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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.

Historiography sans History

Responding to Tirthankar Roy's article "The Economic Legacies of Colonial Rule in India: Another Look" (EPW, 11 April 2015), which reinterprets the economic legacy of British rule in India, this article critically interrogates the relationship between ideology, perspective, and method in an emerging strand of economic history. This strand tries to make history writing on colonialism consistent with the rationalisation(s) of contemporary globalisation. This article traces the ideological basis of "neutrality," explores the conceptual and historical fallacies of the "openness" paradigm, and assesses the methodological inconsistencies of cost-benefit analysis in the historiography of reinterpretations of colonialism in India.

Reconciling Gandhi with Ambedkar

This article carries forward the discussion on the controversy between M K Gandhi and B R Ambedkar occasioned by Arundhati Roy's essay, "The Doctor and the Saint." It takes note of Rajmohan Gandhi's criticisms of Roy in "Independence and Social Justice: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate" (EPW, 11 April 2015) and Roy's response, "All the World's a Half-Built Dam" (EPW, 20 June 2015) to stress that the views of Gandhi and Ambedkar are not as conflicting as they are made out to be.

Struggles around Gender

This is a brief critique of some of the positions put forth in Nivedita Menon’s article “Is Feminism about ‘Women’? A Critical View on Intersectionality from India” (25 April 2015). The paper covered diverse and complex grounds, delving into each through layers of connections.

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