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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.

Scapegoating Climate Change

Atul Deulgaonkar and Anjali Joshi have described the drought exp- erienced in Marathwada in their article “Agriculture Is Injurious to Health” (EPW, 7 May 2016).

Irrigation Sector 'Turnaround' in Madhya Pradesh?

A critique of Tushaan Shah, G Mishra, P Kela, P Chinnasamy's "Har Khet Ko Pani? Madhya Pradesh's Irrigation Reform as a Model," (Economic & Political Weekly, 6 February 2016).

Where Teachers Learn

In "Continuum of Ignorance in Indian Universities" (EPW, 28 November 2015) Rajesh Misra and Supriya Singh raise a number of critical questions. Their article, a response to V Kalyan Shankar and Rohini Sahni's piece "What Does an MA Know?" (EPW, 1 August 2015), does not, however, focus on remedial measures.

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).

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.


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