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Holy Cow

EPW has done a great service by reprinting in the Web Exclusives ( http://www.epw.in/glimpses-past/demand-total-ban-cow-slaughter-kerala-an... ) the thoughts of K N Raj from 1979 on the long-standing contentious issue of cow slaughter in India. If one reads his article with a rational mindset one...

Regarding Beef Ban

The recent ban on cow slaughter in Maharashtra, expanded to include both cows and bulls, has caused a commotion in several quarters. This is already affecting the leather industry from Mumbai to Chennai. I would suggest that the various governments and related public bodies in India should promote...

Universal Music

I read the article of Meenal Annachhatre on commercialisation of Yoga (“Has the Yo Gone Out of Yoga?”, EPW, 29 November 2014) with great interest. I agree with the analysis but do not agree with the implied intentions. Here I would like to draw a parallel from Indian classical music. I discussed...

Modi Will Not Speak Out

I was pained to read the editorial urging the Prime Minster of India, Narendra Modi, to speak out against those who are dividing the present India ("Will Narendra Modi Speak Out?", EPW, 13 December 2014). My gut feeling is that Modi will not speak out against those people because those are the...

Vidarbha

The creation of Vidarbha is a long- standing demand of the people of the six districts of that region. When I was studying the cotton sector in Vidarbha during 1977-81, I had an opportunity to see in depth all the districts of Vidarbha and enjoy the hospitality of the local people. With the...

Meat and Milk Sector

I am not sure if the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) chief has contemplated the implications of his aadesh (order) to ban the meat exports from India, this in his annual address on 3 October 2014 on the day of the Vijayadasami festival. India is a significant exporter of meat, which is basically...

Genetically-Modified Crops

I am shocked to read the editorial “Modi and Modified Crops” (26 July 2014) on the subject of genetically-modified (GM) crops, which comes close to saying that even research on GM crops should be postponed and virtually banned. There are several scientists in India and abroad who have no political...

Two Concerns

EPW’s editorial “Anger, Aspiration, Apprehension” (24 May 2014) has correctly raised serious concerns about the prime minister elect from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Narendra Modi. Apart from the influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in politics, at this stage I have two more concerns about...

Bihari-Burmese and the Pulse Trade

During my stay from 27 February to 3 March 2014 in Myanmar (Burma), I met several traders dealing in pulse export. My interest stemmed from the fact that India has a huge deficit in pulses even as it has a surplus in cereals. From an article published by Gurushri Swamy (“Will Indians Stop Eating...

Nehru in Chongqing

In one of his last articles in EPW, the China scholar, late G P Deshpande (“Celebrating Nehru? Well, Almost”, EPW, 15 December 2012) had informed readers that China is opening some kind of museum on Jawaharlal Nehru. I was in China from 7 to 13 February 2014 and took out two days to visit Chongqing...

Freedom from Blind Belief

The Government of Maharashtra’s decision to issue an ordinance against various aspects of religious blind faith is an absolutely welcome one. It gives a great honour to the efforts and sacrifice made by Narendra Dabholkar. Other states too should learn from the history behind this decision and...

Leapfrog to Conscious Capitalism

In his interesting article (“From Trickle Down to Leapfrog”, EPW, 15 June 2013), Frederic Landy proposes a subsidy scheme for dry land farmers growing organic food. This is a good idea but its objective can also be achieved by involving the private corporate sector. In the United States, the Whole...

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