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Aam Aadmi Party: Government of the Governed?

Aam Aadmi Party, in its attempt to subvert the process of government decision making, is probably drawing from Rousseau’s social contract theory, where the idea of popular sovereignty, or the sovereignty of the people, gains authority over parliament.

The Aam Aadmi Party's win in Delhi: Dissecting it through Geographical Information Systems

A preliminary look at the electoral performance of the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi state using Geographical Information System (GIS) tools allows us to make some qualitative conclusions that could have a bearing on the AAP's political strategy going forward.

Indian Migrant Workers Rioting in Singapore

If the government of Singapore wants to prevent the occurrence of riots, similar to the one which took place recently in Little India involving Indian migrant workers, it must urgently address the concerns of the voiceless and low-skilled migrant community, which finds it difficult to assimilate culturally and otherwise in the host country.

A Nicobarese Tribal Leader Who Lived Two Lives

The premature death of Paul Joora, the former chairman of the Nicobarese tribal council in the Great and Little Nicobar Islands, in 2012 has left a void in the Nicobarese society. This article briefly reflects upon Joora’s vision for the rehabilitation of his community in the aftermath of the tsunami, which hit the Nicobar archipelago in 2004.

March For a Minimum Living Wage

On 12 December 2013, more than a lakh workers predominantly from the unorganised sector marched on Parliament to demand a minimum living wage, social security measures and regulariation of work. The call had been given by trade unions across the political spectrum and the participants came from all parts of the country. However, mainstream and popular media remained indifferent and ignored the rally, much like earlier times.

Value Through Exogenous Distribution

Krishna R Bharadwaj is well known for, among other things, her research into the Cambridge economist Piero Sraffa's work on economic theory. Her review of Sraffa's book 'Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities: Prelude to a Critique of Economic Theory', which was published in The Economic Weekly in 1963 was acknowledged by Sraffa himself as a knowledgeable discussion of the book. EPW brings to its readers this review from the archives followed by a letter to Krishna Bharadwaj by an avid reader.

Translating Symbolism into Action: AAP's jhadus

The Aam Aadmi Party should engage with the problems of the manual scavengers and waste pickers earnestly to translate their symbolism - using the jhadu as their election symbol, into action.

A Message to the Aam Aadmi Party

The Aam Aadmi Party’s victory lends credence to the belief that idealism can triumph over established political parties like the Congress and the BJP and shows that violent and unscrupulous means are not the only way to gain electoral success.

Release of Bt-Brinjal in Bangladesh: A Threat to the Region

Despite the indefinite moratorium imposed on the cultivation of Bt-Brinjal in India and a ban on its field trials in Philippines, Bangladesh has gone ahead with the commercial release of the genetically modified vegetable. With this move, the region, considered to be the centre of origin and diversity of brinjal, now stands exposed to transgenic contamination of the indigenous varieties of this common vegetable.

The Transformation of Charitable Hospitals

The reported dismissal of two doctors in one of Delhi's most prestigious charitable hospitals points to the growing commercialisation of the medical profession and the struggle of not-for-profit health services to operate amid the proliferation of for-profit hospitals.

Glimpses from the Past: Export Strategy for the Take-Off

This article written by Manmohan Singh, then a young economics scholar, was published in the Special issue of July 1963 of the Economic Weekly . Fifty years later, he occupies the position of the Prime Minister of India, yet the debate over India's export strategy remains as vexed as ever. EPW brings you this article from its rich achives to foster debate and discussion on issues that remain as relevant now as it was back then.

The Reality of Abenomics

Abenomics is a chimera, living on borrowed time and money. A package of neo-liberal reforms touted as a cure-all for the Japanese economy, it will end up only helping the privileged and well-connected while leaving the nation worse off than before.


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