On a Wild Goose Chase for Black Money in Switzerland

The noisy call to "bring back black money" from Swiss bank accounts of Indians ignores the larger and growing deployment of illegal wealth in financial centres like Dubai. It is also overlooked that such money is rarely kept in the bank accounts of individuals but is held by trusts which make investments and whose beneficial owners are hidden from public gaze. Is this a serious effort to end tax evasion and capital flight or is it a public drama in which everyone knows no one is serious?

The Ferguson Verdict

Tracing the Movement Against Racism

The reactions to the grand jury’s verdict in the Ferguson case has proved that the US government is incapable of understanding the growing resentment against racial divide and inequity in the country. A group of students from St Louis trace the events from days before the trial to the mood after the verdict. 

Editorials

The Machil case will make little difference unless AFSPA is withdrawn.

Editorials

The public distribution system is out of scrutiny, but this is no clear “victory”.

Editorials

The debate for and against legalisation of sex work must get more attention.

Commentary

The National Democratic Alliance government has constituted the IPR Think Tank which, among other things, is to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy. India may not have a policy per se but it has a strong legislation on IPRs, a...

Commentary

While the Communist Party of India and the CPI (Marxist) follow a strategy based solely on the category of a "war of position", the CPI (Maoist) is trying to implement a strategy based entirely on a "war of manoeuvre". The...

Commentary

Domestic violence against dalit women has not caught the attention of social science researchers. The National Family Health Survey 2006 showed that the prevalence of violence is much higher against women belonging to the scheduled castes and...

Commentary

Climate change vulnerability assessments as well as adaptation actions in India are on the rise. Ensuring efficiency and cost-effectiveness of these actions is essential to tackle the uncertainties and complexities. This article suggests ways to...

Commentary

In light of the focus on the manufacturing sector it is important to scrutinise the existing occupational health and safety provisions in Indian law and their implementation. This article argues that the current disregard for workers' health...

Book Reviews

Piracy in the Indian Film Industry: Copyright and Cultural Consonance edited by Arul George Scaria (New Delhi: Cambridge University Press), 2014; pp xiv + 324, Rs 795.

Book Reviews

Between Love and Freedom: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel by Nikhil Govind (New Delhi: Routledge), 2014; pp xvi+180, Rs 645.

Book Reviews

Transnational Organized Crime: Analyses of a Global Challenge to Democracy edited by Heinrich-Boll tiftung and Regine Schoenberg, 2013; Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, pp 308, price not indicated.

Perspectives

Nehruviannon-alignment is finished, South-South solidarity remains a dream, and anti-imperialism appears today as a quaint remnant of a past, even though imperialism is alive and kicking. In the process we have lost out on something that is...

Special Articles

In rural north India, there are thriving and exclusive all-male spaces in the villages which play an important role in constructing gender identities. These extend from the home to the public domain. Reserved and used almost exclusively by the...

Special Articles

This paper, based on NSS employment and unemployment data for various rounds since 1999-2000, highlights the trends and patterns of inclusion and exclusion in female employment across social groups. It provides evidence of increasing social...

Special Articles

This paper proposes an approach to periodically measure the extent of progress towards universal health coverage using a set of indicators that captures the essence of the factors to be considered in moving towards universalisation. It presents...

Notes

This brief note is a critique of (solely) the money-metric poverty identifi cation procedure recommended by the Rangarajan Committee on measurement of poverty. The contention in this note is that apart from some changes in matters of detail, the...

Notes

It is said that reduction in poverty has been the highest ever in India between 2004-05 and 2009-10. But evaluating the data across various population subgroups, it turns out that this reduction is not inclusive. It entirely excludes some groups...

Discussion

This response to Krishna Kumar's "Rurality, Modernity and Education" (EPW, 31 May 2014) attempts to make clear and re-thematise the double bind of modern education and pedagogy.