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Error in Editorial

The editorial “Limits of the SECC Data” (EPW, 18 July 2015) has raised pertinent issues. It has been rightly observed that it was somewhat unusual to see the Union Minister of Finance, rather than the Union Minister of Rural Development, holding centre stage at the release event because its...

Hisar Elections

The outcome of a bye-election cannot become an indicator of either a loss or gain in the popular standing of a political party (“The Hisar Bye-elections: Myth and Reality”, EPW, 12 November 2011). Quantifying this with the number of polled votes and with socially gathered impressions can prove...

The Hisar Bye-elections: Myth and Reality

Caste polarisation - a retrograde development in Haryana politics - and negative perceptions of the Congress government's governance in the state were the key reasons for the defeat of the ruling party candidate in the recently held parliamentary bye-elections in Hisar in October 2011. Unlike what the electronic media projected it to be, the much touted anti-corruption issue and the Anna Hazare campaign were barely relevant factors.

Academic Dishonesty

The stimulating letter entitled “Keynes and PhDs” by Anand Chandavarkar (12 March 2011) published in “Letters” read with “How Does the System Encourage Academic Dishonesty?” (19 February 2011) and “Riot of Researchers” (19 August 2006), both by Rajeshwari Deshpande, can restart an interesting...

The Need to Tame the Khap Panchayats

It will require a concerted effort by the polity, civil society and media to take on the khap panchayats, an anachronistic institution that derives its legitimacy from a feudal past. Instead, due to electoral considerations, the polity in states like Haryana has bowed to the clout of these khaps and has even provided them overt and covert support.
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