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Gujarat Riots

In "Communal Riots in Gujarat: Examining State Power and Production of Marginality in the Attempt to Constitute the Past" (EPW, 19 December 2015) Pooja Bakshi seems to have had access to the raw data and has reclassified the responses to draw some conclusions about perceptions of Hindu versus Muslim respondents as a proxy for general Gujarati Hindu and Muslim views. Her treatment of the data raises serious analytical issues. Keeping the methodological infirmities in view, this response examines the strong conclusions derived by Bakshi and suggests that the same data can have alternate explanations, albeit of a more modest and tentative nature as befits the data itself.

Arthiyas in Punjab's APMC Mandis

A critique of "Commission Agent System: Significance in Contemporary Agricultural Economy of Punjab" by Sukhpal Singh and Shruti Bhogal (EPW, 7 November 2015).

Risk of Intimate Partner Violence and Alcohol Use

This response to "Domestic Violence and Effectiveness of Law Enforcement Agencies: A Panel Data Study" (EPW, 16 January 2016) supports the recommendation to increase quantitative research efforts in the field and apply evidence-based policy to reduce violence against women. As an example, the article presents an epidemiological analysis of alcohol as an important risk factor for intimate partner violence against women in India.

Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 2005

It would be an exaggeration to say that the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 has "failed most spectacularly." There have been many shortcomings, but there have been positive developments as well.

Erring on Aadhaar

A rebuttal on operational and mathematical grounds to "Flaws in UIDAI Process" by Hans Verghese Mathews (EPW, 27 February 2016).

On the Ambedkar–Gandhi Debate

In response to the discussions around Arundhati Roy’s introduction to B R Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste, this article draws on Ambedkar’s views on caste in government policy to reiterate his continuing relevance today.

A Relook at the Term 'Tribe'

Over the years, the academic literature has shown growing differentiation among the tribes and challenged the notion of tribal homogeneity. This response to Sumit Guha's "States, Tribes, Castes: A Historical Re-exploration in Comparative Perspective" (EPW, 21 November 2015) looks at the critiques of the idea of a homogeneous "tribe."

Not in the Child’s Name

The lack of qualitative case law reporting on juvenile crime leaves a gap that is largely unrecognised and leads to the law mirroring social realities rather than functioning as a beacon of social transformation. 

How (Not) to Write Hill History

Rereading any history for contemporary political projects leads to a partial reading of that history. This is the problem with Tamang and Thendup's reading of Darjeeling's history in the context of Telangana's new statehood. However, Gorkhaland's struggle in no way loses its importance even if it may not be similar to Telangana.

Development Deadlocks of the New Indian State

The new Indian state is a relocated state, not a retreating one. This comment on Kanchan Chandra's article "The New Indian State: The Relocation of Patronage in the Post-Liberalisation Economy" (EPW, 10 October 2015) says that it is also a state that struggles to realise its new development agenda.

NSSO 71st Round Data on Health and Beyond

The overarching policy question in private expenditure on health that we should all be addressing is, “What must the government do to reduce the debilitating (financial) effects of out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure of people?” A response to a comment (EPW, 21 November 2015) on the authors’ earlier piece (EPW, 15 August 2015).

Men Doing Feminism

The 16 May 2015 issue of the EPW has a special section which refreshingly argues that men can be feminists and they can contribute to feminist knowledge when they make "care" an intellectual virtue and "care epistemology" their choicest mode. This affirmation is broached through an autobiographical mapping of each of the author's "towards feminism" journey. But the articles seem to have violated the same "care-epistemic" principles they had set for themselves. This review questions care epistemology's pertinence to the agenda in question. It points out that autobiography, ethnography and care could never accompany each other well.

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