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On ‘Evergreen’ Revolution

This is with reference to the letter “ ‘Evergreen’ Revolution” by Jaydev Jana (EPW, 28 May 2016). He has aptly praised the role of technology in increasing agricultural production. But, mere increase in production using technology is not the panacea for the problems of agricultural development. As...

On Falling Flyovers

The article, “Why Flyovers Will Fall: Decline of the Civil Engineering Profession in India” by Shirish B Patel (EPW, 14 May 2016) is an eye-opener. “The collapse of a flyover under construction in Kolkata on 31 March killed 26 people and injured 90” (p 32). This is the result of an age-old practice...

Cattle Tattle

“Extension education” in agriculture is useful in teaching farmers to learn by doing, as one veterinarian discovered in rural Bengal.

Learning from Gandhi

It was enlightening to read the article “Gandhi before Gandhi: Two Little Prehistories of the Great Soul” (EPW, 26 July 2014) by Sumanyu Satpathy. It throws light on little-known aspects of the Gandhian philosophy and his ideas related to charkha, khadi and swadeshi. It is thought-provoking to know...

Some Clarity Please

The Economic & Political Weekly is to be appreciated for launching “an occasional column that will take a ‘tongue-in-cheek look’ at economics and society” (“The View from Above,” Postscript, 4 April 2015). On 16 May 2015, in an effort to impart complex ideas as simply as possible, in this...

Cleaning the Ganga: An Alternative Approach

The suggestions of Vijay Jagannathan on “Cleaning the Ganga River: What Needs To Be Done Differently” (EPW, 13 September 2014) are actually not “different” as claimed. And, even if different, they are easier said than done. Let me share my experience about the fate of the river Adi Ganga. I have...

On Open Defecation

Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey are appreciated for their holistic analysis of the issue of “Open Defecation in India” (EPW, 6 December 2014). However, there are certain issues which need further debate and scrutiny. The authors are aware of the issue of Western bias, when they state, “Is this not...

More Regarding Beef Ban

The logic of Chandrashekhar G Ranade in favour of “zero-till agriculture” in response to the ban on cow slaughter is paradoxical and biased (“Regarding Beef Ban,” EPW, 14 March 2015). First, according to him, the ban on cow slaughter is adversely affecting the leather industry. How does a ban on...

Whither 498A?

The arguments of Indira Jaising (“Concern for the Dead, Condemnation for the Living”, EPW, 26 July 2014) on the Supreme Court ruling about increasing misuse of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) are biased. Mentioning the Supreme Court’s observation, Indira Jaising writes, “When faced with...
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