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Politics of Vendetta

Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, who have fought a long and heroic battle to advance the cause of justice for Gujarat’s 2002 pogrom, face possible prosecution on charges of financial misappropriation. We see this as a clear case of the politics of vendetta launched with explicit intent to whitewash...

Sealing the Victory of the Corporate Sector

Between the end of voting and counting, the Congress-led government took a major decision to permit even more foreign investment in the critical pharmaceutical industry, and during those same days a Reserve Bank of India committee recommended the handover of public sector banks to the private sector.

Nirmal Chandra (1936-2014)

I knew Nirmal Kumar Chandra, who passed away recently, from 1952, when we were both students of Presidency College, and treasured him as a friend from the very beginning. The following, however, is not a personal memoir, but a feeble attempt to capture Nirmal Chandra’s distinctiveness as a scholar...

Rabindranath Tagore and the Human Condition

It is only when we grasp Rabindranath Tagore's ceaseless quest for connectivity and creativity that we can understand, however imperfectly, how he could be at one and the same time intensely secular and profoundly religious, punctilious in his public performance, yet able to portray the nonconformist in so many ways, traditional in the bedrock of his knowledge and some of his philosophical perspectives and yet more modernist than most Indian litterateurs and artists of his century and ours.

Cash Transfers and UID

We support cash transfers such as old-age pensions, widow pensions, maternity entitlements and scholarships. However, we oppose the government’s plan for accelerated mass conversion of welfare schemes to Unique Identification Authority (UID)-driven cash transfers. This plan could cause havoc and...

Coercive Modes of Payment

I have known, as a general student of capitalism and contemporary developments under the deregulated capitalist regime, how all kinds of capitalist enterprises are making enormous profits in a world mired in endemic deficiency of effective demand. Recently, however, I had a personal experience of...

Class Struggles, Ideologies, Economic Transformations and Colonialism

The Modern World-System I: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century by Immanuel Wallerstein with a new prologue (original edition, Academic Press), 1974; pp xxx + 410, $29.95. The Modern World-System II: Mercantilism and the Consolidation of the European World-Economy, 1600-1750, with a new prologue (original edition, Academic Press), 1980; pp xxvii + 370, $29.95. The Modern World-System III: The Second Era of Great Expansion of the Capitalist World-Economy, 1730s-1840s, with a new prologue (original edition, Academic Press), 1989; pp xvii + 372, $29.95. The Modern World-System IV: Centrist Liberalism Triumphant, 1789-1914, pp xvii + 377, $26.95. (All the four volumes published by University of California Press, Berkeley, California, 2011.)

Delink Entitlements

We the undersigned economists do not consider the official national poverty lines set by the Planning Commission, at Rs 32 and Rs 26 per capita per day for urban and rural areas, respectively, to be acceptable benchmarks to measure the extent of poverty in India. In any case, irrespective of the...

Commitment of a Scholar and Teacher: A Personal Tribute

Tapas Majumdar, who passed away on 15 October 2010, had an apparently paradoxical personality. He was a very private person, but intensely committed to the public purpose of eradicating illiteracy and promoting rigorous research in the arena of higher education. All his life, he also followed...

Statement on Ayodhya Verdict

The judgment delivered by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute on 30 September has raised serious concerns because of the way history, reason and secular values have been treated in it. First of all, the view that the Babri Masjid was built at...

Smooth Narrative, Spotty Scholarship

Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalisation by Nayan Chanda

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