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Ashok Mitra (1928–2018)

Ashok Mitra remained arekrakam (of another kind), insisting that the left could only survive and thrive if it does not abandon its ideology and principled politics. This Arekrakam legacy he leaves behind—als0 in the form of the journal he established by the same name—will remain a powerful inspiration for all efforts to resuscitate and rejuvenate the left movement in Bengal and elsewhere.

Declassification of Census Towns in West Bengal

Eighty-one new census towns in West Bengal are on the verge of declassification in the 2021 Census. This must not be understood to mean that non-farm workers are moving into farm activities. Rather, evidences suggest that growth of farm employment has simply outpaced that of non-farm employment in these new census towns and is possibly the reason behind their imminent declassification. The case of Patuli, which is only considered as an example, shows that non-farm activities, especially trading, are witnessing a fall-off phase and that it failed to expand owing to the loss of its market town/rural service centre character over time, goaded by some local factors. This has led to the subsequent inability to generate sufficient full-time jobs at Patuli. More studies are required to build a comprehensive outlook on the policy measures required to preserve the role of these new census towns as market towns and/or rural service centres in the future.

Growth, Imports and Inequality

One of the striking features of the Indian economy in recent years has been a sharp rise in the share of the trade deficit in the gross domestic product. While the period of high GDP growth was characterised by an even faster widening of the trade deficit, the subsequent slowdown has not reduced the deficit proportionately. The widening of the trade deficit in GDP has been primarily due to a similar rise in the import-GDP ratio. One of the main reasons for the rise in the import-GDP ratio, and the persistence of a high trade deficit is rising inequality in the economy.

Tripura's Tryst with Literacy

Tripura’s achievement in ensuring near full literacy is a consequence of initiatives taken at the level of governance, peoples’ participation and political will.

Fiscal Problem in West Bengal

The fiscal picture in West Bengal is characterised by a high debt-gross state domestic product ratio (the second highest in the country among the non-special category states) and a low own tax revenue-GSDP ratio (the lowest in the country). This paper attempts to understand the reasons for these twin features which underlie the fiscal stress in the state.

Destructive Politics

This is in response to the editorial (“Republic Killing Its Own Children, EPW, 10 December 2011) on the killing of Maoist leader Kishenji. While questions regarding the circumstances leading to his death and the legality of the action of the security forces remain, those cannot be used to glorify...

Employment in India: What Does the Latest Data Show?

The 66th round National Sample Survey Organisation data (2009-10) on the employment situation paints a grim picture of a limited creation of jobs between 2004-05 and 2009-10, widespread withdrawal from the labour force (especially by women) and slow growth of employment in the non-agricultural sector. The shift to education among the youth is a positive development but does not by itself explain the decline of the labour force participation rate.

Role of Treaties in Facilitating Nepal's Trade with India

Concessions offered to Nepal under various Indo-Nepal trade treaties are transitory in nature and do not contribute to long-term growth of the economy of the Himalayan country or to sustainable trade between the two countries. The scope of the existing treaties needs to be widened for greater Indo-Nepal economic cooperation.
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