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Public Provisioning for Social Protection and Its Implications for Food Security

Persistent hunger and pervasive malnutrition are serious problems in the developing world. Recent literature suggests that well-designed public policies towards provisioning of social protection/security and strengthening of support measures to smallholder agriculture appear to be effective in reducing hunger and malnutrition. An investigation of the role of public provisioning on social protection in combating hunger using the recent evidence for 64 countries in the global South makes a strong case for a substantial push in public provisioning in favour of social protection, which, along with other policy measures, could play a vital role in strengthening national food security. Further, low levels of per capita income must not become an excuse for addressing the most basic human needs, as adequate fiscal space can be created even at low levels of income.

Obituaries

T S Papola(1941–2015) In the passing away of T S Papola on 23 November 2015 at the age of 74, India has lost an erudite scholar and arguably its most prominent labour economist. In his career, spanning over 50 years, he served in many institutions beginning with Lucknow University, and then the...

Obituary

T S Papola(1941–2015) In the passing away of T S Papola on 23 November 2015 at the age of 74, India has lost an erudite scholar and arguably its most prominent labour economist. In his career, spanning over 50 years, he served in many institutions beginning with Lucknow University, and then the...

The Agrarian Question in the 21st Century

Drawing from the late Archie Mafeje's work and revolutionary spirit, this article revisits the "classical" agrarian question and responds to scholars who argue that the "agrarian question is dead"--indeed, those who feel that "we have been liberated from the constraints of agriculture, land and nature." Far from being dead, it is argued that the agrarian question remains real to people's politics in the 21st century and will remain so, especially in the global South where rural movements are finding alternative ways to wrestle monopoly-finance capital that continues to run amok.

Prospects of Right to Education in Manipur

State, Civil Society and Right to Education by Jeebanlata Salam, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2013; pp xv+258, Rs 795.

Assessing Progress on Universal Elementary Education in India

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 promises free and compulsory education to all children in the age group of 6-14 years. But the way this critical entitlement is being implemented leaves much to be desired. Apart from there being glaring gaps in the provisions of the Act, its implementation challenges have plagued the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the programme that is aimed at ushering in quality elementary education for all. The problems are many, and this paper observes that most of them can be connected to inadequate funds. It concludes that the best way of ensuring that the Act's aims are fulfilled is to bring in a common school system based on neighbourhood schools that replaces the bewildering variety of indifferent institutions we now have.

Securing Food for All

Despite many valid recommendations put forward by relevant committees as well as by independent researchers, the public distribution system continues to suffer from several inherent and systemic fl aws. Instead of addressing the problems encountered by the present system, policymakers are again attempting to resort to another version of targeted provisioning. By assessing important implications relating to various dimensions of the proposed National Food Security Bill 2011, this article focuses on the issues of fi nancing for ensuring reasonable food security for all in the country.

Right to Education Act 2009: Critical Gaps and Challenges

After the many rounds of drafting and redrafting that went into the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009, it was hoped that the Act would be an effective instrument for any child to demand her basic entitlement. Yet, a close look at the provisions reveals disconcerting features.

Withering Commitments and Weakening Progress

There is a weakening of progress in the education sector on several key dimensions during the reforms period. An analysis of budgetary provisions during the last decade in elementary, secondary and higher education, and certain significant institutional changes reveals a number of negative developments. The weakening of progress and the negative developments are organically connected with the neoliberal policies pursued by successive governments.

Devil Take the Hindmost-Economic Reforms and Agricultural Labourers

All the indicators relating to the well-being of agricultural labourers indicate that the new economic policy has only worsened their plight But official publications and statements continue to hide the distressing ground reality.

On an Aspect of Marxist Method

The difficulties in interpreting the writings of Marx has led to a bewildering variety of forms and a large body of knowledge has been created over the past century and a half. Of necessity Marxism has been ever evolving
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