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Caste, Contemporaneity and Assertion

This article is in response to the opinions and views expressed in the “Caste and Class” special (EPW, 19 November 2016). An evolutionary and historical method has not helped us to understand the caste system and its exploitative nature in its entirety. Therefore, we need to analyse it from a new perspective which can explain the caste system by critically looking at assertion of both, the so-called upper castes and Dalits together.

Criticism without Academic Substantiation

A reply to K L Sharma's rejoinder to "How Egalitarian Is Indian Sociology?" by the author of the article.

Biased and Prejudiced View of Sociologists

This rejoinder takes issue with the view expressed by Vivek Kumar in "How Egalitarian Is Indian Sociology?" (EPW, 18 June 2016).

Learning Deficit toTeaching Deficit

An inquiry into the assumptions regarding the teaching profession in higher education is made in the light of earlier discussions by V Kalyan Shankar and Rohini Sahni (1 August 2015) and Hari Nair (30 April 2016).

Neville Maxwell's 'Facts'and Silences

A rejoinder to Neville Maxwell's "Olaf Caroe's Fabrication of the 'McMahon Line'" (EPW, 6 August 2016) claims that there are many factual inconsistencies. The author also asserts that Maxwell deliberately silences alternate explanations to his claims.

Brexit Offers No Particular Spoils for India

Abhijit Sarkar makes two claims in "Spoils of Brexit for India" (EPW, 13 August 2016): British voters ignored the interests of non-British Commonwealth residents in the European Union referendum, and that the outcome of the referendum will benefit India. The second claim is questionable, and is based on little evidence. The first, meanwhile, relies upon unsubstantiated assertions and unscientific experimentation, but nevertheless raises interesting questions about legitimate democratic participation.

Interrogating Some Interpretations

To interpret the results of the West Bengal assembly elections in terms of a verdict of the contest between development and democracy or as an endorsement of Mamata Banerjee's authoritarian style of governance is wrong. But to announce that the restoration of democracy and integrity in public service are issues of the upper classes and non-issues for the subalterns is not only wrong, it is retrogressive.

West Bengal Elections

Despite the rising influence of the subaltern classes in West Bengal politics, the predominance of the bhadralok culture largely remains intact. A response to Ranabir Samaddar's, "West Bengal Elections: The Verdict of Politics" (EPW, 11 June 2016).

Politics of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme

There is documentary evidence of the degeneration of the scientific basis of dealing with tubercul0sis as a public health problem in India. The outstanding research on TB in the past must not be forgotten by the authors of "Resource Optimisation for Tuberculosis Elimination in India" (EPW, 7 May 2016).

Assam Election Results

"Victory for Identity Politics, Not Hindutva in Assam" by Udayon Misra (EPW, 28 May 2016) echoes the general tenor of remarks on the striking election results in the local press and other media. As the disillusionment of the masses with the Congress turned into bitter hatred and there was no concrete alternative from the left parties, a master stroke of Bharatiya Janata Party tacticians created a wave of anti-Congress fervour by roping in regional ethnic parties.

Maoist Movement

This is a rejoinder to "Class Struggle, the Maoists and the Indigenous Question in Nepal and India" by Alpa Shah and Feyzi Ismail (EPW, 29 August 2015).

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