Cleaning the Ganga River

What Needs To Be Done Differently

The central government has made cleaning of River Ganga one of its foremost priorities. A former administrator involved with the Ganga Action Plan suggests that a bottoms-up approach of involving local communities and stakeholders in the regeneration of the river would be the only possible way in which the new initiative will avoid the failures of the past.

Polyester Prince Revisited

The polyester wars of the mid-1980s that pitted one industry group against another are back with us. On the basis of an investigation begun by the United Progressive Alliance government, the National Democratic Alliance government has imposed an anti-dumping duty on purifi ed terephthalic acid, an important input for production of many polyester products. The user companies argue that there is no evidence of dumping of imports and allege that the duty has been imposed to benefit domestic producers of PTA, of which there are only three and of whom the public sector producer has not complained of dumping.

Web Exclusives

The outcome of the Scottish referendum vote on 18 September notwithstanding, the major legacy of the vote would be the transparent and democratic nature of the process leading to the vote. 

Glimpses from the Past / Web Exclusives

FROM THE LONDON END

Regional Feelings Prevail

In a remarkable analogy to recent trends in India, this week's “mini election” in Britain has shown...

Commentary

After the 1990s, communal incidents in India have spread to rural areas, and they occur on a smaller scale, but with much larger frequency. In this strategy, the making of a communal consciousness requires a string of communal moments that...

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

The violence that erupted in the Assam-Nagaland border a month back has been the fallout of poor governance by the respective state governments. Their complicity in the violence is linked to the interest of extremist elements who fuel insurgency...

Comment

Public broadcasting is ironically now shining the beacon on reasoned debate in the media.

Editorials

The devastation caused by the floods could have been avoided with better planning.

Editorials

Only a strict monitoring system can abolish the misery of India's under-trial prisoners.

After the Planning Commission / Special Issues

Now that the government has decided to abolish the Planning Commission and create a new body in its place, the question is what form and shape should the replacement take? Three articles discuss different aspects of the old and the likely new...

After the Planning Commission / Special Issues

The government must recognise that one source of China’s strategic economic growth is an institution with strategic planning capacities, the National Development and Reform Commission. The success of China with the NDRC tells us that fiscal...

After the Planning Commission / Special Issues

What needs to be done to give the plan process a new content and direction, and make the proposed National Development and Reform Commission an effective body?

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.

H T Parekh Finance Column

Managerial pay disparity between private sector and public sector banking in India is widening. Should the regulators address this by hiking public sector pay scales, or by curbing private sector pay? Drawing from international policy responses,...

Commentary

The speaker has decided to follow conventions rather than jurisprudence in her decision not to accord the "leader of opposition" status to the leader of the Congress legislative party in the Lok Sabha. Conventions cannot supersede the...

Commentary

Through a two-way process comprising text analysis of the policy framework of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme and analysis of empirical data collected through interaction with policy implementers, teachers, students, experts, etc, this...

Commentary

Analysing the political conditions inside Afghanistan, this article looks at the challenges before the new regime in Afghanistan. Further, it looks at the increasing infl uence of the Loya Jirga and analyses the strategic implications for India...

Commentary

A tribute to the American scholar Granville Austin who wrote two landmark books on the making and then working of the Constitution of India.

Book Reviews

Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire by Radhika Desai (New York: Pluto Press), 2013; pp xiv+ 313, £19.50 (PB).

Book Reviews

Knowing India: Colonial and Modern Constructions of the Past edited by Cynthia Talbot (New Delhi: Yoda Press), 2011; pp ix-409; Rs 595 (paperback).

Special Articles

In spite of the fact that at one point of time it was believed that globalisation would lead to a process of cultural homogenisation and reduction of difference, the local has actually resurfaced more strongly in the present. The perceived threat...

Special Articles

The early 1960s witnessed attempts at constrictive reinterpretation of the role and purpose of education in terms of ideological premises, concepts and methodology of neoclassical economics, with "economics of education" being founded....

Special Articles

This paper examines the assumptions underlying educational incentive schemes with the help of data collected on the status and implementation of three such schemes for minority communities in Maharashtra. Though the lacunae in the design and...

Notes

The recognition of two important concepts in science, namely, the assimilative capacity of nature (resilience) and the entropy law of thermodynamics enables the formulation of an alternative framework for factor utilisation in economics. This...

Glimpses from the Past / Web Exclusives

The discussion on "intermediate regimes" was carried out in the pages of the EPW through the mid 70s. We present one of the earliest essays on "intermediate regimes" by K N Raj for our readers. 

 

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

Kashmir’s rich historical traditions, replete with stories and folklore drawn from a multilingual tradition of historical composition in Sanskrit, Persian, and Kashmiri, get glossed over when its past is neatly divided into Hindu and Muslim...