budget 2015–16 / Special Issues

Currently India is the largest consumer and importer of gold in the world. Monetising the gold within the country is, therefore, important for macroeconomic stability, and requires a credible scheme for valuing, storing, and tracking the metal....

Budget 2015–16 / Special Issues

Since it is neither feasible nor desirable to reduce central grants to the states equivalent to the increase in tax devolution, the award of the Fourteenth Finance Commission is certainly not revenue neutral for the union government. But the...

Book Reviews

Keynesian Reflections: Effective Demand, Money, Finance and Policies in the Crisis edited by Toshiaki Hirai, Maria Cristina Marcuzzo and Perry Mehrling, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2013; pp xxiv + 317, Rs 850.

Book Reviews

Handbook of Environmental Law by P B Sahasranaman, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012; pp xiii + 352, Rs 950.

Perspectives

Situating William Shakespeare within the study of brands, this article examines the process and results of Shakespeare-as-brand, which mediates the supply and demand of Shakespearean products whether about his life, his loves, his texts, his...

Special Articles

This paper examines the current policy debate around the reform of labour laws in India, which has been stimulated in part by the success of the "Gujarat model of economic development." Gujarat's deregulatory reforms have included changes to the...

Special Articles

An increasing number of new generation start-ups in the technology/knowledge-intensive industries have created something of an "euphoria" in major cities of India. This paper discusses the salient features of the start-up ecosystem that has...

Economic Notes

The new series of national accounts statistics raises the estimates of saving and investment, but it also reconfi rms the trend of a decline in domestic saving and capital formation in recent years. Analysing available data, this note attempts to...

Postscript

Children who aspire to become budding development economists would do well to imbibe some of these hints and pointers, whose soundness is matched only by the author’s zaniness.

Postscript

Migrant workers, who are often landless labourers, seek succour and refuge in night shelters mandated by the Supreme Court of India.

Postscript

The myth of India being a largely vegetarian country is shattered by the fact that across the country, the great majority of people consume meat and fish.

Web Exclusives

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government’s emphasis on Indianising, nationalising and spiritualising education calls for examining the role of teachers as imagined by the Hindu right. 

Glimpses from the Past / Web Exclusives

The last few weeks have witnessed a ban on the slaughter and possession of bulls, bullocks and calves, in addition to cows, in Maharashtra and then in Haryana. The BJP, in power in both these states as well as the centre, has argued that they...