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Hindutva and Cow Protection

The politics of food by banning beef is a new ploy by Hindutva groups. Gayatri Nair has rightly pointed that out in her article, “The Bitter Aftertaste of Beef Ban: ‘Choice,’ Caste and Consumption” (EPW, 5 March 2016) . Hindu groups in villages of West Bengal regardless of caste sell their cattle...

Vicious Cycle of Stigma

“Is a Ragpicker’s Child Likely To Be a Ragpicker?” by Venkatesh Murthy R (EPW, 27 February 2016) reminds me of children of female sex workers in red-light areas. Ragpicking, sex work, and so forth (as parental occupations) are considered a stigma by mainstream ­society. In female sex worker...

No Educational Loans for SCs

The participation of Scheduled Castes (SCs) or socially backward students in higher education (professional/technical in government or private colleges) is perhaps far below expectations. The reasons behind this are rightly analysed by Govardhan Wankhede in his article, “Higher Education and the...

Patient Capital

It is evident that “strengthening the existing government health system would be more effective than scaling up the health insurance model” (“Health Insurance, Health Access and Financial Risk Protection” by Shailender Kumar Hooda, EPW, 12 December 2015). Good health is most valued by any...

Accepting Their 'Fate'

In the article “Transgenders and the Mainstream” (EPW, 28 November 2015), G Karunanithi has referred to the efforts to ensure civil rights for transgenders in Tamil Nadu and pointed out that it was due to the joint efforts of the state government and the transgender community that had led to some...
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