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Jisha Murder Case

The brutal rape and killing of Jisha, a Dalit law student in Kerala on 28 April 2016, leads to the question of what the method is to prevent the many other “Jishas-in-waiting,” and whether both teachers and students on campus can put their heads together to build a system of “student community-caring” so that another woman student does not meet a similar fate.

Migrant Crisis in Kerala

The Kerala government is under pressure to enforce action to deal with the rising migrant population in the state after the arrest of a migrant labourer as the suspect of rape and murder of Jisha, a Dalit law student. Keeping track of the migrant population in the absence of an identification database would violate the constitutional provisions of the right to work. By launching an insurance scheme to incentivise migrants to voluntarily register themselves, the government is planning to track migrant workers. Profiling by the state, even under the garb of welfare schemes, will further justify the existing middle-class ire against domestic and regional migrant labour.

Geography of Capitalism

Globalization Lived Locally: A Labour Geography Perspective by Neethi P, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016; pp xvii+231, ₹795.

How Kerala is Destroying its Wetlands

The amendment to the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2008 is one in a series of environmentally detrimental decisions that the Kerala government has taken. The state urgently needs to factor in ecological rationale in decision-making and conserve paddy fields and weltlands for the long term health of the state.

Left Front Victory in Kerala

Political conditions under the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala provided considerable opportunities for both the Left Democratic Front and the National Democratic Alliance to muster people's support on a number of issues ranging from rampant corruption to social conditions of women and marginalised communities. While the LDF effectively reaped the windfall of several graft cases in which many ministers as well as the personal staff of the chief minister's office were directly or indirectly involved, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA has steadily succeeded in making inroads into the support base of both the fronts, as well as among new voters, though the party won just one seat.

The Nadapuram Enigma

This paper delineates the social history of insidious communal political violence in north Malabar. It focuses on Nadapuram, a rural region in Kerala's Kozhikode District. The complexities of communal proliferation are products of entanglements of caste, conversion, economic mobility and land relationship. Political discourses at the global stage and efforts in building identity-based alliances have a direct bearing on this region. Changing politics of both the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) also has a direct bearing on the social life of the Hindus, while the communitarian politics of Indian Union Muslim League, Islamic doctrinal debates and neo-Salafisation are no less significant in the making of a new Muslim mindscape. These particularities then facilitate in the making of two oppositional and clannish identities in the region.

Menstruation, Purity and Right to Worship

The growing protest against temples that deny access to menstruating women should also challenge the institutionalisation of faith and the mediating power of the priest.

Third Gender and the Crisis of Citizenship

Why do transgender persons migrate to Tamil Nadu from Kerala despite the latter having high development indicators? A comparative study looks at the experience of the transgender community and their citizenship rights.

Older than the Church

Despite Christianity that made inroads into Kerala nearly two millennia ago, and communism that emerged as a powerful egalitarian force in the last century, caste continues to exercise an insidious, all-pervasive influence in Kerala. While the novel The God of Small Things attempts to subvert patriarchic norms that sustain caste and gender domination by its use of subversive comparisons and analogies, ancient hierarchies that sustain the caste and the gender question still remain assertive, unresolved even by the healing and redeeming powers of fiction.

Change and Transformation in Rural South India

A research project on village studies to analyse the facets of rural change and transformation in the southern states noted vastly different patterns of transformation in various states, and also that the pace and directions of change differed across villages, regions and states.

Informal Labour Market and Structural Devolution

This paper discusses the dynamics of the labour market in the context of the structural changes in the rubber small-holding sector. The authors (a) analyse the processes determining tapping and its size in the small-holdings; (b) examine the inter-regional differences in wages, tapping tasks, employment and earnings of tappers; and (c) highlight emerging issues and their implications for the labour market.

Kerala: Politics of Pressure Groups

Chief minister Antony's critical remarks about the pressure tactics of organised minorities in Kerala were provoked by the Muslim League's demands on the rehabilitation of the victims of communal violence in the fishing village of Marad and the stand of the Christian managements of two self-financing medical colleges in the matter of admissions and fees. While Karunakaran's predictable effort to use the episode to launch a revolt against the chief minister has been put down, thanks to the firm stand taken by the party high command, what Antony has to demonstrate in the three years he has left in power is his ability to successfully ride out the pressure politics of pressure groups without surrendering to them.

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