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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.

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).

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.

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).

California Textbooks Issue

Countering the criticism of the organisation Scholars for People in "What Is at Stake in Rewriting California Textbooks" (EPW, 16 July 2016), the author explains that the mandate of the organisation is to debate the notion that India did not exist before 1947, and question why Hinduism alone should be studied through its inequities.

Commission Agent System

Responding to the critique of their article on the commission agent system in Punjab, the authors highlight the perils of private solutions to agrarian problems. They propose an enhanced role of the public sector in obliterating the exploitative stronghold of arthiya system in order to protect the interests of farmers and address the problems of Punjab's agrarian economy.

Teaching-Learning Process

The articles ("What Does an MA Know?" (EPW, 1 August 2015), "Continuum of Ignorance inIndian Universities" (EPW, 28 November 2015) and "Where Teachers Learn" (EPW, 30 April 2016) unfold only some aspects of teaching and learning in the context of Indian higher education. However, none of them focus on the core process of teaching-learning in Indian universities. This response examines some core questions like what happens in the classrooms and outside; how teachers teach and how students learn and why is teaching-learning in Indian higher education peculiar.

Trade Unions in Banks Remain Relevant

“Are Trade Unions Relevant in the Indian Banking Sector?” by Bino Paul G D and Pooja Gupta Mahurkar (EPW, 16 April 2016) contains surmises and generalisations without verifiable supporting data, apart from glaring contradictions. Further, it does not address the current challenges before bank unions.


Recovering Key Strategic Concepts in India's Climate Policy

A reply to "Paris Agreement: Differentiation without Historical Responsibility?" by Kirit S Parikh and Jyoti K Parikh (EPW, 9 April 2016), which deepens the discussion on the key concepts of co-benefits and historical responsibility.


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