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Presidential (Im)propriety

This letter is written in the hope that it will provoke discussion on an important issue. Is the President of India not expected to project a secular and neutral image as far as public religious observance is concerned? The question is raised in a specific context. On 27 July, the President visited...

Why the Census Should Not Count Caste

A response to the article "The Politics of Not Counting Caste" (EPW, 19 June 2010) and the editorial "Why We Must Count Caste" (22 May) on caste in the 2011 Census, contesting the main arguments therein on the need to enumerate all castes during the enumeration.

The Unveiled Statues of Bangalore and Chennai: What Do They Reveal?

After lying covered for nearly 20 years, the statues of the Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar and the Kannada poet Sarvajna were unveiled in August in Bangalore and Chennai, respectively. Considering the strained relations between the two states over sharing the Cauvery waters, which has led to anti-Tamil violence in Bangalore on two occasions, and the militant stance of the pro-Kannadiga organisations in the Karnataka capital, how and why did the chief ministers of the two states, particularly B S Yeddyurappa of Karnataka, pilot this event successfully?

Bilingual Intellectuals in Karnataka

This is a brief response to Ramachandra Guha’s “The Rise and Fall of the Bilingual Intellectual” (EPW, 15 August 2009). Guha has written with that lucidity and felicitous tone which he has accustomed us to expect from him. But, I think, a couple of points in his paper invite comment. And they...

Higher Education

Higher Education An Alternative Perspective V K NATRAJ There have been two interesting pieces in these columns relating to higher education (Rishikesh Krishna, April 23 and A M Shah, May 28 and also a letter, June 11, 2005). Shah

State and Society in India: Porous Boundary

The Everyday State and Society in Modern India edited by C J Fuller and Veronique Benei, Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2000; pp xi + 220, Rs 465.

Social Science: Dialogue for Revival

This paper takes an overview of a recently organised seminar at MIDS on the state of social science research in India. Besides focusing on the ills that beset social science research at present, more important was the realisation that social science had to be 're-rooted' in the light of everyday experience and the need for researchers to reach beyond the boundaries of their own discipline and arrive at a meaningful dialogue with other disciplines.

Political Decentralisation and Development Models

The proposed 87th Constitution amendment bill and its countrycousin the Andhra Pradesh Ordinance have highlighted once again something which has characterised the entire history of political decentralisation in India: the link between decentralisation and the model of development pursued at a given point of time.

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