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Need for Change in Forest Management and Silviculture

The special issue on the promise and performance of the Forest Rights Act (EPW, 24 June 2017) failed to explore the extent to which people’s livelihoods and incomes improved in the districts where the act has been implemented. Providing forest management and ownership rights to communities is not enough. The government should actively aid the livelihoods of forest dwellers through higher production of gatherable biomass, and enhanced opportunities for its collection and marketing.

Resistance to Reforms in Water Governance

This article provides a response to the critique of the Report Submitted by the Committee on Restructuring the CWC and CGWB, by M Dinesh Kumar et al (“New ‘Water Management Paradigm’: Outdated Concepts?” EPW, 9 December 2017). Their critique misrepresents what the report says, and is part of an ongoing attempt to thwart reforms in the governance of India’s water sector, which, in crucial respects, has remained unreformed for the last 70 years. Without these reforms, however, India’s water crisis will only deepen by the day.

Land Acquisition

This rejoinder to Dhanmanjiri Sathe’s article “Land Acquisition: Need for a Shift in Discourse?” (EPW, 17 December 2016) points to the mistaken logic of viewing land as a commodity and farmers as economic agents willing to give up their land for fair compensation, arguing that a settlement of the land question purely in market terms would be disastrous for a developing society struggling to address agrarian distress.

Cultural Capital, Reference Group, and Social Mobility in India

The article “Rags to Riches? Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in India” (EPW, 4 November 2017) by Iversen, Krishna and Sen examines intergenerational occupational mobility in India. This comment links this study with Krishna’s earlier contribution, “Making It in India: Examining Social Mobility in Three Walks of Life” (EPW, 7 December 2013), and interprets these works alongside Bourdieu’s (1986) and Merton’s (1949) established theories of social mobility.

New ‘Water Management Paradigm’

This article critiques theMihir Shah Committee report and the articles about it in this journal (24 December 2016). It says that although the report has intended to be an attempt at restructuring of water institutions, it has, unfortunately ended just as an exercise in restructuring “water organisations,” and its contents get reduced to a mere “preface” rather than a serious analytical attempt towards a practical approach to institutional restructuring in the water sector.

Economics of Dairy Farming in India

Pointing out the analytical and conceptual flaws in the paper, “Do Producers Gain from Selling Milk? An Economic Assessment of Dairy Farming in Contemporary India” (EPW, 24 June 2017), this article explores the economics of milk production in India. It highlights, in particular, the need for any analysis of the dairy sector in India to take into consideration the interactions between crop and livestock production systems.

Farmer Producer Companies

In his article titled “Farmer Producer Companies: Fermenting New Wine for New Bottles” (EPW, 20 February 2016), Tushaar Shah criticises the lack of design-thinking in the promotional process of the farmer producer companies. This response argues that there are inherent structural issues in agriculture that prevent FPCs from matching the scale and the turnover of the milk producer companies.

Responsible Fisheries?

The article “Responsible Fisheries: Kerala Fish Workers Open New Path in Co-governance” (EPW, 29 August 2015) argued that the “Kochi Initiative” in Kerala—a collaboration between fishers and government scientists—was a major breakthrough in fisheries governance. We suggest that these authors cheered too soon. Through evidence from coastal Tamil Nadu, we note the history of the debate among fishers on environmental and justice impacts of new technology. Fisher management skills are usually ignored by state agencies which also fail to govern effectively. While co-management is the way to go, it requires more state effort.

Payment for Ecosystem Services

The proposal of advocating payment for ecosystem services for Indian farmers (“Payment for Ecosystem Services: Guaranteed Farm Income and Sustainable Agriculture,” EPW, 29 April 2017) needs closer scrutiny to understand its nuances.

Ambedkar’s Framing of Religious Ideas

This comment on “Ambedkar as a Political Philosopher” by Valerian Rodrigues (EPW, 15 April 2017) adds a few more thoughts to the exploration of B R Ambedkar’s framing of ideas about religion in the Annihilation of Caste .

Naxalbari and After

The special section “Naxalbari and After” (EPW, 27 May 2017) covered only the armed-struggle trend in the Naxalbari movement. The author briefly writes about the other major trend in the movement, represented by the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist)–Liberation.

Game Theory in Economics

Adding to the ongoing debate on how best to understand game theory and its relevance to economics, a response toAtanu Sengupta and Abhijit Ghosh’s “Non-cooperativeGame Theory and Pay-off” (EPW, 28 January 2017).


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