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North East India

The Bharatiya Janata Party garnered sweeping electoral gains in the North East in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Its victory run, if it has to continue, will depend on keeping its ethno-regional allies together and divert resentment against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019.

Can Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan

Despite intensive implementation of the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan, many districts of Maharashtra are reeling under severe drought. This raises questions over the usefulness of the JSA in drought-proofing, especially in the way it is being implemented.

Assam: BJP’s Consolidation, Congress’s Lost Opportunities

In the recent Lok Sabha elections, Assam’s Hindu vote consolidation shows as the highest in the country. The elections also brought into the limelight the irrelevance of ethnicity-based regional parties and the inability of the opposition to convert the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Bill protests into votes. How and why this happened is examined here.

What Do Populist Authoritarians Do When They Rule?

In the times of the generalised ascendance of right-wing populism, it is necessary to have comparative view of right-wing governments and parties. Such an exercise would help discern common patterns of the ideological programme and political practice of these forces.

Rethinking Effective Nutrition Convergence

The National Nutrition Mission has explicitly recognised the multisectoral nature of the challenge of malnutrition and has made “convergence” one of its key pillars. However, it does not yet have sharp operational clarity on how stakeholders can ensure that multiple programmes reach the same mother–child dyad in the first 1,000-day period. The article illustrates how data on co-coverage of interventions can be used to plan for and assess the success of efforts to strengthen convergence.

A Dithering Higher Education Policy

The practices of the government in the past few years and the intent of the draft National Education Policy, 2019, seem to be in contradiction. The policy offers high ideals, but may fall short in practice, as the conflict of interest is between promoting privatisation and ensuring the public nature of education, and between market friendliness and ascertaining the interests of the people.

Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius

The judgment of the International Court of Justice in the matter of the legal impact of the separation of the Chagos archipelago from Mauritius is examined. Despite its limitations, this judgment, in the current global atmosphere of protectionism, hyper-nationalism, and fast-diminishing faith in international institutions, has some positive highlights.

Poll Perceptions and Strategies in West Bengal

The results of the recent Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal yield a number of insights. The Bharatiya Janata Party gained spectacularly, the left parties failed miserably, and the Trinamool Congress had to fight every inch of the way. How the main parties campaigned and fared is examined here.

The New Land Settlement Act in Arunachal Pradesh

The social systems of the north-eastern hill tribal communities have remained deeply embedded in their unique land relations. The emerging political economy in the region—as manifested in the various infrastructure projects, urbanisation, cash crop plantations, etc—has, however, accentuated an onslaught on these customary land relations. The new Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and Records) (Amendment) Act, 2018 has generated fresh apprehensions about further dispossession of the hill tribes.

New Reservation Policy

Is the reservation policy earmarking a 10% quota for the economically weaker sections of the “general category” empirically founded and justifiable? An analysis of 445 premier higher education institutions finds that this section of students already had about 28% of representation—that is, close to three times the proposed 10% quota—in these institutions in 2016–17. This finding raises questions as to the relevance and possible impact of the proposed policy.

Economic Nationalism in the US and India

The current governments of the United States (US) and India are both promoting economic nationalism strongly. In this article, based on our long-term ethnographic research in both countries, we compare the economic nationalist policies of the two and how these are related to the everyday lives of...

Reintroduction of the Asiatic Lion

The population of the Asiatic lion is confined only to Gujarat, and constitutes a single population that is vulnerable to extinction. In 2013, the Supreme Court directed that a second home be created for the Asiatic lion in Kuno–Palpur Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. However, no concrete steps have been taken in this direction.On the contrary, regressive policy changes have been carried out with the clear objective of undermining the Supreme Court’s judgment.

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