Poison of Demographic Prejudice

India's demographic profile remains stable; it is only the fires of prejudice that are growing.

Unofficial Censors

New forms of resistance to suppression of free expression are needed.

Comment

Sri Lankan politics has a way to go before the democratic gains of the 2015 elections are consolidated.

Commentary

The 3 August meeting between Naga leaders and Government of India representatives is a step towards seeking a solution to the Naga issue. Those who are sceptical about the Framework Agreement that has been signed have obvious questions on their...

Commentary

When banks are struggling to reduce bad loans, Bandhan, with a recovery rate of more than 99.5% in microfi nance, has entered the banking industry. Will its microfinance experience help it meet the challenges of mainstream banking?

Commentary

Traditional fish workers and trawl operators in Kerala, long at loggerheads, have framed a code of responsible fishing practices. The article argues that this landmark agreement between two hitherto irreconcilable groups was borne out of a crisis...

Commentary

A lot of hype has been created around the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. But funding from sources such as the corporate social responsibility coffer is wholly inadequate. Moreover, reliance on public-private partnerships without strengthening the...

Commentary

The quality of existing teacher education institutions in India leaves a lot to be desired. An idea that has been expressed at various forums over the years is the desirability of placing teacher education programmes in multidisciplinary...

Book Reviews

Red and Green: Five Decades of the Indian Maoist Movement by Manoranjan Mohanty, Kolkata: Setu Prakashani, 2015; pp xviii + 512, Rs 950.

Book Reviews

Rethinc: What's Broke at Today's Corporations and How to Fix It by TT Ram Mohan, Gurgaon: Random House, 2015; pp xv + 296, Rs 499.

Perspectives

A heady cocktail of politics, business and crime emerges from the developments relating to one of India's biggest media conglomerates, the Chennai-based Sun group. The actions of different wings of the union government against Sun's...

Special Articles

The paper argues that at the time of independence Indian managing agencies, controlling most industrial firms and their associated enterprises, were in themselves embodiments of pre-industrial forms of capital accumulated through trading and...

Special Articles

Studies on total factor productivity growth in Indian manufacturing that apply the growth accounting methodology do not distinguish between domestically sourced and imported intermediate inputs, which could bias TFP estimates. Using Annual Survey...

Special Articles

This article compares the Maoist movements in Nepal and India, with a focus on their respective relationship to indigenous politics. The unprecedented rise of indigeneity and ethnicity in post-war Nepal was, in large part, a consequence of the...

Discussion

Responding to Tirthankar Roy's article "The Economic Legacies of Colonial Rule in India: Another Look" (EPW, 11 April 2015), which reinterprets the economic legacy of British rule in India, this article critically interrogates the...

Economic Notes

Pulses are an indispensable part of the Indian diet, but ever increasing prices are making them unaffordable for the poor. The persistent gap between demand and supply of pulses is only expected to widen if domestic production levels are not...

Postscript

A visit to the District Malaria Officer’s premises reveals that the National Malaria Control Programme could well be upset by urchins stealing larvae-eating fish to make pakoras.

Postscript

Nowhere does the habitual or characteristic mental attitude implied in the term “mindset” appear more debilitating than in the Indian outlook towards garbage.

Postscript

Through the nationalisation of tele-serials via dubbed big-budget Hindi productions, local narratives in Indian television have been essentially muted.

Postscript

Remembering the tensions, insecurities and fears of a past in Shillong rife with racial and cultural stereotypes stirs up contending and contentious memories.