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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.

Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceutical Patents in India

The trend of continued rejection of compulsory licence applications in India goes against the local generic drug manufacturers and public health safeguards incorporated in the Indian patent law. It raises serious questions about the intervening role of the state in patent monopoly to equalise the competing interests between patent holders and consumers of “public good.” This trend indicates a policy shift of the government regarding compulsory licensing.

India’s Faltering Demand Conditions

Various assessments highlight the “robust” signs of revival and resilience shown by the Indian economy since the second half of 2017–18. Citing the near-term data, these not only undermine the demand-side instability that the economy has been witnessing since the past few years, but also underestimate the role of domestic demand as India’s primary engine of growth, unique amongst the major emerging economies. The assessement of the major components of aggregate demand and analyses of the growth rates of different sectors during the last few years reveal some interesting specifics for an economy that is yet to gain full momentum.

The Dark Underbelly of Stardom

The Hardik Pandya controversy has divided the country down the middle, and has raised questions about masculinity, stardom and its associated virtues and pitfalls, codes of behaviour associated with cricket and more. It is interesting, for there has always been a dark underbelly to stardom. The...

State of the West Bengal Economy

The problems with the Central Statistics Office’s gross domestic product estimates based on the new series with 2011–12 base year are well known by now. In this context, the controversial gross state domestic product estimates rolled out by the Department of Planning, Statistics and Programme Monitoring, Government of West Bengal are analysed and the veracity of the assertions made by the state’s finance minister in his 2018 budget statement is examined.

The Supreme Court’s Death Penalty Focus

In end-2018, the Supreme Court commuted the death penalty in 11 cases to life imprisonment and also clarified the mitigating individual factors. Nonetheless, there are procedural and normative questions that need resolution. The lack of coherence in explaining the significance, meaning, and character of the concept of mitigating factors in sentencing exercises leaves room for subsequent judgments to easily disregard them.

The Constitutional Case against the Citizenship Amendment Bill

The Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on 8 January 2019. In fact, the central government had started taking small and discreet steps towards the enactment and implementation of the law since 2015 itself. The bill violates the Constitution because the classification it adopts is manifestly arbitrary and unjustified. Citizenship law defines a country’s political and constitutional identity. Laying down rules that determine membership in our political community only on the basis of one’s religious beliefs completely violates this principle.

How Gender-sensitive Are India’s Energy Policies?

The two flagship energy policies in India—the Integrated Energy Policy and the National Energy Policy—fail to recognise women’s gendered role in production, access to energy, and formulation of energy policies and programmes. Recent gender-sensitive energy programmes like the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and the Saubhagya scheme need to be replicated and scaled up to improve the energy security needs of women.

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