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Making Data Count

The Uncounted by Alex Cobham, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2020; pp 227, price not mentioned.

Two-child Norm

In July 2021, Uttar Pradesh announced a population policy, the draft of the Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilisation and Welfare) Bill, 2021. While the contents of the bill are contentious, so is the timing of its tabling in the legislature. In terms of substantive population planning, the draft document is not only detrimental to long-term demographic transition, it has serious repercussions for welfare state mechanisms.

The Lockdown in India

The coronavirus pandemic, nationwide lockdown and the Indian demography are explored through the prisms of caste, class and gender. There is an evident link between the degree of vulnerability and susceptibility of certain people falling prey to the ills of the lockdown and the overlapping effects of class, caste and gender they belong to.

Performance of the Southern States

This paper examines the performance of four southern states in various economic and social sectors during the past decade, comparing and contrasting them with each other and the average all-India figures in these sectors. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have done the most to initiate reforms in recent years. Kerala is moving in this direction too, after initial delays, as is Tamil Nadu. As the four states face several individual and common challenges in the coming years, they need to deepen reforms and tailor strategies in keeping with their particular circumstances, in their quest for growth.

Parsis: Exploring Identities

Cultural nostalgia has proven to be as dangerous as cultural amnesia, whether in the case of the Parsis or others. It might be relevant at this point to examine some aspects of the Parsi-Zoroastrian past, not so much its history as much as its historiography.

Determinants of Well-Being among Widows

The state of widowhood is both a personal condition and a social institution. Widowhood brings about severe social, economic and cultural deprivations. In this paper, we study the well-being of widows in terms of the impact that social marginalisation and economic dependence has on their psychological and physical conditions. The emerging trends have been discussed after a detailed analysis of data.

Do Demographers Have a Future?

The future of demography lies in painting on a broader canvas and not just being content with the measurement of demographic change. A seminar on the future of demography pointed to the grave damage that overemphasis on containing high fertility has done to the growth of the discipline.

Pravin Visaria: An Appreciation

In Pravin Visaria, who died in February this year, India has lost one of its foremost social scientists, and this loss is keenly felt also by his many friends in the wider demographic and social science community.
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