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Where Is the Husband?

Despite global efforts towards creating awareness and involving men in maternal and reproductive health of women, their participation remains low, particularly among the tribal population.

Student Elections in Mumbai

The announcement of the revival of student elections in the University of Mumbai has generated interest. However, the ground reality indicates that the future discourse of the university itself depends on the efforts taken by the upcoming student representatives. It is essential that they hit the ground running.

Stagnant Employment Growth

Employment growth in India slowed down drastically during the period 2012 to 2016, after a marginal improvement between March 2010 and March 2012, according to the latest available employment data collected by the Labour Bureau. There was an absolute decline in employment during the period 2013–14 to 2015–16, perhaps happening for the first time in independent India. The construction, manufacturing and information technology/business process outsourcing sectors fared the worst over this period.

Small Businesses in the GST Regime

Reforms must bring simplicity and not disruption. Goods and services tax was an opportunity for India to reform its cobweb like indirect taxation structure and reboot the system afresh. Unfortunately, the ground realities suggest otherwise. The way GST has been introduced is too onerous for small businesses. This may further thwart their growth.

Commercial Courts

The 2015 enactment to streamline commercial cases under a specialised court has received mixed comments from the judiciary and practitioners. The salient provisions of the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act, 2015 and the reasons for its cold welcome by the legal fraternity are analysed.

A Lawyer’s Account of the ‘Death of Sanskrit’ Thesis

The battle around the “Death of Sanskrit” thesis has found cultural anthropologists and technologues in opposite camps. So long as the battle is political, it calls for a plurality of opinion from all disciplines and political affiliations. This comment presents a lawyer’s account and evaluation of the death of Sanskrit.

Right to Privacy and RTI Act

Against the backdrop of Justice K S Puttaswamy (Retd) and Anr v Union of India and Ors in which the nine judges declared unanimously that the state cannot abuse its power to search, tap phones and knock the doors at midnight without any legally prescribed reasonable procedure and justification, this article argues that the state has to put machinery and authority in place to secure the right to privacy.

India Turning Many Tables for Indus Waters Treaty

The Indus Waters Treaty, 1960 is the first and only existing model of conciliation between India and Pakistan since the partition in 1947. All the past and current attempts of the Government of India to annul the treaty under different justifications reveal the short-sightedness of the Indian leadership.

Cries for Protectionism

Start-up business models are largely unsustainable without raising additional funds from investors. The staged and performance-based nature of finance available to start-ups creates a valuable strategic opportunity for their competitors. A prudent strategic response is to pursue innovations that complement local realities instead of clamouring for government intervention.

Reimagining Development Banks

The RBI’s “Discussion Paper on Wholesale and Long-term Finance Banks” is a welcome initiative for its familial resemblance to development banks—an indispensable institution in most late-industrialising economies. The success of development banks critically hinges on: (i) access to assured sources of low-cost, long-term funds; (ii) public ownership and/or management; and (iii) the quality of institutional governance. As development banks invariably incur quasi-fiscal costs with potential social benefits, their operations often are kept off-budget, insulating the investments from short-term budgetary negotiations.

Deras as ‘Little Fiefdoms’

The phenomenon of deras draws from the region’s social history and porosity of religious boundaries, where much of its reconfiguration and reconstitution has happened at the intersection of caste and religion.

Tyranny of MGNREGA’s Monitoring System

The management information system of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 was hailed as a pioneering tool for enhancing transparency and accountability. However, it is now being used with impunity to centralise the programme and violate workers’ legal entitlements, causing frequent disruptions on the ground and opening new avenues for corruption in the programme.

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