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Austerity or Fiscal Stimulus?

This comment is on the article “Strange Defeat” by J W Mason and Arjun Jayadev (EPW, 10 August 2013). Though in general, the paper rightly points out the similarities in the New Keynesian and New Classical macroeconomics and the prescriptions that follow from them concerning austerity vs fiscal...

A Response to Waknis

We thank Parag Waknis for his comment. If nothing else, it succeeds – albeit unintentionally – in providing a fine illustration of the problems with contemporary economics that our article described. In our article, we suggested that the methodology that has dominated economics for the last...

Mandela and the Politics of Representation

Responding to Premesh Lalu ("Nelson Mandela Is Very Much with Us", EPW, 13 July 2013), this article calls for a reassessment of Mandela's legacy, which goes beyond the pre-liberation critique of liberal trusteeship. A reassessment of the nature of the politics of representation and their relation to popular presentation is essential in a postcolonial setting.

A Dalit Reason for Character

In the context of Ashis Nandy's comments on dalits earlier this year, there have emerged debates as to what mediates the relationship of the humanities and social sciences to the question of caste, as well as that of corruption and democracy to the character of the dalit. A comment on the responses of Gopal Guru ("Freedom of Expression and the Life of the Dalit Mind", EPW, 9 March 2013) and Dilip Menon ("Minding One's Words", EPW, 20 April 2013) to the Nandy controversy.

Mapping the Heraka Identity

This response to "Cultural Positioning of Tribes in North-east India: Mapping the Evolving Heraka Identity" by Soihiamlung Dangmei (EPW, 5 January 2013) attempts to set the record straight on the Heraka reform movement, the religious practices and how it emerged from traditional Naga animism.

In Defence of Relaxed FSI Limits

We are responding to Shirish B Patel’s “ More FSI, More Welfare? ” (EPW, 29 June 2013). (1) The article reflects a lack of understanding of the analysis in our 2012 paper and in Bertaud and Brueckner (2005). Patel says that commuting cost could be reduced to zero with unlimited densification,...

'New Landlords'

Providing evidence that more than 90% of those whom R Vijay construes as "new landlords" are really owners of marginal and smallholdings of land, this article argues that it is important to distinguish classes on the basis of surplus and insufficient means of subsistence to understand the displacement of cultivators to the non-farm sector. It further argues that a rise in non-cultivating landed households and declining tenancy is not a paradox, but consistent with the trends in agriculture that eliminate marginal cultivators.

Whatever Has Happened to Caste in West Bengal?

Taking the discussion in EPW on caste in West Bengal further, a comment on the mobilisation and autonomy of the lower-caste movement post-Partition, the reduced scope for the lower castes to develop a hegemonic politics or strategy, and the importance of a bahujan samaj in this context.

Revisiting the Question of the Kashmiri Pandits

Failing to acknowledge the painful experiences of the other and continued resentment have led to poisonous confrontations and virulent debates between the Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims regarding the "exodus" of the former and the ensuing violence infl icted on the latter. Two parallel narratives have developed over the course of time, leaving a dismal gap between the two communities. The process of reconciliation between them and with the state is a challenge to be dealt with at many levels. A continuation of the discussion following Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal's review (EPW, 27 April 2013) of Rahul Pandita's book, Our Moon Has Blood Clots.

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