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Urban Governance and Right to the City

The right to the city means more than just access to its resources. It suggests that people, particularly the marginalised, not only have the right to inhabit a city, but also the right to design, reshape and transform it. An analysis of urban governance in our country keeping in mind this overlooked human right.

Learning to Read, Reading to Know

For an enlightened culture to emerge, both the state and civil society should aim to overcome the narrowing of identities by promoting, especially among children, the habit of reading and knowing the larger world.

Agricultural Marketing System and Adthidars

The conditions that the authors of “Commission Agent System: Significance in Contemporary Agricultural Economy of Punjab” (EPW, 7 November 2015) recount also hold true of other states. In Telangana, the commission agents, adthidars , virtually control agrarian markets. Some solution must be found...

Word Wars

The disputation over Telugu highlights the need to protect our linguistic integrity and federal diversity in the face of the hegemony of a few globalised languages.

Education Does Have a Role

This is with reference to the editorial “Burying Grass-roots Democracy” (EPW , 10 October 2015). While one does agree that educational cut-offs should not be a qualifying criterion for participation in elections, particularly in a country where educational inequality also happens to be coeval with...

Whose Language Is It Anyway?

The political games played with our regional/vernacular languages is a matter of serious concern. The distortion of Telugu, for example, by both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh news media is a cause for concern. While the accent/dialect of Telugu spoken in both the new states differs, and there have...

RTE in Karnataka

The resistance and refusal of private schools in Karnataka to admit children applying to them under the right to education (RTE) quota is appalling. The private schools are finding all possible means to deny admission to students from poorer sections. This state of affairs defeats the very purpose...

Civil Society Activism

This is a comment with regard to the “Perspectives on Civil Society” by Neera Chandhoke (“Can Civil Society Reorder Priorities in India?”) and Mihir Shah (“Civil Society and Indian Demo­cracy: Possibilities of Social Transformation”) (both in EPW, 22 February 2014). It appears that they have two...

Jos Mooij - II

Jos Mooij’s work at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad was remarkable. In addition to conducting workshops on policy processes in Hyderabad during the heyday of Chandrababu Naidu’s neo-liberalism, she also published an extraordinary edited volume Politics of Economic Reforms in...

A Tale of Many Cities

Urban governance under the 74th Amendment Act has been ignored in Karnataka. A study of Dharwad district shows that the Act is not implemented in letter and spirit and governance and planning is done through a small section in the deputy commissioner's/collector's office and has no links with the chief planning office in the zilla panchayat.

Making Panchayats Accountable

While democratic institutions and democratic practice are important for good governance, the latter is not guaranteed by the former. In the context of panchayati raj institutions, strengthening people's participation in the gram sabha is a critical prerequisite for making panchayats accountable to people. The arguments in this paper are drawn from experience in mobilising and studying gram sabhas in select locations in Andhra Pradesh.

Emergence of Backward Castes in South Telengana

Studies of two villages from Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, tell us a story of the emergence of backward castes in local politics. These unirrigated villages have not seen green revolution or any improvement in agricultural technology, which has prevented the strengthening of earlier class/caste power structure. It has allowed backward castes to improve their position socially and also in landownership.
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