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Exclusions in Afforestation Projects in Pakistan

Through a case study of the Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project in Pakistan, this article shows how afforestation and forest conservation projects often lack in-depth understanding of community dynamics.

Shillong Violence in 2018

Violence against Dalit Sikhs in Shillong needs to be seen as an intensification of interethnic tensions between the tribal and non-tribal population. It underscores the question of the protection of minorities within minorities in the context of the overall functioning of the Sixth Schedule areas.

Overreaction in Indian Monetary Policy

A significant decline in trend growth rate had led to a debate in India that the central bank’s monetary policy in its exuberance for inflation control is stifling growth. Though the rise and fall of inflation in the aftermath of the global financial crisis has closely followed the supply shocks, milder monetary policy tightening is required for moderating the negative effects of these shocks.

India and the Global Compact for Migration

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a non-binding agreement for the better management of migration, was adopted by the United Nations member countries in December 2018. The major goal of the compact is to assist nation states to frame well-managed migration policies. India’s decision to sign the compact comes as a real surprise in the face of the country’s historical reluctance to sign international migration laws and treaties. The analysis of the Indian government’s present management of migration in the light of the compacts’ objectives shows the need for a revamp in the state’s approach.

Transitioning to Sustainable Development Goals for Water

Large infrastructure projects threatening ecosystems and livelihoods by diverting water and depriving rural populations of access to water are being promoted in the name of drinking water provisioning. Implementation and monitoring efforts have barely made any progress on Sustainable Development Goals that involve recognising trade-offs and synergies.

Do We Care Enough for the Elderly?

The increasing proportion of the elderly population calls for proper planning and implementation of institutionalised care services for them. In this context, the distribution of geriatric care services across time, region, economic class, gender, and ownership of the old age homes operating in the National Capital Region are surveyed.

Namvar Singh (1927–2019)

Namvar Singh was a public intellectual and a creative thinker who carried forward the tradition of reclaiming the radical aspects of the Indian knowledge tradition for the benefit of contemporary times, and strengthened it further by engaging with Marxism.

Intrigues of Indigeneity and Patriarchy in Khasi Society

Proponents of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Second Amendment Bill, 2018 see it as a mechanism to protect the indigenous culture of the Khasi tribal community. However, critics from within and outside the community are describing it as a regressive legislation which will distort the matrilineal values of the Khasi society.

Public Health System Is Failing the Women Farmers

Maharashtra, with its drought-prone areas, is one of the states with the largest number of male farmer suicides. In the aftermath of these suicides, women farmers struggle on multiple fronts. A poor public health system further fails them and aggravates their plight.

The Epistemology of the Discipline of Economics

The ontological vocation of any social science is to interpret and transform the world we live in, creating a better society. The discipline of economics is no exception. It is argued that mainstream economics reduces social life into exchange value calculus and mathematical formalism, and fails to confront vital issues like widening inequality and poverty. The recent challenges thrown up by Thomas Piketty may help the discipline to re-examine its epistemological foundations to facilitate relevant teaching and research as well as policy choices.

Compulsory Heterosexuality, Gender, and Sexual Minorities

The recent ruling that decriminalised provisions of Section 377 has posed a serious challenge to the existing hierarchies of compulsory heterosexuality and gender.

‘Environment’ in the Election Manifestos

Implementation of the environmental agendas put forward in the election manifestos of 2014 of eight major political parties is found to be unsatisfactory. There is a need for more synergy between the election agendas and their implementation to tackle environmental issues and the impacts of climate change.

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