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Can the G20 Summit 2013 Deliver?

The core objectives of the G20 Summit, scheduled for September 2013, are stated to be sustainable inclusive and balanced growth and job creation around the world. There is a need for G20 Countries to first evolve and adopt a composite tool – Growth, Equity, Conflict and Sustainability (GECS) Audit – that could enable an integrated measurement of growth, equality, sustainability and potentiality for conflict generation of growth initiatives. Radical reform of international financial architecture would also be required to make available credit to promote small and micro-enterprises. Finally, global tax reforms must be debated to dismantle tax havens and prevent tax avoidance.

The Dilemmas and Challenges faced by the Rationalist Indian

The murder of the anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar points to the society’s intolerance of criticism against religious beliefs and practices. The rampant misuse of Section 295A of the Indian penal code, which penalises “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings”, needs to be curbed. Unless space is provided for constructive and rational criticism, social reforms to stamp out regressive and evil practices cannot be undertaken.

Second Wave of Neoliberalism: Financialisation and Crisis in Post-War Sri Lanka

Altering the economic and social landscape of Sri Lanka, the neoliberal policies pursued by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government have exacerbated inequitable development, indebtedness, and the marginalisation of the Muslim and Tamil minorities. Whether the crisis in the economy would lead to political changes that will reverse the economic slide and ethnic polarisation, remains to be seen.

Voices from Niyamgiri

The unanimous vote by 12 gram sabhas in Odisha’s Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, rejecting Vedanta Aluminium Ltd and the Odisha Mining Corporation’s plan to extract bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills, is a historic and significant precedent that could determine the course of similar developments in other tribal areas in India.

The Fallacy of Liberal Democracy

Accommodation on all sides – the left, liberal sections as well as those supporting the Muslim Brotherhood – in Egypt is essential if the society is not to spiral towards sectarian murders.

Egypt: Tragedy of a Postmodern Revolution

The popular uprising against the authoritarian President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, culminated in his removal by the army and the subsequent massacre of his Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The unfolding events have nullified any democratic gains which the country had made after the January 25, 2011 revolution. Today, Egypt stands deeply polarised and is perhaps on the precipice of civil war.

PhD Theses and Online Availability in India

Locking away awarded PhD theses instead of publishing them for public and academic knowledge only encourages mediocrity and enhances poor academic practices. It also propagates unhealthy hierarchy among universities and hinders the advancement of knowledge.

Economists on the Wrong Foot

The rather banal Amartya Sen-Jagdish Bhagwati debate that is being played out in the Indian media misses out what is, in many ways, the crucial third agent (beyond the state and the market), in whose name development is carried out: people organised as communities and collectives.

The Telangana Tangle Begins to Unravel

Notwithstanding the popular upsurge for the separate state of Telangana, it is clear that when the state is actually created it will be on capitalist turf and on capitalist terms. The declaration has been made on the basis of electoral compulsions of the Congress party that has pledged to abandon the nominal socialist agenda, which characterised the earlier aspirations for a separate state .

The Attempt to Murder at JNU - Not Just a Case of Individual Insanity

Even in a campus like Jawaharlal Nehru University, where relative safety and liberal values are guaranteed, the society’s patriarchal notions about women and their standing have not been successfully overcome. The recent murderous attack on a young woman by a “jilted” classmate exemplifies this.

Rape and Honour Crimes: The NCRB Report 2012

The statistics presented in the recently released National Crime Records Bureau report 2012, reaffirm the rising trend of crimes against women. The abysmal conviction rate for these crimes reveals the ineptness of the criminal justice system, which continues to remain hostile to women across the country. The exact extent of honour crimes is not known because these have yet to be recognised by law. The lawmakers need to shed their apathy and design laws to tackle these crimes.

Konkani: The Script Controversy

Written in multiple scripts ‒Roman, Nagari, Kannada, Persian-Arabic and Malayalam‒ the Kokani language today finds itself at the centre of a debate where arguments are being proposed to establish the primacy of one script over the others. The script controversy in Konkani is deeply enmeshed with issues of belonging, dignity, access to resources and the idea of nation that one wishes to cherish.

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