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

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Death in Police Custody

We have watched with disgust and horror the brutal police assault on students during a peaceful demonstration organised by four Left students’ organisations on 2 April 2013 in Kolkata and the subsequent death of Sudipta Gupta, a participant in the demonstration, while in police custody. Sudipta was...

Role of Economic Instruments in Mitigating Carbon Emissions

This paper first analyses the pattern of energy usage in India and the implications thereof relating to carbon emissions. Second, it examines whether pricing and taxation policies have any role to play in mitigating carbon emissions from industrial usage in important energy products. The paper shows that the pattern of energy usage exhibits a shift towards non-coal based energy products. It also suggests that the extent of carbon emission reduction is not substantial enough to warrant the use of carbon taxation for mitigating emissions.

Primary Education in Jharkhand

This paper details the results of a survey conducted in selected areas of Jharkhand's Dumka district. While inadequate infrastructure and the lack of teachers affect the quality of teaching, poverty is responsible for the alarming rates of non-enrolment, dropouts and poor attendance of pupils. Scheduled tribe children are particularly at a disadvantage as education is not imparted in their mother tongue. The state of primary education, as this paper suggests, needs a multi-pronged effort to ensure its greater effectiveness. While the government can step in with incentives such as midday meal schemes, community participation in the governance of the primary schooling system has to be ensured.
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