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Teacher Leaders in 21st-century Schools

As a society, there seems to be no clear consensus on the purpose of education, which has a multiplier effect with a growing number of private schools catering to a burgeoning middle class. This comes as a contrast to the Fabian socialist ideology according to which character-building was pivotal to education. And, for character-building to be a central tenet, the need for teachers to don the role of leaders has never been felt more.

Supreme Court’s Judgment Ignores Lived Reality of Married Women

This article was earlier published in the EPW website.Flavia Agnes ( flaviaagnes@gmail.com ) is a women’s rights lawyer and director of Majlis, which runs a rape victim support programme in Mumbai.

A ‘Safe’ Judgment

The triple talaq judgment of the Supreme Court is a partial victory for Muslim women since it declares instantaneous triple talaq as unlawful, but not unilateral triple talaq. Even in the case of the former, it does not declare instantaneous triple talaq as unconstitutional but only unlawful and that is a significant difference. Indian courts, even in respect of legislated laws, have not been very encouraging when it comes to personal laws being challenged on the grounds of discrimination and dignity of women.

Assam’s Sorrow

Assam, because of its geological position and as home to a large network of rivers, faces floods frequently. The people must be enabled to enhance their adaptability so that the flood-induced damage can be minimised. This article analyses the causes of flood and the intensity of damages, and also suggests policy options to be taken to control the damages.

The Empire, Its Law and the Bankruptcy of Anthropologists

Anthropologists in India are ill-equipped to engage in a fruitful dialogue with the government as regards the acquisition of land effected under the Land Acquisition Act of 1894, even after 70 years of independence. With land being one of the most vital life support systems of the poor populations, anthropologists should generate a solid database on the biocultural impacts of land acquisition. Ironically, the Anthropological Survey of India has not yet been able to produce scientific data on the biocultural impact of land takeover, particularly on food insecurity and its consequent impact on health and nutrition.

Education of Children and Civil Strife in Chhattisgarh

This field study from Bijapur district of Bastar division, Chhattisgarh, ascertains the current status of participation of children from different social groups in elementary education and explores the specific factors caused by civil strife, based on interviews with and observations of children, parents, educational administrators and government functionaries.

Yash Pal, a Path-breaker

Those who knew the groundbreaking scientist and eminent educationalist, Yash Pal will sorely miss him. He was loved not only for the work and ideas he could generate, but for the ideas and creativity he induced in others around him.

Impediments to the Spread of Crop Insurance in India

The Government of India aims to double the crop insurance coverage to 50% through the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana by 2018. By analysing the agricultural household data, this article comments on the feasibility of attaining this target by looking at the past performance of similar schemes. Few critical areas where efforts need to be concentrated in order to increase coverage are discussed.

First Define ‘Privacy’

The problem with the nine-judge ruling is that after proclaiming privacy as a fundamental right, it has not defined what privacy is. It is now left to all adjudicators to give multiple interpretations in order to understand the term.

Sports for Cleaner Rivers

Rivers of developing world are subjected to tremendous amounts of water pollutants, mainly due to economic reasons such as the race to produce cheaper goods, paucity of funds, toothless environmental regulations, and deep-rooted corruption. Using a river-based sport, if a multi-nation rowing league is created, the media, corporate and government attention could create an economic system that will help give an impetus to river cleaning and maintenance, where nothing significant has been achieved in spite of institutions like the World Bank pouring in billions of dollars.

The Generic Manoeuvre

The unsound argument in favour of prescription of medicines in their so-called generic version as a panacea for drug price reduction is discursive in nature and, hence, untenable. Such a recommendation by the Prime Minister of India may discount the drug cartel on account of their unethical trade practices, while disowning the government’s responsibility towards effective drug price control.

The Circus Man Who Knew Too Much

​Keeleri Kunhikannan, known as the father of Indian circus and whose 160th birth anniversary was celebrated in Kerala in 2015, was “teacher” to countless performance artistes. More significantly, he transformed the rigid caste-based space and culture of the martial art of kalaripayattu into one where different castes, communities and even genders mingled.

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