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When the Nation Could Not Feel the Pulse

Investigations by the Income Tax department indicate that the sudden spike in the prices of particular pulses in 2015 was a consequence of the formation of international and Indian cartels of traders. These allegations are denied by the players concerned. Reports prepared by tax officials that are being disclosed for the first time, indicate how the pulses trade in the country has been prone to manipulation. The officials also allege there was money laundering in dal trading.

Amaravati Threatens to March on Kondapalli

The Government of Andhra Pradesh is awaiting clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to divert 124 square kilometres of forestland to build Amaravati capital city region. What is the procedure to divert forestlands? What will be the consequences on communities dependent on the forest? Have other cities in India been built on forestland? What is the ecological value of the forestlands in question?

Protest Diaries: Not in My Name, Break the Silence and More

Here is a compilation of brief statements, videos, and photos from different locations from citizens who attended the protests in different locations against the hate politics around beef. They tell us why they felt it was important to protest against targeted mob violence, and of their own experience in their respective cities and towns which compel them to protest. [Last update: Mumbai 3 July 2017]

Ambedkar Will Teach the Nation from His Statues

The pointed finger of Ambedkar statues symbolically conveys the meaning of lecturing, or teaching the nation about democracy and fraternity.The politics of proliferating Dalit iconography is one of seeking visibility and asserting one’s right to access public spaces.However, clashes routinely erupt over such iconography given the upper castes’ fear of their threatened hegemony.

Price Monitoring and Control under GST

The Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 has an “anti-profiteering” clause aimed at ensuring that businesses pass on tax rate cuts and cost savings resulting from the adoption of GST to the consumers. In this context, Australia’s experience with price monitoring and control during the GST transition period is looked at to draw lessons for India. It is eminently possible to institute a comprehensive and effective price monitoring and control mechanism in India to enable benefits to consumers under the GST regime. However, the anti-profiteering rules in their present form have some lacunae and may not produce the desired results of containing profits and, thereby, price rise.

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 Investigation, 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.

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.

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