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Commentary

Commentary
Released 34 years after the previous policy on education, the National Education Policy, 2020 is framed in a context that is unrecognisable from that of the past policies. This article examines the...
In its quest for food security, India pursued high-productivity agriculture with state support, which was gradually withdrawn resulting in agrarian distress, as also environmental damage...
A recent national survey on governance and performance in the pandemic times, has ranked Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the top in the popularity index among his counterparts. Taking over...
The palpable rightward shift of the Congress in Kerala, specifically with regard to Sabarimala, is consistent with the conservative political posturing which the party has for long articulated in the...
The coronavirus pandemic, nationwide lockdown and the Indian demography are explored through the prisms of caste, class and gender. There is an evident link between the degree of vulnerability and...
Access to identity cards for availing basic services offered by the government is a process full of impediments. However, such access will not only help in the betterment of the life of citizens but...
The Kerala Congress(M) holds the capacity to alter the equilibrium of coalition politics in Kerala. However, for the Left Democratic Front to benefit from the KC(M)’s entry into its fold, an extended...
The response of the people of the Jammu region to the abrupt changes made in Jammu and Kashmir, both related to revocation of the special constitutional status of the state and its reorganisation, is...
A long-term strategy is needed to mitigate the processes in India that lead to climate change. This strategy, if implemented through a proper institutional framework and after including the crucial...
The air quality levels are degrading in urban areas posing severe implications for human health and lifestyle. The quality of air we breathe is not only determined by the location of pollution...
Backsliding of democracy cannot be arrested by top-down notions such as a Marshall Plan for Democracy or a Global Summit for Democracy, mooted by the Western political leaders. Upholding democracy...
Indian states engage with foreign countries on the rigorous logic of our constitutional provision that foreign affairs is exclusively a “union” subject. This has conditioned state participation in...
The literary expertise and journey of late B D Dhawan are detailed upon, along with a look at his contributions to the Economic & Political Weekly .
A comprehensive literature review summarises what is known about the implementation and effectiveness of women’s groups in improving nutrition outcomes, and highlights key areas that the next...
The fastest-growing technologically competitive industry, which was first revolutionised by Apple and later by Google’s Android platform is looked at. The credit for the growing competitiveness in...
Inclusive development is juxtaposed with human development. It is argued that for development to have a human face, human development approach is the only answer.
Autobiographies and memoirs of Ashraf Muslims reveal that in their perception and presentation of the issues of Muslims vis-à-vis the state/democracy, secularism becomes a dominant concern, while the...
The new land laws implemented by the union government in Jammu and Kashmir are cataclysmic, as they seek to upend a legal structure that emerged out of one of the most successful land reforms in...
The Government of Bihar repealed the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act in 2006 intending to encourage private parties in agricultural marketing, which was supposed to provide more...
With the passing away of Tarun Gogoi and assembly elections due in April 2021, the Congress party faces three formidable challenges: resolving leadership crisis and organisational revamping, forging...
Although caste is a crucial reality in West Bengal, a declining Dalit movement post partition, the neglect of caste questions by the Left Front, and the failure of forging a broader Dalit solidarity...
A law that allows deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profiling and databasing of people is in the making in India. It was introduced as the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 in the...
The share of resources distributed in the stimulus package to the farmers and labourers is very less as compared to other stakeholders of the economy. As public policy is influenced by bargaining...
The minimum support price and the public procurement system are indispensable for national food security, public distribution system, farmer livelihood and welfare, and agricultural growth. Over time...
Like the majority of rivers in India, Mula and Mutha rivers of Pune, Maharashtra, have been condensed to severely polluted, vulnerable waterbodies. These rivers are burdened further as they are set...
The response of people of Ladakh to the formation of the union territory, as it has manifested one year later, is analysed. After an initial sense of satisfaction to their long-pending demand for UT...
The Government of India has rolled out new rules to restrict third country imports routed through free trade agreement partners for availing preferential tariff benefits. However, the regulatory and...
The Reserve Bank of India’s loan repayment moratorium, announced at the end of March 2020 and extended to 31 August 2020, was conceptualised and implemented as a COVID-19 crisis-response measure...
Punjab’s economy, including its agriculture, has been in crisis for some time on various fronts. But the pandemic provided an opportunity to the state government to set up an expert committee to...
An analysis of state and institutional responses to COVID-19 demonstrates the importance of global interconnectedness of the goals and targets to prevent the pandemic’s spread. These rationales also...
This article is an exploration into the self-representation of online Muslim youth and their engagement with contemporary politics. It is based on an analysis of responses to tweets on the recent...
Narratives of the new Cold War and the “liberal” West versus “authoritarian” China are neither adequate to grasp the political economy of contemporary China, nor do they explain global contradictions...
The legal ramifications of the recently promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 are examined by juxtaposing popular perceptions of inter-religious...
Till 1990–91, Jammu and Kashmir used to be a food surplus state, but it turned into a food-deficit state by 2000, due to changing land use pattern, stagnant agricultural production, unfavourable...
Income and consumption growth rates vary for different income groups. Data shows that beyond the headline gross domestic product growth rate, there is a significant heterogeneity in growth rates...
The complex nature of contestation between the forest department and the local communities (that is, Van Gujjars) in the Rajaji National Park is explored, with special reference to the recent violent...
For macroeconomics, the government is divided into the central bank and the treasury. Positive profits recorded by the first are cancelled out as a negative item in the second. However, a debate has...
Crude oil price becoming negative is one of the rare events that happened after World War II in the energy sector. The real reason for oil prices to move into sub-zero level is not attributable to...
Although agricultural start-ups in India took a hit due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown, they have enormous potential in aiding economic recovery. A survey of 162 start-ups from 29 states, located...
V N Datta, Professor Emeritus of History, Kurukshetra University, breathed his last on 30 November 2020. He was 94. His long life was what, by any standards, would be judged as happy, fulfilling, and...
The return of the left to power in Bolivia is a product of the role played by social movement organisations of workers, peasants and indigenous people in organising militant resistance to the...
Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic’s interlinkages with illegal wildlife trade have caught a lot of attention and been touted as a primary cause. Dwelling on the carrier species of coronavirus...
Analysis of the current and emergent correlation of forces between US–China–Russia points towards a new era of one super-imperialist power coexisting with a triadic form of major inter-imperialist...
With the effects of the pandemic becoming increasingly severe by the day, there has been an almost total shift to online modes of operation. However, this has created a huge digital divide in the...
An in-depth accounting of toilet coverage is more vital than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic makes its way through India. While independent research is still emerging, available data is used to...
The genesis and evolution of the COVID-19-led migrant crisis in India, along with the institutional responses, is discussed. The focus is on the shortcomings of the response, especially taking into...
C P Bhambri believed that the task of social science, like all other sciences, was to arrive at the truth on the basis of well-established facts. It was for his students and listeners to present an...
The COVID-19 pandemic may affect the financing opportunities for innovation. The revenue loss induced by the pandemic is likely to divert the existing resources in aiding firm survival and economic...
When the goods and services tax was introduced in July 2017, states were given a revenue guarantee of 14% per annum on their GST revenue over the base year 2015–16. Using data on revenue from...
India’s public health system has struggled to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Even before the pandemic, India’s public health infrastructure was inadequate with only 0.55 beds per 1,000 population,...
The National Education Policy, 2020 unveiled finally seeks to usher in major structural reforms in higher education. Among many measures, revamping of the entire regulatory structure to construct a...
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown led to the closure of all markets in Manipur, including the Tribal Market Complex in Imphal East. This article focuses on how the women vendors...
Coherent national strategies, backed by regional cooperation efforts, offer a way forward for economic recovery in South Asia, which is rapidly becoming the next COVID-19 global hotspot. Challenges...
Sections 357 and 357-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 lay down the procedure for granting compensation to the victims of crime. Under the latter section, each state of the country is to set...
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