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‘And We Grow Weary, Waiting for the World to Hear Our Cry’

A heartfelt appeal to the world’s conscience on climate change and what his country has suffered, this is the full statement of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, at the Joint High Level Segment of the sixth meeting of Conference of the Parties and the Parties to the Paris Agreement. He spoke on 16 November in Bonn, Germany.

Education and Girlhood

The issue of “girlhood” rather than “girls” is tackled in an attempt to answer the question “What is education?” and the necessity for autonomy in education is considered. The Indian state’s psychological split between a tyrannical need for control and a benevolence towards its citizens is examined, which leads to an explanation of the diffi culty the state faces in engaging with the culture of girlhood. Finally, the hardships that girls experience with regard to education today are outlined.

Remedy Worse Than the Disease

Three steps—withdrawal of service guarantee legislation, harsh punishment of citizens who were forced to submit to coercion and extortion and paid a bribe for services due to them, and protection of bribe takers even from the investigation of corruption offences—when seen together are clearly unreasonable, grotesque and counterproductive.

Modernity and Meritocracy

The vision of a meritocracy is integral to modernity, resting upon principles of achievement, individualism, and the primacy of academic knowledge. Each of these is now debated, particularly the claim of individual contributions to merit. Among the four responses that are possible, a multifactor approach to social inequality in selection, social interventions, and institutional, academic support may actually be truest to modernity’s promise of freedom and fairness.

Primary Education and Minority Rights

In Pramati Educational and Cultural Trust v Union of India (2014), the Supreme Court preferred an outdated interpretation of minority rights under Article 30(1) in keeping all minority schools, aided and unaided, beyond the scrutiny posed by the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The Indian Supreme Court has an opportunity in Independent School Federation of India v State of Uttar Pradesh (2016) to correct this and redeem itself.

Behavioural Economics and Richard Thaler’s Contributions

What makes behavioural economics important for understanding human behaviour? What work has been ongoing in this field of study? What have Richard Thaler, this year’s “Nobel” prize winner, and his colleagues done to better understand human behaviour?

When ‘Anybody Can Be Brahmin’

The appointment of Dalit priests to temples in Kerala has been engendered by the growing departure of Brahmin youth from priestly jobs, coupled with existing aspirations of the lower castes to become priests in Brahminical temples. This move is aimed at the formation of a cohesive “Hindu community” through the reconfiguration of caste practices, not the eradication of caste.

Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (2006) in Haryana

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2006 (PWDVA) was introduced after years of advocacy by women’s groups. However, over a decade since its enactment, the PWDVA is yet to see strong implementation; women continue to struggle with delays in judicial proceedings, inadequate court...

Bhopal Public Bike-sharing Scheme

The stated aim of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s ₹2.5 crore plan to import 500 high-tech bicycles for a bike-sharing scheme was to provide commuters with an environment-friendly and healthy option for commuting in the city. Can a model borrowed from developed countries work in the absence of sufficient demand, a conducive environment, and supporting infrastructure such as good road networks, bicycle lanes and regulated traffic?

Why Behavioural Economics Will Not Save the World

Behavioural economics is widely considered to be a significant break from standard economic modelling. What is different about the behavioural economics approach? Is it as revolutionary as we are led to believe? What else does research in this field offer?

North Korea and the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

What is transparently clear is that political discussions in the United States around North Korea remain oblivious of the psychological effects of the war that persists into the seventh decade after its end. The advantage in political, social, cultural, and educational terms that the North Korean regime continues to derive from its masterful deployment of history and propaganda to keep in power and run the state itself as something of a concentration camp, is also not realised.

Human–Wildlife Conflict in India

Approaches for resolving incidences of human–wildlife conflict such as predator attacks on people or livestock typically use methods that address physical loss but ignore social, cultural, and emotional trauma. To holistically and more permanently alleviate conflicts, wildlife management agencies and other conservation practitioners require resources and training in outreach and public relations, and need to expand their toolkit of approaches in order to connect with varied stakeholders in a greater diversity of settings.

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