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Experiences and Perceptions of Discrimination among Dalits and Muslims

Through the use of new survey data, the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among Dalits and Muslims have been quantified. One important result is that many respondents report experiencing discrimination at school and in interactions with government officials. These results are even more worrisome when we consider that self-reports of discrimination perhaps underestimate the true extent of the problem.

Social Activist and Catalyst for Justice

Girish Patel used his immense knowledge of law to fight legal battles for the marginalised, and set up the Lok Adhikar Sangh to play a supportive role in the movements for social and political justice.

Sanatan Sanstha and Its Hindutva Designs

The Sanatan Sanstha has always been ignored for being a small bunch of fanatics. However, the threat that it poses is highlighted once again after the arrests of a few of its followers and sympathisers in connection with a terror plot and possible involvement in the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. Even earlier, the members of Sanatan Sanstha were caught making bombs, openly advocating arms training, and waging war against the state. What more evidence does the centre need to ban the organisation?

Dwijendra Tripathi (1930–2018)

It was Dwijendra Tripathi’s pioneering contributions that demarcated the fledgling field of business history in India. His lifetime of scholarship distinguished him as an academic entrepreneur, and set the pace for future engagement in the discipline.

Recent Downfall of the Indian Rupee

Assessing the trends in India’s balance of payments, it is argued that a combination of substantial trade deficit and a significant current account deficit financed predominantly by fickle portfolio investments could have made the rupee vulnerable to the moods of the global capital market. India’s huge dependence on oil imports along with high gold and electronic imports could also have played their roles in making the exchange rate volatile.

The Call for a National Code of Conduct

What are the resources and concerns that can contribute to a substantive ethical code for the political class from the experience of the working of parliamentary democracy in India? Such a code need not put a damp squib on the ideological fervour of political parties but set them an anchor. A vibrant democratic culture is a better ground for the cultivation of social values than much preaching, be it in the classroom or in other public fora.

Identifying the ‘Poor’ and ‘Backward’

There have been various aspects involved in identifying the “poor” and “backward” in India for the purpose of targeted public policies. This article provides an overview of these aspects, so as to lead to an integrated perspective.

Rethinking India’s Employment Data Architecture

Following the recommendations of the task force set up to revamp the employment data architecture, India’s employment statistics are undergoing significant revision. The effort is largely directed at producing real-time high-frequency data in the formal sector. However, given that employment is dominated by low-wage and low-productivity jobs in the unorganised sector, this exercise will serve little purpose and only deflect attention from the enormity of the employment challenge.

India’s Cities without Ownership

The 74th Constitution Amendment Act envisaged urban local bodies as “institutions of self-government” with empowered mayors; however, this is scarcely followed. The lack of a single point of authority with clear ownership is derailing our cities as this institutional arrangement does not allow for a single point of accountability. The challenges around creating empowered and legitimate city leaders in India are examined and a way forward is charted out.

Supreme Court Judgment against Section 377

The Supreme Court’s judgment on Section 377 is an important reminder of the task that lies ahead for the queer movement. How would homonormativity take shape in this nation, as another form of upper-caste male hegemony? Now that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and queer persons are formally being called into full-fledged sexual citizenship, how does the queer movement articulate an intersectional politics of hope that insists on forms of emancipation that do not exclude those who are on the wrong side of caste, religion and ethnicity?

We Need to Talk about ‘Language’

The pro-Kannada, anti-Hindi protests witnessed in Karnataka in 2017 once again drew attention to the perpetual tussle for power among languages in India. A personal anecdote reflects on these power dynamics, as well as the politicisation of language in different contexts, and reveals language to be a mere plot device in the greater conflicts fought over the markers of Indian identity.

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