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The Limits of Style over Substance

Lack of coherence in the foreign policy of the National Democratic Alliance government highlights the limits of emphasis on spectacle. An inability to adequately respond to the rapidly shifting situation in the neighbourhood as well as in the international domain is an outcome of this.

Understanding the NBFC Conundrum

Till recently, non-banking financial companies were the poster boys of the financial sector, with loans from the sector growing at phenomenal rates. An examination of what NBFCs are and their activities shows how they are regulated, what the sources of their funds are, and the recipients of the credit issued by them.

Some Macro-theoretical Foundations of Jobless Growth

An alternative heterodox explanation of the phenomenon of jobless growth is advanced, involving an interaction between demand and technical change. A mathematical condition is derived whose satisfaction ensures that both a high and low rate of growth of output results in a fall in the rate of growth of organised sector employment. During an output boom, the high rate of growth of labour productivity overwhelms the high rate of output growth, while in a period of slowdown the low or negative rate of growth of output more than compensates for the reduction in the rate of growth of labour productivity, resulting in persistent jobless growth.

Son Preference and Daughter Aversion in Two Villages of Jammu

A contemporary exploration of two spatially contiguous villages of Jammu reveals persisting intra-household gender discrimination. While in both the villages, sons continue to be preferred over daughters, it is the local political economy and culture that dictates whether a preference for sons would mean the elimination of daughters before birth, their relative deprivation post birth, marrying them off early as a mobility strategy, or simply differential allocation of resources within the household.

Exclusions in Afforestation Projects in Pakistan

Through a case study of the Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project in Pakistan, this article shows how afforestation and forest conservation projects often lack in-depth understanding of community dynamics.

Shillong Violence in 2018

Violence against Dalit Sikhs in Shillong needs to be seen as an intensification of interethnic tensions between the tribal and non-tribal population. It underscores the question of the protection of minorities within minorities in the context of the overall functioning of the Sixth Schedule areas.

Overreaction in Indian Monetary Policy

A significant decline in trend growth rate had led to a debate in India that the central bank’s monetary policy in its exuberance for inflation control is stifling growth. Though the rise and fall of inflation in the aftermath of the global financial crisis has closely followed the supply shocks, milder monetary policy tightening is required for moderating the negative effects of these shocks.

India and the Global Compact for Migration

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a non-binding agreement for the better management of migration, was adopted by the United Nations member countries in December 2018. The major goal of the compact is to assist nation states to frame well-managed migration policies. India’s decision to sign the compact comes as a real surprise in the face of the country’s historical reluctance to sign international migration laws and treaties. The analysis of the Indian government’s present management of migration in the light of the compacts’ objectives shows the need for a revamp in the state’s approach.

Transitioning to Sustainable Development Goals for Water

Large infrastructure projects threatening ecosystems and livelihoods by diverting water and depriving rural populations of access to water are being promoted in the name of drinking water provisioning. Implementation and monitoring efforts have barely made any progress on Sustainable Development Goals that involve recognising trade-offs and synergies.

Do We Care Enough for the Elderly?

The increasing proportion of the elderly population calls for proper planning and implementation of institutionalised care services for them. In this context, the distribution of geriatric care services across time, region, economic class, gender, and ownership of the old age homes operating in the National Capital Region are surveyed.

Namvar Singh (1927–2019)

Namvar Singh was a public intellectual and a creative thinker who carried forward the tradition of reclaiming the radical aspects of the Indian knowledge tradition for the benefit of contemporary times, and strengthened it further by engaging with Marxism.

Intrigues of Indigeneity and Patriarchy in Khasi Society

Proponents of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Second Amendment Bill, 2018 see it as a mechanism to protect the indigenous culture of the Khasi tribal community. However, critics from within and outside the community are describing it as a regressive legislation which will distort the matrilineal values of the Khasi society.

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