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'Outsider, We Love and Fear You'

The Nicobarese are not against "outsiders" and have a long tradition of embracing different cultures. They respect religious heterogeneity and even though the Hindu population in Kamorta and Katchal is small, there are numerous Hindu temples around, to which the Nicobarese have never objected. Their opposition to marriage alliances with outsiders is not religiously motivated but provoked by the undue advantage that the non-Nicobarese have taken by encroaching on their land and also disrupting the hitherto harmonious socio-economic dynamics. A response to Swapan K Biswas's article "Interreligious Marriage in Nicobar Islands: Opportunities and Challenges" (EPW, 30 May 2015).

Continuum of Ignorance in Indian Universities

A response to V Kalyan Shankar and Rohini Sahni ("What Does an MA Know? Postgraduate Learning Deficits and the Diploma Disease in Social Sciences", EPW, 1 August 2015) argues that the main problem with higher education is not the poor quality of intake that universities have to deal with. The systemic problems underlying the deficient quality of teaching in the university are more important and cannot be ignored.

NSSO 71st Round

A comment on the article "Falling Sick, Paying the Price: NSS 71st Round on Morbidity and Costs of Healthcare" (EPW, 15 August 2015) which suggests that the National Sample Survey Offi ce's 71st round on social consumption of health can be read differently.

Raising the Bar or a Missed Opportunity

The history of caste is not the history of saints and sinners. Rather, it is the history of particular social relations--of production and property--and the specific historical context that gave rise to caste and the caste system and reproduced it generation after generation. More thoughts on the Rajmohan Gandhi-Arundhati Roy discussion.

Double Deflation Method and Growth of Manufacturing

This comment points out an erroneous assumption in the calculations and central argument of Rajakumar and Shetty ("Gross Value Added: Why Not the Double Deflation Method for Estimation?," EPW, 15 August 2015) that reverses almost all their inferences and conclusions. If construction and service input prices are also considered in the construction of the input price deflators, the double deflation method may further raise the manufacturing real income rather than depressing it. Conditions under which single or double deflation can better approximate the Index of Industrial Production growth rate are also discussed.

Economic Legacy of Colonial Rule Revisited

Continuing the debate on the economic legacy of colonial rule, the author responds to Banerjee et al's critique of his essay, also published in EPW.

Clarification on PDS Leakages

This note outlines the methodological reasons for the (small) differences in estimates of leakages from the public distribution system in 2011-12, as reported in Himanshu and Abhijit Sen (EPW, 16 and 23 November 2013) and Drèze and Khera (EPW, 14 February 2015).

The Institutional Lives of Intersectionality

Continuing the debate on intersectionality (EPW, 25 April 2015 and 15 August 2015), this comment raises the issue of the institutional life of intersectionality as illustrated by women's studies in the United States.

T S R Subramanian Report

This article takes forward Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli's criticism of the TSR Committee Report, "Executive's Environmental Dilemmas: Unpacking a Committee's Report" (EPW, 13 December 2014). This piece focuses on the operational aspects of the report and scrutinises the efficacy of the measures it proposes.

Human Resource Development in Health Services

This response to Javid Chowdhury ("National Health Policy 2015: A Narrow Focus Needed," EPW, 28 February 2015) and Anant Phadke ("Slippery Slope for Public Health Services," EPW, 28 February 2015) argues that a course designed to create a mid-level cadre of healthcare providers lacks the vision to address the country's needs.

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