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Response to Arundhati Roy

Continuing with the discussion around "The Doctor and the Saint," Rajmohan Gandhi counters Arundhati Roy's response in four areas--Gandhi and the Blacks of South Africa, Gandhi and caste, Gandhi and Ambedkar, and the subject of joint/separate electorates for Dalits.

Solar Energy

The failure of solar installations in India is not primarily due to poor maintenance or lack of money, materials and skilled manpower as argued in "Solar Energy for Rural Electricity in India: A Misplaced Emphasis" (EPW, 13 December 2014). Solar is still not a visible product for the consumer. Rather than see the failure of solar installations in terms of a rural-urban divide, the author could have done well to locate his arguments in the context of the "new economy-old economy" divide.

Revisiting Discrepancies in Sanitation Statistics of Rural India

This response to Arjun Kumar's "Discrepancies in Sanitation Statistics of Rural India" (EPW, 10 January 2015) points out that the article does not mention another gap in official data: omission of households that reside in settlements that are categorised as census towns. This response shows that taking this category into account can alter Kumar's observations.

All the World's a Half-Built Dam

A response to Rajmohan Gandhi's "Independence and Social Justice: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate" (EPW, 11 April 2015).

Growth in GVA of Indian Manufacturing

Two comments on "Growth in Gross Value Added of Indian Manufacturing: 2011-12 Series vs 2004-05 Series" (EPW, 23 May 2015) question the defence of the statistics on growth in manufacturing in the new National Accounts Statistics of the Central Statistics Offi ce.

Reading Arundhati Roy Out of Context

Rajmohan Gandhi's assertion that Arundhati Roy has taken statements made decades ago out of context and not provided the sources for her arguments are turned against him. This response to Gandhi's "Independence and Social Justice" (EPW, 11 April 2015) cites two such instances.

Caste in Indian English Fiction

Taking off from Kalyan Das's article "Subaltern Historiography to Dalit Historiography" (EPW, 14 February 2015), this discussion digs up an old debate in the pages of EPW on the presence of caste and its denial in Indian English fiction, which still holds relevance.

Seeds of Doubt Remain

In reply to the Central Statistics Office's rejoinder (18 April 2015) to his article (28 March 2015), the author examines the CSO's methodological improvisations to find out if they could have contributed to the higher estimates of growth in the private corporate sector in 2013-14. He concludes that there are reasons to maintain the seeds of doubt expressed in his initial contribution.

On Interest, Investment and Economic Growth

In “The Interest Rate Affair,” Sugata Marjit (EPW, 4 April 2015) points out the deficiency of one particular mainstream macro­economic viewpoint.

No Room for Doubts on New GDP Numbers

The Central Statistics Office argues that the doubts expressed about the fi nal estimates of the output of the non-financial corporate sector are misplaced. A rejoinder to "Seeds of Doubt on New GDP Numbers: Private Corporate Sector Overestimated?" (EPW, 28 March 2015).


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