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Safety of Fisherfolk at Seas

Over 240 fisherfolk were missing after cyclone Ockhi hit India’s south-western coasts. Lack of adoption of safety measures points to gross negligence of safety of fisherfolk at sea. The mandatory suggestions of various international and national level agencies have been neglected. In this regard, synergistic action between policymakers, implementing agencies and fisherfolk is required to translate policies to action. Awareness generation and mandatory trainings are suggested to improve fisherfolk safety, while community support is vital for the success of policy enforcement.

Citizenship in Dispute

Migration from Barpeta in Assam to Lucknow has been adopted as a strategy to escape from the problems of flood, poverty, and even identity crisis in the native state. However, this strategy is still not good enough to live a decent life without fear.

Pause for Thought

The Supreme Court’s verdict allowing girls and women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple, thus overturning the ban on women between the ages of 10 and 50, is examined in this article along with an analysis of the majority ruling.

From Calcutta to Ieper

The Calcutta High Court building is based on the design of the Cloth Hall building in the Belgian town of Ieper. However, there is a belief that the court’s design plans were used to rebuild the Cloth Hall building in Belgium after it was destroyed in World War I. This is a myth and shows how history and memory are often reconfigured to materialise specific pride and prestige. Through this myth, we are invited to revisit the colonial past of the high court and the notion of “gifting” back to the Belgians their past through our present.

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.

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