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Somnath Chatterjee (1929–2018)

Somnath Chatterjee’s demise on 13 August 2018 saw politicians across party lines unanimously grieving the loss of this stalwart parliamentarian who had inherited the ideology of liberal democracy and nurtured it all through his long and eventful political career.

AYUSH and Health Services

Maharashtra’s policies for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) professionals are discriminatory, allowing them to engage in “mixed practice” and recruiting them either as paramedics or as administrators in the general health services system, without ensuring equal status with their allopathic counterparts. It is in this context that the nature of engagement of AYUSH professionals with the state health system is examined.

Redefining the Purpose and Rules of Shelters

There are no easy short-term solutions to the abysmal functioning of shelter homes for women and children in India. But regular social audits are a vital starting point and should be part of every state’s monitoring and awareness raising mechanism. The information now available on the number, location, who can access shelters and what facilities exist at each one, should be available in one place to facilitate action. Also, the purpose behind setting up these shelter homes should be examined and redefined.

Trade Wars of the United States

Providing a structural context to the trade imbalances of the United States, which has stirred President Donald Trump into authorising a series of potentially catastrophic retaliatory actions, this article describes the bare bones of US’s actions and the likely impact on the global economy and institutions like the World Trade Organization.

Kerala’s Flood Disaster

In the event of devastating floods in Kerala, what would be the impact on migration and remittances, and what role can the diaspora play in the reconstruction of the state? Migration, as a livelihood strategy, is expected to increase in the aftermath of floods as people try to mitigate economic loss and uncertainty.

What Does It Take to Stabilise India’s Sugar Market?

While growing sugar cane as a commercial crop could be one of the effective tools for doubling farmer income, bold policy alternatives are needed to make it a reality. In this context, this article sheds some light on the consequences of the removal of restriction on direct sugar use as feedstock for ethanol production for overall domestic sugar demand.

Crop Residue Burning

Are the ongoing debates on solutions to crop residue burning marred by policy confusion? While bio-compressed natural gas and ethanol producers want farmers to collect paddy straw from their farms to be supplied to plant locations, another lobby of machine sellers wants the straw to be processed in the fields itself. Would the success of one commercial proposition lead to the failure of the other?

Remembering Fakruddin H Bennur

Fakruddin H Bennur was the driving force behind the Muslim Marathi Sahitya Parishad and Muslim Other Backward Classes’ movement in Maharashtra. He sought to counter the communal distortion of Indian history by questioning its assumptions rooted in orientalist historiography. Debunking the view that Muslims in India are a homogeneous monolith, he emphasised the regional, linguistic, cultural diversities and traditions of syncretism.

India’s Contribution to Rice Development in South and South East Asia

India supports and contributes to agricultural research and development in about 40 other countries through bilateral, multilateral, and international cooperation and agreements. In this context, India’s contribution to rice development—in terms of capacity building, rice varietal development, adoption rate of Indian-linked rice varieties, and their effects on rice production in Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam—has been explored.

Dissecting the Draft Labour Code on Social Security, 2018

While the draft Labour Code on Social Security, 2018 tries to cover over 90% unorganised workers, it still has some issues that need to be addressed.

Pakistan’s Sticky Wicket

As the subcontinent debates whether Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan can again demonstrate his well-known kaptaani élan to pull his country out of the crossfire of fundamentalism, terrorism and problems of development, one should not disregard that it is the mounting burden of fiscal mismanagement, among other factors, that has rendered various pro-poor strategies inert. Choosing the right options for fiscal management will be the most pressing policy decision facing him.

Manufacturing Output in New GDP Series

The new gross domestic product series, with base year 2011–12, has mostly replaced the Annual Survey of Industries with corporate financial data for estimating manufacturing value added. This has resulted in its higher share in GDP and a faster growth rate (compared to the older series). The Central Statistics Office claims that the new series better captures value addition, as ASI reportedly left out activities outside the factory of an enterprise. This claim is probably not true, as is evident from closer examination of a sample of ASI primary schedules.

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