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Road Rationing and Economic Gains

The Delhi government’s move to allow only alternate use of cars with odd and even registration numbers from 1 January 2016 is a step in the right direction. However, even as such command and control measures will be difficult to sustain, the gains made from these measures will only wane over time. What are needed are long-term measures with strong economic incentives to ensure favourable outcomes for better quality of air and environment—indeed this involves strengthening public transportations systems.

Building Bridges

Being Dalit is not an appendage to the identity of being a writer in Bangla. A community that has being marginalised historically needs to contextualise their identity in forms that can subvert privileged notions of belonging and solidarity.

Nuclear Salesmen in Paris

Despite being strongly promoted by pro-nuclear lobbies, nuclear power was not adopted as a general policy to combat global warming in the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris. There are good reasons to expect that as a source of energy, it will only become less important—in particular the high costs of constructing and operating nuclear reactors and rapidly decreasing costs of renewable energy.

Oddly Even, or Evenly Odd

The odd-even car formula in Delhi has brought to the fore the class bias that always existed in the city. Can we learn from history to build a more just and equitable environment for all to live, or will we reinforce the old walls of inequality?

Is Agriculture Back?

Some people may be waiting with bated breath for Amravati, Andhra Pradesh's new capital but several locals are finding newer ways to earn their livelihood in this transitional period. Our fifth photo essay from the ground of the new Andhra capital.

Attiring Local Tradition for the Global Market

A single practice among several others in an indigenous knowledge system often emerges as the dominant and most visible face of the traditional practices. Can the Global Ayurveda Festival and new Jeevani project attempt a course correction?

Problems with the Eco-Sensitive Zone

Eco-Sensitive Zones are being touted by the government as transition zones around protected forest areas, that would minimise forest depletion and man-animal conflict. This report, from the Corbett National Park, suggests how ESZs marginalise local interests and would prove detrimental to conservation in the long run.

Apartheid has not Ended

The student and workers protest across South African universities has highlighted the inequitable growth and racism that still exists even after 21 years of democratic rule. This article traces the roots of the #FeesMustFall movement and charts a path for solidarity with other marginalised groups in the country.

Sidelining the Most Vulnerable

A lot of hand-wringing and promises aside, COP21 is turning out to be another climate conference where the developed countries refuse to commit to norms set by previous summits. While India has maintained a principled and independent stance at COP21 so far, it remains to be seen if it is sidelined in the coming days. A report from the 2015 United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 21 on climate change in Paris.

Change or Stability

What does the return of the People’s Action Party in the Singapore elections signify? The authors suggest that this verdict vindicates the trend of the steady spread of the norms of democratic participation and constitutional democracy in Singapore.

Statement to Maintain Tolerance and Ensure Justice

Open letter to the President, the Prime Minister and central government, the Governors and Ministers of different state governments, and the Chief Justice and other Justices of the Supreme Court and High Courts of India.

Where is Caste in Development?

A starting point for the new Maha Gathbandhan government in Bihar can be revisiting some of its own earlier proposals including implementation of land reforms , strong action against caste militias and ensuring justice to thousands of Dalits in the state, common schooling system and creating strong and equitable public service infrastructure delinked from the neoliberal obsession with growth.

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