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National Food Security Ordinance: Anything But Expensive

While critics have overblown the cost estimates of the National Food Security Ordinance, the ordinance itself is a missed opportunity. What is needed is a more comprehensive Act which incorporates measures such as procurement, storage and distribution through a decentralised, strengthened and universal public distribution system, among others and a strong grievance redressal and monitoring mechanism.

2013 Panchayat Elections in West Bengal - A Role Reversal?

The Panchayat elections being held, currently, in West Bengal are witnessing a more virulent form of ruling class absolutism than that was prevalent during Left Front rule. If the Left Front used to disallow any electoral opposition in order to consolidate their power, the present day ruling Trinamul does the same to an even greater extent – as it seeks to reverse gains of social justice and redistribution in rural Bengal.

Laal Kabul Diary

Known for its revolutionary songs and radical politics, Laal a Pakistani music band toured Kabul in June 2013, on the invitation of the left-wing Solidarity Party of Afghanistan. In his diary Taimur Rehman, its lead vocalist, recounts the horror of seeing the city underthe North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) occupation, the hostile attitude of the Afghans towards Pakistanis, and his surprise at the thriving rock music scene in small enclaves in the city.

Comparing NSSO's Employment Surveys - A Methodological Note

Correcting for an error in method, it can be shown that the National Sample Survey Organisation had underestimated employment in 2009-10 and therefore overestimated the number of jobs created between 2009-10 and 2011-12 by over 4 million, bringing the figure down from 13.9 million to around 9.35 million.

Gadar Party: The Centenary Year

It has been a hundred years since the Gadar party was launched in March 1913, in the United States by a band of fiery young Indian expatriates with the aim of waging an armed struggle against British rulers in India. To commemorate the party’s centennial, the author recommends that the Indian government should take some concrete steps to create awareness about the party and the radical and revolutionary movement it unleashed.

Photocopying, kunjis and the public University

Be it in the ban on photocopying or in the manner learning the humanities has been reduced to reading “guidebooks” – the stakeholders in Delhi University face challenges in their effort to reclaim the university space as one for furnishing a critical citizen and a critical knowledge base funded by public money.

Renewal of Democracy in Brazil's Protests

Despite the diversity of the proposals and preferences of the groups on Brazil’s streets, it is possible to identify a common trend among all the types of protesters—the need to make the population the protagonist of public policies, and not just their adjuvant. These protests are democracy itself. All citizens, rich or poor, conservative or left, feel disenfranchised, and they do not see it as unreasonable to voice their complaints about this together. They are pushing to achieve the possibility of public deliberation on policies and a leadership that will truly pursue national development.

Ganti Prasadam - His Legacy Cannot Be Erased

Assassinated by the enemies of the people on July 4 in Nellore, Ganti Prasadam’s legacy, which has taken root in the political culture of the Maoist movement in Andhra Pradesh, will grow and bear fruit.

Human Footprint on the Devabhoomi

In the aftermath of the catastrophic flash floods and landslides that ravaged the state of Uttarakhand in mid-June 2013, we need to analyse the calamity and identify the role of human footprint on the Himalaya in magnifying the losses of life and property in the state.

Clothing Garment Workers in Safety: The Case of Bangladesh

The binding Accord signed by some of the top clothing brands to implement a fire and building safety plan in the wake of the Savar tragedy in Bangladesh is likely to serve as a precedent in supply chain management despite its limitations. A systemic improvement of the working conditions in the garment sector and public safety, however, requires the government to strengthen its laws and state machinery.

Atrocities Against Dalits: The Pabnava Incident

Outraged by the marriage of a dalit boy to an upper caste girl, 200 dalit homes were pillaged and damaged by an upper caste mob in a nondescript village in Haryana on April 13, 2013. A fact finding team, comprising activists, visited Pabnava and released its report on the incident pointing to the prevalent deep rooted caste prejudices in society and the apathy of the administration towards the unfortunate incident.

Sporting Mega-Events: What the Protesting Brazilians Learnt from their BRICS Compatriots

The legendary Pele got an earful from the hundreds of thousands of protestors on the streets of Brazil who refused to heed his appeal to “forget” the protests and support the national football team. Unthinkable as it is, does it indicate that popular protests have finally overcome their inability to challenge the sporting mega-event, that the modern day “circus” is now seen for what it is: a scam of massive proportions?

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