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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.

'Outsider, We Love and Fear You'

The Nicobarese are not against "outsiders" and have a long tradition of embracing different cultures. They respect religious heterogeneity and even though the Hindu population in Kamorta and Katchal is small, there are numerous Hindu temples around, to which the Nicobarese have never objected. Their opposition to marriage alliances with outsiders is not religiously motivated but provoked by the undue advantage that the non-Nicobarese have taken by encroaching on their land and also disrupting the hitherto harmonious socio-economic dynamics. A response to Swapan K Biswas's article "Interreligious Marriage in Nicobar Islands: Opportunities and Challenges" (EPW, 30 May 2015).

Continuum of Ignorance in Indian Universities

A response to V Kalyan Shankar and Rohini Sahni ("What Does an MA Know? Postgraduate Learning Deficits and the Diploma Disease in Social Sciences", EPW, 1 August 2015) argues that the main problem with higher education is not the poor quality of intake that universities have to deal with. The systemic problems underlying the deficient quality of teaching in the university are more important and cannot be ignored.

NSSO 71st Round

A comment on the article "Falling Sick, Paying the Price: NSS 71st Round on Morbidity and Costs of Healthcare" (EPW, 15 August 2015) which suggests that the National Sample Survey Offi ce's 71st round on social consumption of health can be read differently.

Raising the Bar or a Missed Opportunity

The history of caste is not the history of saints and sinners. Rather, it is the history of particular social relations--of production and property--and the specific historical context that gave rise to caste and the caste system and reproduced it generation after generation. More thoughts on the Rajmohan Gandhi-Arundhati Roy discussion.

Double Deflation Method and Growth of Manufacturing

This comment points out an erroneous assumption in the calculations and central argument of Rajakumar and Shetty ("Gross Value Added: Why Not the Double Deflation Method for Estimation?," EPW, 15 August 2015) that reverses almost all their inferences and conclusions. If construction and service input prices are also considered in the construction of the input price deflators, the double deflation method may further raise the manufacturing real income rather than depressing it. Conditions under which single or double deflation can better approximate the Index of Industrial Production growth rate are also discussed.

Economic Legacy of Colonial Rule Revisited

Continuing the debate on the economic legacy of colonial rule, the author responds to Banerjee et al's critique of his essay, also published in EPW.

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