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Land Acquisition and National Highways

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has embarked on a grand project of four- and/or six-laning of the existing roads to a target of 14,000 km, especially the east-west and north-south corridors.

Out of Bounds

This is with reference to the article by A G Noorani on foreign scholars and the government (September 23). Noorani has quoted from Paul Brass' report on the supposedly banned topics for foreign scholars. However, foreign scholars are not the only ones discriminated against.

Crisis of Indian Anthropology

Anthropology in India has failed to evolve its own distinct identity. While the global anthropological enterprise in the past four decades has largely shifted from description of unique, small, isolated groups to analytical, problem-oriented research, useful for cross-cultural comparison, anthropology in India still follows the colonial anthropologists' footsteps of studying marginalised peoples and their process of integration into the 'mainstream'. Poverty of ideas in anthropology will be overcome if Indian practitioners learn to identify plethora of social problems afflicting Indian society, and operationalise and actualise ideas in response to them.

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