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The Fire at AMRI

Ninety-two persons died in the fire at AMRI hospital, Kolkata, on 9 December 2011. The high court scaled down charges against AMRI’s managing director from culpable homicide to death by negligence. The recent high court judgment points out that in the absence of appropriate legislation on corporate manslaughter, the Indian Penal Code is not sufficient to address corporate negligence. The law needs to be amended by raising the levels of punishment in cases of involuntary manslaughter caused by corporate negligence.

Machil Encounter Case

The Machil encounter case of 2010 in which three civilians were killed in Kashmir’s Kupwara district, can be seen as a test case. It shows that contrary to the view that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act gives impunity to the army personnel in conflict areas, in actuality it is the Army Act and certain sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure along with various government orders that give full cover to erring army officers and allow them to go unpunished for violatinghuman rights.

Kerala’s Dismal Ranking in Swachh Survekshan, 2017

Against the backdrop of Kerala’s dismal ranking in the Swachh Survekshan 2017, a survey conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development to study the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission, this article expresses that the state government should objectively analyse the pitfalls of the implementation of the current system of solid waste management and act on it.

Kuki Chieftainship in Democratic India

Kukis from North East India continue to practise a traditional chieftainship system, in sharp contrast to the democratic systems in the rest of the country. This has resulted in the impairment of democracy and development in Kuki areas. There is a need to rethink the relationship between the two systems and their prospects within the scope of India’s democracy.

India’s Slip on Global Hunger Index

After witnessing an improvement from 2008 to 2014, India’s rank on Global Hunger Index slipped in 2016. This slip is attributed to reformulation of GHI to encompass the multidimensional character of malnutrition, wherein underweight was replaced by stunting and wasting. While GHI scores of several other countries witnessed a decline, India fared worse. This is explained through a stickiness in child stunting levels in India attributed to gendered norms, poor sanitation, and high regional concentration.

The Unfinished Agenda of Social Justice

The proposed National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes armed with constitutional status has been touted as a move to appease disgruntled dominant peasant castes in various states and in lieu of the 2019 polls. This article looks at the potential implications.

Right to Safe Abortion

The case of the 10-year-old victim of rape who is pregnant and awaiting delivery after being denied permission to abort by the courts is an urgent indication that all stakeholders must come together and find a solution for unwanted pregnancies of more than 20 weeks.

From ‘Uprising’ to ‘Movement’

Populist radicalism with the demand for land is one register. Caste-based social antagonism is the other register. Following the Una uprising, the criss-crossing of these two registers defines the essence of the Dalit resistance in Gujarat today. Uprising/movement, Samiti/Manch are terms clarifying the nature of this criss-crossing.

Inception of Aviation Routes between India and China

Chinese National Aviation Corporation initiated the diplomatic relations for air connectivity between China and British India in the 1930s. The proposal included extending the CNAC’s service from Chungking in South-west China with Dinjan (in upper Assam). This was the context for the development of an air route between China and India. This commercial venture (which was threatened by World War II) played an active part in the wartime operation, especially after the fall of Rangoon and the consequent capture of the Burma Road by the Japanese forces.

Can India Be Considered an Emerging Great Power?

As India strives to make its way to the top of the global power structure, this article investigates what kind of a “great power” India ought to be. A range of debates on the parameters that define great power status to understand India’s current position in the international order are examined.

Sharif’s Dismissal

Examination of the accountability process in Pakistan reveals that it falls into the trap of repeating inter-elite rivalries from the past, rather than marking a point of departure. The investigation’s sole focus on elected officials does little to alter the almost-complete impunity for the country’s armed forces and the judiciary. This dialectic of accountability for parliamentarians and impunity for the military continues to structure political dynamics in Pakistan.

Big Data, Big Deal

Massive data sets are transforming everything, from our understanding of the universe, to things as everyday and mundane as recommending personalised products online. The data, in a digital form, comes in a much larger size than ever. With such large data sets, it is all too easy to find rare statistical anomalies and to confuse them with real phenomena. Questions of privacy arise when one is a row on a database in an increasingly “dataficated” world.

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