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The Researcher’s Guide to the Indian Bureaucracy

A researcher reflects on approaching and gathering information from the vast and diverse bureaucracy of the Indian state.

Shalishi in West Bengal

Traditional community/village level dispute resolution systems still coexist with formal processes of justice and administration. The `shalishi' is one such method of arbitration in West Bengal that has been used by NGOs to intervene effectively in settling domestic violence cases. Shalishi scores over the more formal legal avenues of dispute resolution because of its informal set up. But deriving its legitimacy as it does from the conventional norms and values of the community it works in favour of keeping the family intact, often compromising feminist notions of empowerment.

UP: BJP's Caste Card

Though the UP government claims that its decision to implement the Hukum Singh Committee's recommendations will promote an equitable system of job reservation, it also serves up for the BJP a master electoral stroke as it seeks to woo the traditional support base of its major rivals, the SP and the BSP.

Lessons from History

The follow-up report on the Hashimpura killings (1987) (‘Hashimpura Killings’ by Iqbal Ansari, EPW, December 30, 2000) reflects the apathy of our rulers towards the masses. Down memory lane, I recollect today that at the time of the brutal killings, the late Bir Bahadur Singh was chief minister of...

Central Value Added Tax

Excise taxes were, till 1998, the most disappointing feature of the entire tax reform process. But the substantial progress made in the last two years must now be brought to fruition by completing the move to a comprehensive central producer VAT (CENVAT). A simultaneous reform of the central service tax system would lay the ground for its integration into the CENVAT, perhaps a year or two later.
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