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Compulsory Heterosexuality, Gender, and Sexual Minorities

The recent ruling that decriminalised provisions of Section 377 has posed a serious challenge to the existing hierarchies of compulsory heterosexuality and gender.

‘Environment’ in the Election Manifestos

Implementation of the environmental agendas put forward in the election manifestos of 2014 of eight major political parties is found to be unsatisfactory. There is a need for more synergy between the election agendas and their implementation to tackle environmental issues and the impacts of climate change.

Mumbai’s Blinkered Vision of Development

Drawing on a discussion of five infrastructure projects in Mumbai, the lack of comprehensive focus in policy on environmental issues is highlighted. A project-wise focus and an unsustainable pattern of urbanisation have distanced the city development plans of Mumbai from achieving essential, interdependent goals of ecological health, environmental justice, and well-being.

Circumventing Environmental Regulations

The National Waterways Act, 2016 declared 111 rivers as National Inland Waterways. Even as these waterways open up for commercial shipping and navigation, and for interventions like dredging, river training, construction of terminals, and land acquisition, the legally binding regime of environmental clearance is evaded.

A New ‘Washington Consensus’

The United States administration is fervently promoting the “Indo–Pacific” as an alternative geopolitical construct to mobilise a large number of countries in the Asia–Pacific region to contain Chinese and Russian influence. However, India under the Narendra Modi administration has become a strategic contraption by yielding to the pressures of the Donald Trump regime for a programmed “Indo–Pacific” ploy. In the emerging scenario, New Delhi’s rhetoric on “strategic autonomy” has become a political liability.

Is Public Transport in Ahmedabad Inclusive?

There are two types of public transport riders: choice and captive. Key captivity factors could be higher generalised costs of alternative transport and inability to drive (age, medical conditions, etc). In this context, the travel behaviour of the urban poor in Ahmedabad—most of whom are captive riders unable to access private transport and therefore dependent on public transport—is studied.

The e-Bubble Conjecture

The connections between the personalities of people consuming digital goods and their valuation of the well-being it generates for them, and their collective behaviour are examined. The socio-psychological concept of the e-bubble, which envelops users of social networking platforms, wields significant power to disrupt their vision, and this fact has powerful implications for governance in India.

All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey

Demand-side information on the economic profiles of households is available from the All-India Debt and Investment Survey and Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households. However, there have been no surveys of rural households during the intervening years with an emphasis on financial inclusion and financial accessibility, as perceived by them. To bridge this gap, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development launched the All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey for the reference year July 2015–June 2016.

Andaman Tribes

The lack of a comprehensive policy on the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, hasty developmental projects, lack of sensitisation among the authorities and the settler population, depletion of the resource base, and escalating tourism are the concerns needing urgent attention.

The Vaccine Conundrum

Vaccination is treated as a public health intervention for its ability to develop herd immunity. The newer vaccinations are transforming the very nature of intervention from a “preventive” to a “promotive” one, and from disease-specific to strain-specific one, at a time when population prevalence of the parent diseases is uncertain.

Power for the People

T L Sankar was a remarkable Indian Administrative Service officer who combined administrative capability with involvement in academia. He was behind many reforms in the energy sector, but his focus was always on people’s participation and equity.

Why Are the Reserved Categories Objecting to the 13-point Roster?

An examination of the 13-point and 200-point roster systems for reservation of faculty positions in universities and colleges for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes shows the anamolies involved. It also shows the reasons for the meagre representation of reserved category candidates compared to their proportion in the population and the earmarked proportions of reservation.


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