ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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On Saffron Demography

Beginning as early as 1909 when the book Hindus: A Dying Race helped Hindu communalists knit antagonistic castes together by creating anxiety about Muslims, saffron demography has sought to whip up fears of a very high rate of Muslim population growth. That this kind of "demography" suffers from serious methodological, philosophical and empirical problems does not deter its practitioners from declaring a "demographic war" and enjoining Hindus not to go in for planned parenthood.

The Shadow of Hyde

There has been a great deal of discussion about the Hyde Act in regard to nuclear issues. What is not often enough stated is that there also exists something called the Hyde amendment that has already affected US policies for a number of years. If the Hyde amendment is anything to go by, it is...

The Privatisation Fetish

NHS-PLC: The Privatisation of Our Healthcare by Allyson M Pollock; Verso, London, 2004; MOHAN RAO This is an extraordinary book, written with commitment and occasional passion, but at all times with care for facts. It is carefully written and well argued, and presents us with a narrative difficult to believe: the dismantling of the National Health Services in Britain, the actors involved, their ideologies and the effects on population health. What is difficult to believe is the sheer

Abiding Appeal of Neo-Malthusianism

The belief that population growth lies at the heart of a range of social and economic problems enjoys widespread appeal. What explains the enormous appeal of this argument? Is it propaganda? Does it stem from other atavistic anxieties about tribe and race? Or is it because of its evident simplicity in explaining a deeply fractured world?

Two-Child Norm and Panchayats

The Haryana legislation, now upheld by the Supreme Court debarring those with more than two children from contesting panchayat elections, is a serious misreading of the relationship between population and resources and an egregious assault on the process of democratisation. The law selectively affects socially and economically deprived groups, given that it is they who register higher fertility rates.

`Scientific' Racism : A Tangled Skein

Ideas of race have insidiously entered the construction of communalism in our country, while ideas of eugenics, the `science' of race, inform a number of policies related both to population programmes and reservations for the dalits and backward classes. How has this come about?

Population Policies: States Approve Coercive Measures

With states evolving independent policies which appear to be contradicting the National Population Policy's core statement regarding the government's commitment to a target-free approach to family planning, the World Population Day saw the launch of a broad-based campaign of protest.

Politics of Reproduction

for all men and women? Or do they tram- Politics of Reproduction mel the poor, shackling them in newer New Reproductive Technologies, Women

National Population Policy 2000: Re-examining Critical Issues

With many states now having evolved and announced state population policies, there is a need to examine their links with the central policy and also to take a closer look at the experience of implementing the policy. While there has been some change in the content of the policy the blinkered vision on population and people's needs continues to be evident.

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