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What Is India’s Urbanisation Riddle?

Looking at two articles published in the EPW that analyse census data to argue for different understandings of the trends of urbanisation in India, it is argued that both articles present only facets of urbanisation. To understand urbanisation in all its complexity, decadal census data will serve only a complementary role, while field studies that provide thick descriptions of new urban spaces are essential.

Agrarian Distress: Beyond Cropping Pattern and Credit

Pointing out some analytical and factual limitations in Ajay Dandekar and Sreedeep Bhattacharya’s paper (EPW, 27 May 2017), important aspects of agrarian distress are discussed.

Black Economy and Demonetisation

In response to the macromodel in “Theoretical Analysis of ‘Demonetisation’” (EPW, 17 December 2016), this article looks at some fundamentals of macroeconomics—consumption function, money demand function, investment behaviour, and money supply—taking the black economy into consideration.

Promoting Farm Ponds

Although the article “Problematic Uses and Practices of Farm Ponds in Maharashtra” (EPW, 21 January 2017) by Eshwer Kale rightfully highlights pertinent issues regarding the policy of promoting farm ponds and the manner in which farmers are using these structures; the solutions espoused by the author and the Maharashtra government are devoid of expertise regarding technicalities related to terrain, geography and water-pumping technologies.

Availability of Pulses in Rural Karnataka

In a response to “Making Pulses Affordable Again” (EPW, 7 January 2017) by P K Joshi, Avinash Kishore and Devesh Roy this article aims to bring to the fore the importance of using district-level data on nutritional levels and pulse production, that can better inform public policy and help improve human development indicators.

Practising Theory in the Anthropocene

A response to the article “The Work of Theory: Thinking across Traditions” (EPW, 10 September 2016) by Prathama Banerjee, Aditya Nigam and Rakesh Pandey builds on their argument by proposing extensions to their new postcolonial theory.

On the Convergence Puzzle

While there is no disagreement that widening regional disparities is an empirical fact and a major developmental concern, the inference drawn in Prerna Sanga and Abdul Shaban (“Regional Divergence and Inequalities in India,”EPW, 7 January 2017) on convergence is misleading, and disregards conceptual underpinnings.

Populism, Democracy and Development

By way of analysing and interpreting the outcome of the West Bengal assembly elections 2016, the article “West Bengal Elections: The Verdict of Politics” (EPW, 11 June 2016) has raised some vital questions of immense theoretical importance which deserve serious deliberation. With this object in view, some issues of general interest have been picked up.

Strengthening India’s Position in Climate Change Negotiations

The authors respond to three main issues raised by Navroz K Dubash and Radhika Khosla in their article “Recovering Key Strategic Concepts in India’s Climate Policy” (EPW, 9 April 2016).

Poverty Alleviation in Bihar

The paper “Eliminating Poverty in Bihar: Paradoxes, Bottlenecks and Solutions” is near perfect in terms of the issues raised. But there is a need to go beyond focusing on the economic and infrastructural aspects of development. A complex society like Bihar needs a revolution in terms of bureaucratic restructuring, remittance-based planning, and promotion of an entrepreneurial culture.

Social Stratification among Muslims

The article "Does Untouchability Exist among Muslims? Evidence from Uttar Pradesh" (EPW, 9 April 2016) fails at both the methodological and policy levels.

Questioning ‘The Dalit Question’

This is in response to the editorial, “The Dalit Question,” published in EPW on 24 December 2016. Concluding the debate that began with the publication of the article “How Egalitarian Is Indian Sociology?” (EPW, 18 June 2016), the editorial argues that “the most acute contradictions are no longer...

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