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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.

Public Health System Is Failing the Women Farmers

Maharashtra, with its drought-prone areas, is one of the states with the largest number of male farmer suicides. In the aftermath of these suicides, women farmers struggle on multiple fronts. A poor public health system further fails them and aggravates their plight.

The Epistemology of the Discipline of Economics

The ontological vocation of any social science is to interpret and transform the world we live in, creating a better society. The discipline of economics is no exception. It is argued that mainstream economics reduces social life into exchange value calculus and mathematical formalism, and fails to confront vital issues like widening inequality and poverty. The recent challenges thrown up by Thomas Piketty may help the discipline to re-examine its epistemological foundations to facilitate relevant teaching and research as well as policy choices.

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.

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