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Research as if People Matter

Since the implementation of reforms enacted by the National Food Security Act 2013, the public distribution system provides food security to a larger number of people than before, and has less leakages overall in six of the poorer states of India. The methods and results of a people-centred six-state survey are presented in brief.

Truth to Power

By being focused and understated, the award-winning 2015 Hollywood film, Spotlight, exposes more than the sexual misdoings of priests of the Catholic Church in Boston, United States.

The Puzzle That is India-UAE Trade

How is it that the United Arab Emirates has become India's largest trading partner in recent years, overtaking the United States, European Union and China? An unusual pattern of two-way flows in gold, diamonds and jewellery seems to underlie the boom in bilateral trade. There is reason to suspect that some of this trade involves round tripping of merchandise and to that extent the volume of India-UAE trade may be artificially inflated.

Employment Trends in India

The findings of the Employment and Unemployment Survey 2011-12 (68th round) reveal that over nine million persons found employment between 2009-10 and 2011-12. This was characterised by some sections of the media as a "rebound" from the stagnancy between 2004-05 and 2009-10. However, our analysis shows that the average growth in employment between 2004-05 and 2011-12 remains low at 2.5 million per year. The findings also reveal that a growing proportion of the workforce is moving to non-farm activities, and a falling proportion is engaged on a casual wage.

'New Landlords'

Providing evidence that more than 90% of those whom R Vijay construes as "new landlords" are really owners of marginal and smallholdings of land, this article argues that it is important to distinguish classes on the basis of surplus and insufficient means of subsistence to understand the displacement of cultivators to the non-farm sector. It further argues that a rise in non-cultivating landed households and declining tenancy is not a paradox, but consistent with the trends in agriculture that eliminate marginal cultivators.

Bajaj Auto Workers' Agitation

Workers at the Bajaj Auto's Chakan unit in Pune stopped work for 50 days before unconditionally withdrawing the agitation on 13 August. The union made a controversial demand - cheap equity shares for its members. This article looks at this demand, the questions around the issue of going on strike (in the current economic atmosphere), the ability to sustain it and the lack of adequate state intervention.

Comparing NSSO's Employment Surveys - A Methodological Note

Correcting for an error in method, it can be shown that the National Sample Survey Organisation had underestimated employment in 2009-10 and therefore overestimated the number of jobs created between 2009-10 and 2011-12 by over 4 million, bringing the figure down from 13.9 million to around 9.35 million.

Rise of 'New Landlords'

Disagreeing with R Vijay's "Structural Retrogression and Rise of 'New Landlords' in Indian Agriculture: An Empirical Exercise" (EPW, 4 February 2012), the authors argue that the explanation for declining tenancy may not hold and that the hypothesis on the emergence of "new landlords" and the importance of tenancy can be explained by the changing terms of tenancy in the country.
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