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Ethnicity, Religion, and Identity Politics among Tribes in Jharkhand

The underlying causes for the ethnic, religious, and political divides among the tribals of Jharkhand have been examined. Tribal leaders have failed in uniting the tribal society of Jharkhand, leading to divisive and fragmented politics among them. The tribal leaders of today need to realise and understand that any further divide will weaken their collective voice and identity.

Constitutional Rights of Atheists and Non-believers

Though atheism has been socially prevalent in India, it has remained a grey area in the legal context. There are no specific laws catering to atheists and they are considered as belonging to the religion of their birth. The Constitution provides for “freedom of conscience” under Article 25 since 1950, but constitutional rights of “non-believers” were never substantiated by courts until recently.

The Emergence of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 is more fully understood in the context of three key developments: the political and legal challenges to Aadhaar, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, and the “tech-lash” against the dominance of some of the largest United States-based tech companies at the expense of the domestic industry. In the bill, the interplay between these distinct pieces of context explains why there is work to be done to improve this bill in its journey to becoming a law.

Role of Dams in Kerala’s Flood Disaster

During the July–August 2018 floods in Kerala, basic norms were violated in the management of dams, which, if operated prudently, could have alleviated the magnitude of the disaster. In this context, a strategy for the management of dams to mitigate similar disasters has been outlined.

Somnath Chatterjee (1929–2018)

Somnath Chatterjee’s demise on 13 August 2018 saw politicians across party lines unanimously grieving the loss of this stalwart parliamentarian who had inherited the ideology of liberal democracy and nurtured it all through his long and eventful political career.

AYUSH and Health Services

Maharashtra’s policies for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) professionals are discriminatory, allowing them to engage in “mixed practice” and recruiting them either as paramedics or as administrators in the general health services system, without ensuring equal status with their allopathic counterparts. It is in this context that the nature of engagement of AYUSH professionals with the state health system is examined.

Redefining the Purpose and Rules of Shelters

There are no easy short-term solutions to the abysmal functioning of shelter homes for women and children in India. But regular social audits are a vital starting point and should be part of every state’s monitoring and awareness raising mechanism. The information now available on the number, location, who can access shelters and what facilities exist at each one, should be available in one place to facilitate action. Also, the purpose behind setting up these shelter homes should be examined and redefined.

Trade Wars of the United States

Providing a structural context to the trade imbalances of the United States, which has stirred President Donald Trump into authorising a series of potentially catastrophic retaliatory actions, this article describes the bare bones of US’s actions and the likely impact on the global economy and institutions like the World Trade Organization.

Kerala’s Flood Disaster

In the event of devastating floods in Kerala, what would be the impact on migration and remittances, and what role can the diaspora play in the reconstruction of the state? Migration, as a livelihood strategy, is expected to increase in the aftermath of floods as people try to mitigate economic loss and uncertainty.

What Does It Take to Stabilise India’s Sugar Market?

While growing sugar cane as a commercial crop could be one of the effective tools for doubling farmer income, bold policy alternatives are needed to make it a reality. In this context, this article sheds some light on the consequences of the removal of restriction on direct sugar use as feedstock for ethanol production for overall domestic sugar demand.

Crop Residue Burning

Are the ongoing debates on solutions to crop residue burning marred by policy confusion? While bio-compressed natural gas and ethanol producers want farmers to collect paddy straw from their farms to be supplied to plant locations, another lobby of machine sellers wants the straw to be processed in the fields itself. Would the success of one commercial proposition lead to the failure of the other?

Remembering Fakruddin H Bennur

Fakruddin H Bennur was the driving force behind the Muslim Marathi Sahitya Parishad and Muslim Other Backward Classes’ movement in Maharashtra. He sought to counter the communal distortion of Indian history by questioning its assumptions rooted in orientalist historiography. Debunking the view that Muslims in India are a homogeneous monolith, he emphasised the regional, linguistic, cultural diversities and traditions of syncretism.

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