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146 years after being branded as 'born criminals' by the British Raj, denotified tribes continue to face severe discrimination

Why Merge Public Sector Banks?

As the Union Cabinet pushes for public sector bank (PSB) mergers based on the assumption that efficiency will improve through economies of scale and scope, through our archives, we look at whether this is actually the case.

Making Pulses Affordable Again

The government has curbed pulse imports to shore up prices to levels above minimum support prices; this has had some success. But such a decision is only sustainable if domestic production is increased to meet demand in the long run, reducing India’s dependence on imports. In the past, pulse price rise was due to shortages and inadequate or delayed imports. Since, we do not produce enough for our domestic consumption as of now, we require imports to cover the shortfall. Two articles look into policy measures necessary to increase domestic production of pulses, which is the only sustainable...

On Privacy

On 24 August 2017, a nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution. Bhairav Acharya ’s article (2015) briefly visited the several theoretical conceptions of privacy, some with rich philosophical and juridical histories, before reviewing four contemporary elements of privacy in India that are influencing the evolution of privacy law. AG Noorani 's article (2005) discusses how the Supreme Court, in two...

Triple Talaq Verdict

Two articles that were published by the Economic and Political Weekly in 2016 ask pertinent questions about the rights of Muslim women.

Politics of Language and Identity

As language debates about the imposition of Hindi rage in Karnataka, we look into the EPW Archives to shed light on the politics of language in India. Hany Babu M T ’s special article (2017) discusses how the Constitution only pays lip service to the linguistic plurality of India and has created a hierarchy of languages — with Sanskrit, Hindi, and the scheduled and the non-scheduled languages occupying various rungs of the ladder. Vasudha Dalmia ’s review (2003) of Alok Rai’s “Hindi Nationalism,” addresses complex issues like: "What was/is Hindi?" and "Where/when was Hindi?" Janaki Nair ’s...

Age of Consent and Marital Rape

On 9 August 2017, the Supreme Court of India clarified that intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, who is not below the age of 15 years, is not marital rape. Three articles from the EPW Archives look into some of these issues.

On the Practice of Science

We look at three papers from the EPW Archives that pose questions about the practice of science, philosophy of science, and how the category of science has been used in India. For the 51st Anniversary, we are taking these articles out of paywall.
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