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Problematic Uses and Practices of Farm Ponds in Maharashtra

Although the construction of farm ponds is portrayed as a miracle strategy by the state and central government as well as popular media, the manner of its implementation and practice in arid and semi-arid regions of Maharashtra is a cause for worry. Farmers extract a huge amount of groundwater to store in large-sized farm ponds. The need of the hour is to appropriately regulate farm pond practices in the state.

Question of ‘Honour’

Instead of penny-pinching over the “One Rank, One Pension” scheme, the government ought to save precious resources by withdrawing the army from “internal security duty” and pursuing diplomacy and a political resolution of the Kashmir dispute. But tragically, it has chosen to keep both its soldiers and the areas where they operate (within the country) “disturbed,” and then dishonour the soldiers by being miserly and close-fisted over the OROP scheme.

Travails of the Punjab

Punjab has through the last 50 years gained as well as lost out in many ways, but not on its own terms. Perhaps the average Punjabi is justified in being disgruntled with the way the government has failed to address the state’s long-standing problems.

The Predicament of Humour in a Metropolis

This article takes off from the screening of episodic sequences from Charlie Chaplin’s classic film Modern Times on screens installed in railway trains in Mumbai. It contextualises the world of factory work depicted in Modern Times vis-à-vis the post-industrial status of work in Mumbai, and evaluates this juxtaposition from the lens of competing theories propounded in the philosophy of humour. The interjection of the film in the public sphere introduces an element of ridicule in public culture, an emotion that is in dire need of assessment and redress.

Theory and Practice of International Trade

Some insights into the prospects of the Indian garment industry in terms of opportunities for a larger share of the world export trade and whether it would create many more jobs.

Tenancy Reforms

There is no doubt that the agricultural land leasing laws in India need to be amended to make land leasing legal and easier. The Niti Aayog report (2016) proposes a formal model law on land leasing. Critically examining the logic for liberalisation of land leasing laws, the limitations of the model lease agreement are brought out. It is argued that the model law ignores the diversity and dynamics of leasing arrangements in India and the socio-economic implications of the realities of tenancy practices.

Sectarian Appeals in Elections

The Supreme Court’s judgment on sectarian appeals during election campaigns interprets the Representation of the People Act, 1951 correctly and to its intended effect. The dissenting judgment conflated the substance of the appeal with the identity of the person who is making it, and did not address the scope of the case. The majority judgment’s regulation of election speech is not only necessary to ensure free and fair elections and uphold the secular ethos of the Constitution, but it is also needed to fulfil the constitutional goal of fraternity.

Where Does India Stand on the Right to Self-determination?

Demands for right to self-determination leading to secession cannot be prohibited and criminalised in India as the Supreme Court considers acquisition and cession of territory as a sovereign right outside the Constitution.

Gurdial Singh, Voice ofthe Voiceless

In novel after novel, Gurdial Singh (1933–2016) created sensitive and memorable vignettes of how multiple forms of oppression worked through our social structures, often crippling those who remain trapped within. He won the Jnanpith award for Parsa, the second Punjabi after Amrita Pritam to win the prestigious award. Singh’s work is arguably among the best of world literature.

The ‘Dependent’ Indian Women in the US

What about the dependent Indian women on H4 visa who accompany the H1B visa holders to the United States? The H4 visa has disempowered the dependents in many ways—kept them outside the labour market, with their legal and financial status tied to that of their spouses’ immigration status.

Why It Was Important to Win the Silicosis Case in Supreme Court

In a country where the occupational health of unorganised workers goes completely unnoticed, the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Silicosis case strengthens the long struggle of migrant workers in Madhya Pradesh holding the state accountable for life-threatening work conditions. 

 

In the Name of God

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been condemned and criticised but they remain unchanged and are used to incarcerate and even kill those accused. Many of the complaints are based on made-up evidence and the real causes are personal vendetta or gains. The case of Asia Bibi, a mother who has been on death row for six years, is a classic illustration.

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