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Where Women Prevail

This article examines the detailed data on households as per the census figures of 2001, in particular, women-headed households. The reasons behind women heading households range from sociological to economic.

Empowering Soliga Tribes

The work in the B R Hills of Karnataka by H Sudarshan, a medical doctor, on the primary healthcare of the Soliga tribes is a rare example of the role of equity, social justice, maximum community participation and empowerment of the people, in addition to the encouragement of indigenous and traditional systems of medicine, in a successful community health programme.

Revisiting Ground Zero

The panel commissioned by the US government to study the safety of towers in the future has called for major changes in the planning, construction and operation of skyscrapers to withstand terrorist attacks and natural calamities. Can the terrorist attacks of September 2001 be repeated, when terrorists have options like smuggling a nuclear bomb in a suitcase in some corner of a vast country? The US has become a vulnerable country and it is not enough to strike at the fundamentalists in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Focus on Corruption in Mega Cities

in Mega Cities Mega City Governance in South Asia: A Comprehensive Study by Kamal Siddiqui, Archana Ghosh, Sharit K Bhowmik, Sahid A Siddiqui, Madhulika Mitra, Shuchi Kapuria, Nilay Ranajan and Jamshed Ahmed; The University Press, Dhaka, 2004;

Beyond Hindu-Muslim Growth Rates

It is important to go beyond the population growth rate figures of Hindus and Muslims and give a thought to other demographic, economic and social variables. From a study of the census data from 49 districts around the country with a substantial Muslim population, it appears that more than religion, it is the geographical location and economic conditions prevailing there that influence the condition of the people.

Afghan Refugees in India

The story of Afghan refugees in India, mainly Sikh and Hindu families now settled in Delhi, is one of a hardy and enterprising people who have survived in spite of the government's indifference to their plight. The Indian bureaucracy has remained largely indifferent to the complex issues involved and the need for review of India's long-standing ambiguity over a refugee policy. As a refugee-prone area, south Asia and chiefly India, needs to devise a regional policy consistent with the region's needs and the capacity to absorb refugees while ensuring them equity.

Census Goldmine

While technology allows dissemination of census information via the internet, for many others, texts of the census tables remain unavailable. Part of the blame lies with the office of the registrar general which has done little to modernise its work or publicise its efforts.

Malaria Deaths in Rajasthan Desert

Malaria deaths are on the rise in the desert districts of Rajasthan despite the impressive control programmes. Mobile health workers on the lines of the territorial army's eco-battalion may be more successful in controlling the rampancy of malaria

Towards Gender-Sensitive Population Census

Most south Asian census exercises reveal the abysmal absence of women. Female work participation rates record low rates though women have a notable presence in the agricultural and household sector. A recent conference that looked at census operations across the countries in south and west Asia highlighted the need to conduct census operations characterised by gender sensitivity.

Hunger-free India by 2007

The recent food security summit held in New Delhi laid down a road map for attaining this goal. India possesses the technical competence and expertise to make it happen. What it lacks is good governance.

HDRs: Some Reflections

If the UNDP withdraws its technical and financial support for the HDRs, will the states go ahead and prepare these reports?

Population Research:Deteriorating Scholarship

The census is one of the largest single sources of information on the life of India's one billion-plus people - a gold mine of data. But who will do the mining? Researchers on demography are so caught up in data collection exercises that analysis of the large data sets already available has been grossly neglected.


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