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British Elections: There Is An Alernative

As the euphoria of a victorious defeat subsides, there is a sense of determination within Labour ranks as well as a degree of real hope among those in the broader electorate who wish to see Tory rule and austerity come to an end sooner rather than later. The way ahead will not be easy, not least because of the still very deep divisions of Brexit both within the Labour party and beyond.

Circumventing Institutions: Did Chidambaram Subvert the Foreign Investment Promotion Board?

The raids on premises connected to former Union Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram have attracted attention because of the allegations by the Central Bureau of Investiation, the Enforcement Directorate and Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy that the functioning of the soon-to-be defunct Foreign Investment Promotion Board was sought to be subverted. One major accusation against Chidambaram is that he manipulated the working of the FIPB to help the former Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran in the Aircel–Maxis case. The EPW presents for the first time how this unusual deal was structured in a convoluted manner using preference shares.

Modi Government's ₹500 Crore Bonanza to Adani Group Company

By frequently changing the rules relating to power projects located in special economic zones, the department of commerce in the ministry of industry and commerce has allowed Adani Power claims for refunds of customs duties to the tune of ₹500 crore. Curiously, the duties were never paid. An investigation by the EPW.

Old Plans, Ongoing Handouts, New Spin

In May 2017, the union cabinet approved the construction of 10 more 700 megawatt pressurised heavy water reactors. A careful reading of this largely public relations spin on existing plans suggests that it chiefly hopes to persuade the Nuclear Suppliers Group to accept India as a member and attract capital that aims to profit from supplying components for nuclear power plants. Given our track record, the prospects of it adding to the role of nuclear power in India appear bleak.

Banks May Lose ₹4,300 crore on Loans to Kingfisher Airlines

 A consortium of 14 banks is expected to lose nearly ₹4,300 crore on account of loans given to the grounded Kingfisher Airlines that was headed by Vijay Mallya who is currently a fugitive from law in the United Kingdom. This has been disclosed in an internal document prepared by the country's biggest bank, the State Bank of India, which alone stands to lose ₹900 crore. The actual losses may well be even higher than these estimates.

Accessing the Right to Food in Delhi

The renewed Public Distribution System (PDS) under the “rights-based” National Food Security Act, 2013 has increased access to foodgrains in Delhi. However, the Aadhaar-enabled PDS has created new barriers and glitches undermining the promise of efficient, error-free, and transparent service-delivery.

Reflections on the ‘Chalo Nagpur’ Campaign

The ‘Chalo Nagpur’ campaign mobilised thousands of women marchers and drew attention to not only the exploitation and violence suffered by women from the lower castes, classes and marginalised sections but also their efforts to build connections with women engaged in similar aims across the world.

Bound Spaces: Of Papier Mâché Boxes and Legal Documents

As the tourist season begins anew, visitors to Kashmir will continue to consume things Kashmiri and things legal will continue to consume Kashmiris themselves. It would seem that while the attribution of a context of beauty to things comes easy, for things do not speak, the same cannot be said of Kashmiris, whose chorus for azadi reverberates in the streets every week.

Why Women’s Studies?

The dissolution of the Planning Commission and expiry of the Twelfth Plan has imperilled the futures of the centres for Women's Studies, and Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy across public universities in India. These centres were borne out of struggles for inclusion and continue to operate at the margins of the academic set-up. A critical appraisal of Women's Studies has been undertaken here to locate its relevance in contemporary times.

Construction of Gender Roles in Bengali Print Advertisement (2001–05)

Advertisement in globalised India has been a major area of discussion, producing a large debate on the depiction of gender roles in the media, both in print and audio-visual. This article explores how gender roles have been constructed in Bengali print advertisement from 2001–05, and locates the shifts in images, if any.

 

Raising the ‘Bar’ for India’s Power Sector

Two prominent infrastructure companies belonging to Adani Group and Tata Group had sought the assistance of electricity regulators to hike the rate at which they sold power to several state power utility and distribution companies. They claimed that compensatory tariffs to the tune of nearly ₹8,000 crore were due to them as they had to absorb an increase in the price of coal imported from Indonesia used to fuel their power plants. But this was denied to them by the Supreme Court.

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