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India's Water Policies Are Gender Blind

Do water policies recognise the differential requirements and usages of water by women and the importance of adequate availability and accessibility?

India Spends Far Too Little on the Social Sector: A Reading List

On 20 December 2017, sixty development economists wrote to the Financial Minister, Arun Jaitley, to draw his attention to urgent priorities for the forthcoming budget — social security pensions and maternity entitlements — for the forthcoming budget. They remarked that the central government's contribution has been "extraordinarily stingy". We produce a reading list of EPW articles which provide data and research insights into the state of social sector spending in India.

Breaking Down Babri: The Event, the Aftermath, The Verdict

India changed as a nation with the destruction of the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992. The events of the day have not only permeated the social and political fabric of the country, they unfurled a series of events that have led to the creation of a new normal. We trace the 28 years that created this normal, through 19 articles, the first one written in 1989:

Chennai Rains: Why Do Our Cities Keep Drowning?

A recurring theme when instances of flooding take place, is to refer to them as “natural” disasters, when in reality they are linked to dismal governance of water-systems in our cities, lakebed and wetland encroachment and poor disaster preparedness.

Two Narratives about Bt Cotton: Technological Triumph or Abject Failure?

Since 2002, there have been two threads of dissent regarding Bt Cotton. One paints it as a triumph for farmers, resulting in higher yields and returns while the other, the “anti-GMO” (genetically modified organism) narrative has claimed that Bt seeds are akin to “suicide seeds,” responsible for debt, despair and suicide. This compilation examines these twin narratives and also attempts to trace this the history of Bt Cotton in India including studies examining its economic viability and efficacy.

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