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Gorakhpur Tragedy

Inequality and Exclusion: As If the System Mattered

The study of exclusion in social terms by itself is inadequate. Any attempt to understand and explicate exclusion either historically or contemporarily has to pay attention to interdisciplinary approaches. This note emphasises that the approach should be via understanding the operation of economic forces in particular and interdisciplinarity in general.

Vive la Civil Society

Neera Chandhoke compares Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement to the right to information movement of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan. The comparison is not apt as both to a large extent are not exclusive but are complementary to each other. In a broader sense, a specifi c event/ activity such...

State, Civil Society and the Eradication of Child Labour in Karnataka

The combined effort of the Karnataka state government and civil society to eradicate child labour in the state is an interesting phenomenon. After a Herculean effort to rescue and rehabilitate child labourers, both the above actors attempt to "mainstream" them, i e, admit them to regular government schools. The "mainstreaming" becomes the ultimate goal of the entire attempt to eradicate child labour. This is often of limited impact and of uncertain outcome.

Social Sciences

Wth reference to Alex George’s letter (‘Andhra Dumps Humanities’, June 28) I would like to refer to a few other factors which have led to the decline of social sciences in Andhra Pradesh and note that this requires wider discussion among the social science fraternity in the state and elsewhere. The...

Why Telengana? Why Now?

Why Telengana? Why Now? V ANIL KUMAR Andhra Pradesh is now a divided state. The movement for a separate state of Telengana is fast gaining momentum. The reasons for this are economic and political as well as social and cultural. In their recent writings on Telengana, both C H Hanumantha Rao (The Hindu, January 8, 2007) and M Kodanda Ram (EPW, January 13, 2007) have explicated the economic, and to some extent, political reasons for the movement for separate Telengana. I want to argue here that the reasons are as much social and cultural as they are economic and political. Both the above writers argued that there is certain

Inter-Disciplinary Explorations

evicted as a result of increased land values occurring due to slum improvement? Based on field data from a low income locality in Madras, viz, Chintadripet, the scholar observes that the households in the landlord category, due to their longer duration of stay in the city, larger number of earning members, etc, enjoy a higher level of per capita income. He argues that the poor tenants do not have much possibility of subsequently becoming house owners. On the other hand, they axe the first to be evicted from the central city as a result of slum improvement schemes pushing up the land values.

Industrialisation of Kerala

At the annual conference of the Indian Economic Association in Trivandrum in December 1989, one session was devoted exclusively to discussion of problems of Kerala's industrialisation. Apart from the general approach to and requirements of industrialisation of the state, the discussion touched on the complex labour relations situation and the linkage between the prevailing construction boom and industrial growth.
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