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Ranbaxy Was Never the Exception

Responding to some of the criticisms in Anant Phadke’s review of Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies: Ranbaxy and the Dark Side of Indian Pharma, “Indian Pharma Fraud and Beyond” (EPW, 18 January 2020), this author, who is the protagonist of the book, contends that the review downplays the importance of critical drug testing and is too forgiving of the transgressions of the Indian pharma industry.

Assam’s Politics and the NRC

A response to “Assam’s 2019 Verdict and the Anti-CAB Mobilisations” by Akhil Ranjan Dutta (EPW, 28 December 2019) points to long-run strategies that the Bharatiya Janata Party and its parent organisation have used to consolidate power in Assam. Re-imagination of the “indigenous” has helped it build alliance with regional forces, but anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests exposed the vulnerability of this formula. The futility of the National Register of Citizens exercise in resolving the immigration conundrum in Assam should convince one that the answer to cultural anxieties lies in the political sphere.

Resettled Oustees from Narmada Valley

A response to “Are Resettled Oustees from the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project ‘Better Off’ Today?” by Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar and Neeraj Kaushal (EPW, 23 March 2019) finds that the survey findings do not support the conclusion drawn by the article about the oustees being better off.

Parentheses of Philosophy

The authors of Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics respond to A Raghuramaraju’s review of their book published in EPW (3 August 2019), “Gandhi in the Company of Western Philosophers.”

Why Caste Matters

A response to “Caste and Electoral Outcomes: Misreading Hierarchy and the Illusion of Numbers” by Dipankar Gupta (EPW, 22 June 2019) analyses the continued role of caste as a medium in electoral politics and the function of caste identity.

What Eventually Emerged from the Emergency?

The reviewer of Gyan Prakash’s book Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point replies to the author’s disagreements with his review, “A Road Map of Change in Democracy” (EPW, 22 June 2019).

Reading and Misreading Marx

A response to “The Other Marx” (Murzban Jal, EPW, 26 January 2019),a review of the book Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (2010) by Kevin Anderson

The Bru–Mizo Conflict

This rejoinder to Shyamal Bikash Chakma and Suraj Gogoi’s article “The Bru–Mizo Conflict in Mizoram” (EPW, 3 November 2018) questions their treatment of the question over historical depth, as well as the inaccurate and incomplete representation of facts and silencing of the “victim” voice.

No Breather for Food Subsidy Bill

Farm support payment schemes, aimed at compensating farmers when market prices fall below a certain predetermined price level, work differently in different countries. The article “Price Deficiency Payments and Minimum Support Prices: A Study of Selected Crops in India” (EPW, 19 May 2018) by T Haque and P K Joshi had recommended schemes similar to the Price Loss Coverage programme of the United States as an alternative to the agricultural minimum support price programme in India. This article debates the inferences made, in particular, why price deficiency payment schemes such as the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana, will not reduce the food subsidy bill.

Birth of Democracy and the Death Knell of Capitalism

A response to “Death of Democracy: An Inevitable Possibility under Capitalism’’ by Rajan Gurukkal (EPW, 25 August 2018) seeks to foreground the inherent contradiction between genuine democracy and capitalism. Realising the possibility of system-transcendence therefore demands an organised challenge to the exploitative capital–labour relation.

A Road Map of Change in Democracy

The author of Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point responds to Arvind Rajagopal’s review of his book published in EPW (1 June 2019), “The Emergency: A Watershed in India’s Politics.”

Robust Parliamentary Constituency Estimates

This article is a response to Srinivas Goli’s article “Unreliable Estimates of Child Malnutrition” ( EPW , 9 February 2019) that had questioned the reliability of methodologies of Akshay Swaminathan et al’s article “Burden of Child Malnutrition in India: A View from Parliamentary Constituencies” ( EPW , 12 January 2019). The reliability and usability of the methodologies proposed by Swaminathan et al have been reiterated, emphasising that these can provide broad assessments at the parliamentary constituency level.

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