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Caste and the Mainstream Narratives

The changing nature and forms of the caste system are often assumed to be static in mainstream discussions, as the continuing debate on Ashis Nandy's remarks on corruption and the marginalised castes shows. Neither academia nor the state understands the changing dynamics of the nature and forms of caste.

Contextualising Language Studies: A Response

Responding to the commentary on "Chomsky and Wittgenstein: A Short Refl ection", by Ramaswamy R Iyer (EPW, 2 November 2013), this article questions the merit of a comparison of the two thinkers' views on language, and tries to place the discussion in a historical context.

On Cereal Consumption as a Proxy for Real Income

There is very little reliable information on indirect cereal consumption in India and a number of other developing countries. To, therefore, use such unreliable estimates to test for the links between total (direct and indirect) cereal consumption and income will lead to inaccurate results. This places a question mark on the exercise by Krishna Ram (EPW, 20 July 2013).

The Future of Tribals in Telangana State

This response to "A Separate Telangana: Promises and Prospects for Tribal People" by R Ramdas (20 July 2013) looks at the Andhra Pradesh government's initiatives for tribals, as well as their future in the new state to be, Telangana.

Confronting Casteism?

Legislation against discrimination like the Prevention of Atrocities Act can be as much a starting point as an outcome of campaigns against discrimination. A comment in the context of the acquittal of the convicted in the Laxmanpur Bathe and Bathani Tola cases.

Critical Look at the Narayana Murthy Recommendations on Higher Education

This response to "Engaging the Corporate Sector: Narayana Murthy Committee Recommendations on Higher Education" (EPW, 20 July 2013) says that while the committee seems to be concerned about the poor quality of higher education, its recommendations or formulae appear to treat higher educational institutions like factories. There seems to be a mismatch between its recommendations and the objectives of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.

Ideology of Pan-Islamism

Taking off from Sumanta Banerjee's book review in the EPW ("The Left and Political Islam", 30 March 2013) on the left's understanding of political Islam, a comment on the ideology, politics, and the internal dynamic of the Islamic community.

In Struggle, Education of the Educator

Welcoming C P Bhambri’s call to debate (10 August 2013) the propositions in the article “‘The Near and the Far’: Why Is India’s Liberal-Political Democracy Rotten?” (1 June 2013), the author of this article argues that expecting a peaceful mass movement aimed at carrying out a “revolution” is only daydreaming. A mass movement that has revolution as its ultimate goal will, almost inevitably, necessarily assume a violent form in the face of state repression. But cruelty and brutality must never be a part of the means of revolution. We educators need to be educated, and our best education can take place only in struggle, for correct knowledge is also a struggle, and can be a deep one at that.

Open-Economy Macro and Inflation Targeting: A Tutorial

Economic theory tells us that there should be at least as many instruments as there are targets. But the Reserve Bank of India does try to kill two birds with one stone: increasing interest rates so as to shoot down infl ationary expectations as well as bring capital into the country. This is poor macroeconomics. A comment that elaborates on Partha Sen's "India's Current Account Woes: An Attempt to Clarify" (EPW, 12 October 2013).

Real Estate Price Is Reversible

Sanjoy Chakravorty in "A New Price Regime: Land Markets in Urban and Rural India" (EPW, 27 April 2013) argued that the real estate price rise in India over the last 10 years or so is not reversible. This response says that prices can fall in real terms if the government effectively does away with the licence-permit-quota raj in the real estate sector.

Caste and the Bar Dancer

While Maya Pandit identifi es the State's wrath against lower-caste female sexuality as the root cause of the ban on dancing, this comment on dance bar debate argues that the very reason for the legal ban can be found in the caste and gender politics in globalising India and "caste governance" by the Maharashtra state government.

Why Question the Pace of Growth in Gujarat?

To question Gujarat's recent growth record on the ground that it has been based on the petroleum refinery industry, which in the state is import-dependent, capital-intensive, coast-based and export-oriented, is conceptually and factually wrong. A comment and a response to "Have Gujarat and Bihar Outperformed the Rest of India? A Statistical Note" (EPW, 28 September 2013).

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