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Rethinking India’s Federalism

Addressing the problems in local body governance requires a reimagining of federalism in India and moving away from the centre–state framework. Beholden to partisan politics and the state’s unwillingness to part with powers, local bodies have not been able to fulfil the potential envisaged for them in the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution. The answer lies in locating their powers and functions in the Constitution itself.

Evictions of Urban Poor

In the Public's Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delh i by Gautam Bhan, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2016; pp 290, ₹ 825.

Real Life Methods

This paper argues that an emancipatory impulse is critical and central to feminist method--one which effectively counters a widespread fetishisation of social science research where little attention is paid to the relationships of production of research findings and conclusions. Just as the women's movement and its political critique has affected discourses that are not specifically about gender or sexual distinctions, the emancipatory impulse of feminist methods can also be deployed in enquiries that are not focused entirely on gendered accounts of social phenomena. The aim of this study is not to essentialise certain methods as "feminist" but rather to suggest that methods used by a researcher who is a feminist, in enquiries into phenomenon that throw up questions of hierarchies other than gender, would not remain uninfluenced by her feminist politics. This claim is bolstered by the author's experiences as a feminist researcher studying the segregation of Muslims in Delhi.

Scaling Up, Scaling Down

Focusing on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, an attempt is made here to understand how central and regional governments are rescaling and restructuring power and governmental authority in terms of the governance and planning arrangements of mega-projects. Mega-projects are emerging as spaces of exception in economic as well as governance terms with far greater involvement of private actors, and constant negotiation of the central and state governments.

Cracking the Urban Code of Delhi and Gurgaon

Entangled Urbanism: Slum, Gated Community, and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon by Sanjay Srivastava; New Delhi: OUP, 2015; pp 368, ₹ 855.

Weather Conditions and Air Pollution

To understand the impact of the odd-even policy in Delhi researchers will need to take into account prevailing weather conditions of not just Delhi, but also its outskirts and neighbouring states.

Cruel Treatment

The government and the Medical Council of India must get more serious about medical education.

Delhi's Mohalla Clinics

The mohalla or community clinics run by the Delhi government could be termed populist but have the potential to meet the needs of the people, make basic healthcare accessible and decongest higher level health facilities. These could also prove to be a landmark in health service delivery in India.

State versus Municipal Funds

The skirmish over non-disposal of waste in Delhi in May 2015 opens up bigger questions about the state-municipal relation over funds allocation and disbursement.

Polluting Units

The relocation of small-scale industrial units that do not conform to pollution standards is not a long-term sustainable solution. The regulating authority should create conditions conducive to innovation and help in the identification of cost-effective ways of dealing with the problem.

Morbidity and Utilisation of Healthcare Services

In India, the 'urban bias' in public spending on healthcare services has been pointed out by a number of studies. Even within urban areas, especially in the big cities, the slum population is particularly underprivileged. This study examines the patterns of morbidity and healthcare utilisation by the urban poor living in slums and resettlement colonies in Delhi and Chennai, and compares the health status of the two segments.

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