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Confronting Gender Discrimination in Punjab

The 2011 Census revealed the welcome fact that both the child sex ratio and the overall sex ratio in Punjab had improved considerably over the previous census data. However, subsequent rounds of National Family Health Survey data show that gender bias against the girl child in terms of health coverage and nutrition is not only higher than in the developed states but also the poorer ones. The central and state governments need to take note of this aspect in policymaking.

Tracking Punjab

Aam Aadmi Party as Third Player in Punjab Politics

 Despite huge organisational and political blunders, the Aam Aadmi Party is still a substantial player in Punjab's electoral politics. It does not have the organisational network that the Akali Dal has nor a popular leader such as the Congress' Amarinder Singh. However, its emergence in the state has brought to the fore the issue of regional versus Delhi-centric control of party decisions and politics

Establishment Bias of the Nobel Peace Prize 2016

In crushing armed rebellions, when the situation reaches a point where the state cannot crush the movement and the movement also cannot overthrow the state, an objective situation arises for a possible peace deal. At such moments, if there is enlightened leadership on both sides, the military stalemate can provide the opportunity to seize the moment for a peace deal. The credit for seizing the opportune moment in Colombia to reach the peace accord belongs both to Juan Manuel Santos and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia leader Timochenko. This is where the Nobel Peace Prize needed to go further than merely awarding it to Santos.

Fabricated Claims

IMF's Autocritique of Neo-liberalism?

In a recent article published in Finance and Development, an International Monetary Fund magazine, three economists have critically evaluated the policies the IMF promotes. They acknowledge evidence that suggests that economic growth under neo-liberalism is difficult to sustain, that it leads to an increase in inequality, and that continuing inequality is harmful for sustainable (or continuing) growth.

Celebrate, But Cautiously

When representatives of 195 nations reach an accord aiming to save the planet earth—an accord they have been at for the past 18 years—it calls for celebration. It is a significant victory for environmental diplomacy and green campaigning. However, let us not be carried away.

Institutional Communalism in India

The fight against institutional communalism in India alerts us to a challenge bigger than merely inflicting electoral defeats on Hindu communal parties and organisations. Even if such parties are defeated electorally, institutional Hindu communalism remains pervasive in varying degrees in India's Constitution, judiciary, civil services, electoral and parliamentary institutions, security forces, prisons, academia, media, corporate business, and even non-governmental organisations, it will continue as a social, cultural and politico-economic force to disadvantage the lives of minority communities in India.

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