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Neighbourhood-scale Residential Segregation in Indian Metros

Residential segregation studies in Indian cities have relied on ward-level data. For a typical ward, the neighbourhood–ward dissimilarity index is greater than the ward–city dissimilarity index. Using 2011 enumeration block-level census data for five major cities in India—Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai—it is shown how patterns of caste-based urban residential segregation operate in contemporary India. The first visual snapshot of caste-based residential segregation in an Indian city is presented using geo-referenced enumeration block-level data for Bengaluru.

Faculty Diversity at the Indian Institutes of Management

A look at the social composition of faculty members at the Indian Institutes of Management reveals that the faculty body at these institutions is drawn from a very narrow spectrum of Indian society. The recently proposed legislation that will convert IIMs into full-fledged universities offers a canvas for public deliberation on the question of social diversity at these institutions of higher learning.

Social Ecology of Domestic Water Use in Bangalore

The rapid growth of urban India has added new saliency to the resource conflict between the burgeoning cities and village India that continues to be the home for vast majority of Indians. Cities, like living organisms, depend on external metabolic flows to keep them alive. Among all the metabolic flows of matter and energy none is more important than water - especially water used for meeting basic drinking water and other domestic consumption needs. This paper develops a metabolic framework for domestic water use in Bangalore, one of the fastest growing urban agglomerations in India. Our urban metabolism framework treats the city as a tightly-coupled social-ecological system and shows that a spatially explicit understanding of consumption patterns is crucial to addressing three central aspects of the water conundrum - equity, ecological sustainability and economic efficiency.

Tackling Water Conundrums

In his review of Jayanta Bandyopadhyay’s Water, Ecosystems and Society: A Confluence of Disciplines (EPW, 5 December 2009), Ramaswamy R Iyer, while being generally appreciative of the book, picks up some quibbles with the author. The first, and I believe, the most important question raised by...

Valuing Nature: Technocratic Governance vs Democratic Deliberation

Valuing Nature: Technocratic Governance vs Democratic Deliberation Deepak Malghan Even a beginner in economics, who does not have to study the broad contours of the history of economic thought these days, however, recognises the spectacular achievement of neoclassical economics in resolving the so-called diamond-water paradox. Why does diamond, which unlike water is not critical for survival, command a higher price? Classical economists like Adam Smith, who believed in a labour theory of value, tried to resolve this paradox by distinguishing between

Material and Moral Foundations of India's Africa Policy

India's Africa policy should be moored in values that address the tremendous socio-economic challenges in the continent and not in a crass geopolitical/material game for control of resources.

Building a Creative Freedom

Joseph Cornelius Kumarappa (1892-1960) was a pioneering economic philosopher and architect of the Gandhian rural economics programme. Largely forgotten today, Kumarappa's life-work constitutes a large body of writings and a rich record of public service, both of profound significance. A critical intellectual engagement with his life-work can shed new light on some of the most fundamental constituents of the human economic predicament, and also contribute to a more nuanced understanding of one of the most fecund periods in modern Indian history.
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