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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.

Accounting for the Diversity in Dairy Farming

“Economics of Dairy Farming in India” by M Dinesh Kumar and O P Singh (EPW, 14 October 2017), provided an analytical and conceptual critique for a special article co-authored by the current author, “Do Producers Gain from Selling Milk? An Economic Assessment of Dairy Farming in Contemporary India” (EPW, 24 June 2017). The author reiterates some of the issues implicit in the special article in order to stimulate further questions on these issues.

Power Subsidy for Farm Sector

A response to “Subsidy and Efficiency of Groundwater Use and Power Consumption in Haryana” by Sucha Singh Gill and Kulwant Singh Nehra (EPW , 22 December 2018) puts to question the conclusions drawn about the effects of “extra” irrigation and the reasons for shift in crop patterns in Haryana.

Coastal Regulation Zone, 2018

A response to “Contested Coasts: The Draft CRZ Notification, 2018” by Preeta Dhar (EPW, 18 August 2018) seeks to buttress the original argument by presenting evidence from the fieldwork conducted in Pulicat, Tamil Nadu.

Unreliable Estimates of Child Malnutrition

In a large country such as India, efforts to generate evidence on developmental parameters at the micro level will strengthen efforts to design evidence-based policy and help in initiating remedial measures. The district is an administrative and planning unit in India, and data on development...

Convention on Biological Diversity

A response to “Critiquing Narrow Critiques of Convention on Biological Diversity’’ (Alphonsa Jojan et al, EPW, 3 November 2018) discusses how the Convention on Biological Diversity puts restrictions on research and warns about the unintended consequences of the regulations designed to prevent global inequalities in the use of genetic resources which may end up promoting global injustice.

Solar Irrigation Pumps and India’s Energy–Irrigation Nexus

A response by the co-authors of the article “Promoting Solar Power as a Remunerative Crop” (EPW, 11 November 2017), to Meera Sahasranaman et al’s discussion article “Solar Irrigation Cooperatives: Creating the Frankenstein’s Monster for India’s Groundwater” (EPW, 26 May 2018), enables a proper assessment of the Dhundi experiment and reiterates the critical role that solar irrigation pumps can play in India’s agricultural future.

Crop Residue Burning

A response to “Crop Residue Burning: Solutions Marred by Policy Confusion” (Sucha Singh Gill, EPW, 8 September 2018) discusses how in situ utilisation of crop residue is not only the best option, but also a feasible one, evident in the practices of organic farmers of even Haryana and Punjab, where residue burning is the most prevalent. Off-farm usage of crop residue may be better than burning as it addresses the issue of air pollution, but it is only the second-best option as it leads to soil fertility depletion.

Mapping and Measuring Media Ownership and Control

A response to the paper “Mapping the Power of Major Media Companies in India” (EPW, 21 July 2018) by Anuradha Bhattacharjee and Anushi Agrawal highlights its inability to analytically explain the construct of “media market,” the consequent mischaracterisation of the extant scholarship on the Indian media industry, and engages with the gaps and inconsistencies in collating empirical details in the paper.


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