Saving Sharmila

The response to Irom Sharmila's fast should be negotiation, not force-feeding.

Jawaharlal Nehru and the Capitalist Class, 1936

Bipan Chandra's contribution to the understanding of modern India and communalism has engaged generations of scholars. We, at EPW, present this special article that he wrote in the August 1975 issue, on Jawaharlal Nehru and his "Marxist" position. 


The victims of the anti-Christian Kandhamal riots still await justice and rehabilitation.


The Government of Telangana has set a dangerous precedent in the manner it has conducted a universal household survey.

Margin Speak

Are the many incidents of what seems like the mischievous political behaviour by representatives of the Sangh Parivar mere monkey tricks or do they point to the suicidal instincts of the Bharatiya Janata Party?


The prime minister's mission on financial inclusion for all by 2018 is not a new programme, there have been variants initiated by the Reserve Bank of India and there was another proposal of the Ministry of Finance as well. The new programme as it...


An assessment of the new law introduced to appoint judges argues that it will make the judiciary subservient to the executive and thus throws a fundamental challenge to the Constitution and Indian democracy. The long-pending demands for...


Assam has witnessed a tectonic shift in its electoral politics in the parliamentary elections with the Bharatiya Janata Party emerging as the strongest party, stitching together a support base which encompasses different social groups. This...


In order to assess the legal validity of the Crimean declaration of independence from Ukraine, one should delve into intricacies of secession and the right to self-etermination under international law. The right to self-determination was...


Universalising health coverage is the current goal of the health service system in India. Tax-funded insurance for poor families is the method chosen for attaining this objective. The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana was rolled out in 2008 for...


For India to improve the existing government health system is far less complex than expanding health insurance. International experience shows the diffi culties of regulating an insurance-based system to keep costs down and assure quality.


The process of living as a child has changed in post-Independence India as have the challenges faced by children. Exploring alternative facets and formulations of children's rights though has yet to find space in policy discourse. Use of the...

Book Reviews

Sahara: The Untold Story by Tamal Bandyopadhyay (Jaico Publishing House), 2014; pp 374+xvii, Rs 450.

Book Reviews

Wealth and Illfare: An Expedition into Real Life Economics by C T Kurian (Bangalore: Books for Change and International Publishing House), 2012; pp 253, Rs 390.

Book Reviews

Taking Sides: Reservation Quotas and Minority Rights in India by Rudolph C Heredia (New Delhi: Penguin), 2012; pp 383, Rs 499.


Battery rickshaws have become a common sight on the streets of New Delhi in the past few years. They play an important role in the urban transport system and are a signifi cant provider of employment. However, despite their proliferation, they...

Special Articles

This essay reconstructs Narendra Modi's path to power. The story of the Bharatiya Janata Party's rise is explained in terms of its ability to gain the support of the "provincial propertied classes" in certain states, mainly in northern and...

Special Articles

Any discussion on universal health coverage in India is premature without a comprehensive understanding of public financing of health coverage in the country. This article analyses the government's share of financial resources for health across...

Special Articles

Along the non-optimal sustainable developmental paths of the economy, the choice between benefitbased or cost-based accounting prices for measuring wealth assumes importance from the point of empirical feasibility and tractability. In the context...


Are the purchasing power parities estimated by the International Comparison Program all that meaningful for large countries such as India and China? The article provides empirical evidence from India that suggests that the ICP practice of...


This rejoinder to S S Jodhka, "Emergent Ruralities: Revisiting Village Life and Agrarian Change in Haryana" (EPW, Review of Rural Affairs, 28 June 2014) points out that the proposition regarding "increased vulnerabilities",...

Web Exclusives

The body that is to replace the Planning Commission must build on the strengths of the existing one even as it addresses the many existing deficiencies.

Glimpses from the Past / Web Exclusives

Bernard Cohn's work on the historical and anthropological making of the British colonial state in India was published in EPW in 1961. In this article he argues that the distribution of family types in India were due to a combination of...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

In a bid to break the wheat-paddy cropping cycle and promote crop diversity in Punjab, the state government is trying to encourage the cultivation of maize, which relatively consumes less water. This might help contain the steady decline in the...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

Communal elements have managed to polarise the Meos and the Hindus over a road accident, leading to yet another riot-like situation. This divisive politics needs to be nipped in the bud as political parties will milk this to their electoral...