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If Smart Cities Exclude the Vulnerable, Who are They Smart For?

A series of articles examine the Smart Cities Mission as well as how city-dwellers living in informal settlements are affected by related evictions.

Why India Needs to Address Caste-Based Manual Scavenging Before it Aims for A 'Swacch Bharat'

A recent report in the Indian Express states that an inter-ministerial task force has counted up to 53,236 people involved in manual scavenging in India, a four-fold rise from the 13,000-odd such workers accounted for in official records until 2017. A reading list examines manual sanitation work in India.

World Environment Day: Are Development and the Environment at Odds With Each Other?

A series of articles think through whether development and the environment are in conflict with each other, using examples from multiple regions.

Beyond the Noise: A Reading List on Employment Trends in India

To understand the context within which the current debate about employment is playing out, it is important to examine long-standing trends in employment in India.

Where There are Indians, There is Caste: A Reading List on Denial in Diaspora

A reading list discusses how caste manifests in Indian diasporas and how the fight against caste discrimination has played out globally.

Agrarian Distress in India: A Short Reading List

The underlying issues of the farmers' long march—rural distress, debt burden, farmer suicides and the efficacy of the Forest Rights Act—need to be continually interrogated.

Ration Bachao: Why do Protesters in Ranchi Want Food not Cash?

A reading list assesses if Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is the answer to leakages in the Public Distribution system (PDS).

Does India’s Public Healthcare Need Insurance Based Intervention? A Reading List

A series of articles examine the challenges public healthcare faces in India and why insurance based interventions might not solve them.

Cauvery Verdict: 6 Articles to Contextualise the Water War

On 16 February 2018, the Supreme Court lowered the amount of Cauvery water due to Tamil Nadu, to 404.25 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet), from the 419 tmcft allotted by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in February 2007. The Court allotted Karnataka 270 tmcft of Cauvery water, which is 14.75 tmcft more than the Tribunal award. Through our archives, we trace an outline of the dispute.

Thinking About the Constitution of India: A Reading List

A series of articles from the EPW Archives examine the factors that shaped the making of the Constitution, how the Constitution has been amended and interpreted over the years and whether the spirit of the Constitution prevails in practice, when it comes to state violence, liberty and dissent.

How Has “Progressive” Thought About Homosexuality Evolved Since the 1990s?

A list of articles that discuss section 377, and to some extent, queer lives in India show how much the discourse around sexuality has shifted in the past decade.

Who Benefitted from US Aid to Pakistan?

After putting Pakistan on notice through a tweet on 1 January, US President Donald Trump's administration suspended at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan, beginning from Friday 5 January, until Pakistan takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups.

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