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The US’s unwillingness to pressurise Israel dims the prospect of ceasefire amid unabated horrors in Gaza.  
Awareness of ideologies and policy programmes can be an antidote to the divisive political discourse.
In holding that advocates and lawyers cannot be sued in consumer courts, the Supreme Court has offered three reasons—the law was not intended to apply to professionals, lawyers are sui generis professionals, and lawyers actually are in a contract of service with their clients. This column brings attention to the contradictory approach of the Court on this matter.  
Populism has opened new possibilities in the electoral space, often at the cost of the democratic ethos. The conjuncture of finance capital, digital technology, and politics has metamorphosed the voter into a spectatorised voting subject, that is, a subject narrowly concerned with the satisfaction of basic, private needs of food, shelter, security, and mobility aspirations, often at the expense of a socially or culturally defined other. Voters are spectator-cum-players or participants in a game that is the elections and polarising politics, shaped and influenced by parties and their corporate-style electoral consultants. As spectator players, the voters do not exercise their agency as individuals but as parts or “dividuals” of networks.  
If the question of theory is approached in terms of the frontier as a problematic of space, then a universal idea of the human condition becomes theoretically possible when the basis is something other than the idea of the human per se.

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While M K Gandhi was a critic of hierarchical caste and untouchability, he defended hereditary occupation. For Gandhi, learning how to make a living from our parent(s) at home allows us to spend most of our time on spiritual pursuits rather than for money. Gandhi recognised that the varna system of his day was not performing this function. Achieving swaraj required reintegrating all Indians into the varna system as Shudras, teaching them traditional crafts like khadi.

The existence of a positive gender unemployment gap in urban India is examined. Urban Indian women experience higher unemployment rates than men despite lower labour force participation rates, with the gap rising over time. Regression estimates show the presence of heightened unemployment risks for women even after controlling for demographic characteristics. Differences in demographic characteristics explain little to none of the unemployment gap, speaking to the presence of extensive discrimination in labour markets. The one demographic characteristic that impacts unemployment is higher education, with rising educational attainment of women contributing to a rising unemployment gap between 2011–12 and 2022–23. The burden of unemployment is faced largely by young, highly educated women, a cohort already experiencing significant constraints in the urban Indian labour market.

An examination of the changes in caste-based wage inequalities in India reveals an improvement in the relative wages of deprived caste groups. However, the improvement is slow and the deprived castes still earn significantly lower wages. The decomposition analysis shows an increase in the unexplained component, which, coupled with the narrowing of the wage gap, suggests that the improvement in wages may largely be a consequence of an improvement in educational and health outcomes due to affirmative action rather than a decline in labour market discrimination.

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In view of the recent attacks on writer Kancha Ilaiah, we are republishing his 1996 article which was published as a Commentary in on 15 Jun, 1996 in Vol. 31, Issue No. 24 of the EPW. On one hand the BJP defines SC, OBC castes as Hindus, and on the other by banning beef denies them their age-old food habits. If beef is banned it will he the beginning of the end of the country's multiculturalism.

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