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Bhim Army Chief’s Detention

(Excerpts from a letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, National Human Rights Commission and Minister for Home Affairs.)

Strategies to End Tuberculosis

India ranks 17th in incidence rate among the 22 high-burden tuberculosis (TB) countries in the world and according to World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Report, 2015 accounted for 2.2 million cases of TB patients in 2014. The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease held the...

Hunger in Tea Gardens

This is with reference to “Living Conditions of Tea Plantation Workers” by Sharit K Bhowmik (EPW, 21 November 2015). Indeed, it is a cruel irony that, on the one hand, starvation deaths are reported in India, and on the other, we have abundant foodgrains. India’s overall record in eradicating...

Dhritarashtra's Democracy

Even though dynastic representation is low in Parliament (Kanchan Chandra, “Hardly the End of Dynastic Rule”, EPW, 12 July 2014), it is visible everywhere. A new politician-caste seems to have been formed like any other caste. No state is free from this disease and most of the politicians are, but...

Failure of Success

The article by Aranyak Saikia entitled “A Look at the Economics behind BJP’s Victory” (EPW, 19 July 2014) made for very instructive reading. However, the reasons ascribed to the Congress Party’s collapse referred only to economics, with a nod to the “possible role of communal politics and religious...

Against Ageism in Academic Appointments

This is a note against the practice of age bar for entry into academic positions prevalent in many state-funded universities and academic institutions in the country. Besides being legally unsustainable, the practice is also socially unacceptable and an unreasonable entry barrier. The practice of...

Demise of the Planning Commission?

I read with interest the analysis made by Prabhat Patnaik in “End of the Planning Commission?” (EPW, 19 July 2014). Despite the striking dissimilarities bet­ween fascism and nazism of the 1930s and the current resurgent anti-democratic tendencies of finance capital, there is a marked similarity in...

Antony at Work

What does one make of the curious formulations of A K Antony, the highly regarded Congress leader, that the Congress Party fared badly in the Lok Sabha polls because of the widespread perception and resentment among voters that secularism under the Congress actually favoured the minorities, especi­...

T Scarlett Epstein (1922-2014)

T Scarlett Epstein, who pioneered development studies in India, passed away on 27 April 2014. As an anthropologist, Epstein came into prominence afterthe publication of her book Economic Development and Social Change in South India (1962), in which she dealt with agrarian change and economic growth...
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