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

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Consumer Protection Act

Twenty-five years after the Consumer Protection Act was put in place as a uniquely beneficial social legislation offering "simple, speedy and inexpensive" redressal, all three characteristics seem to have disappeared. Amendments to the Act now being proposed will further erode consumers' rights instead of addressing existing lacunae.

Affirmative Action

Mandatory affirmative action draws resentment from well-entrenched interests whether it is the US or India, as the American Economic Association's attempt to drop the equal opportunities clause from its job advertisement shows.

Lessons from Latur

Six years after the 1993 earthquake, Maharashtra government officially declared relief and rehabilitation operations 'complete' in the devastated districts. However, a visit to these areas reveals the gaps between official claims and ground realities. Most rehabilitation work has ignored people's basic needs. Healing the physical and emotional trauma that has affected most people, especially women, remains to be addresed.
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