ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Socio-economic Inequality in Longevity in India

Two new indices, the index of representation in longevity and the index of socio-economic inequality in longevity, are presented for examining socio-economic inequality in longevity in India. The India Human Development Survey data from the 2004–05 and 2011–12 rounds are used to investigate socio-economic inequality based on caste, occupation, economic classes, and geographic regions. The findings suggest that India suffers from substantial socio-economic inequality in longevity with the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Muslims being worst off. Groups such as agricultural and non-agricultural labourers, petty traders, and lower economic classes were substantially under-represented in longevity. Regionally, the south and west have over-representation, whereas the central, east, and north-east have under-representation in longevity. 

Violent Occupation, Unreasonable Restrictions, Collective Punishment: A Reading List on the Israel–Palestine Crisis in Gaza

Continued violence and non-recognition of basic rights have marked the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The self-governed Gaza Strip has faced “collective punishment” and “retaliation” by Israel in response to Palestinian resistance to occupation. The international community’s failure to hold Israel to account is marked by the non-recognition of the Palestinian claims to justice.

Palestine: Grace under Repression

In Palestine, the word "Occupation" hits you smack between the eyes, trips you up, ties you down. You can never get enough distance between it and yourself. It is hard, when 90% of your land is under the Israelis, and only 10% can be claimed as your own - with their permission. When the colour of your Identity Card - blue for Jerusalem, green for the West Bank, brown for Gaza - determines your mobility within your own country, when there are 570 checkpoints controlled by the Israeli Defence Forces in the tiny area of the West Bank. A reflection on land, the Wall and country on the occasion of a visit to Palestine for the Palestine Literary Festival that was held between 1 and 7 May.

Palestine : Collapse of Peace Process

The collapse of the peace process has painfully exposed the fact that the demand for an independent state of Palestine has become utopian. Even if it could be accomplished as a formality, it would in reality be no more than a set of Bantustans, manipulated entirely by the Israeli Defence Forces and the Israeli state. And the problem of how Israel can swallow the Occupied Territories without a fatal attack of indigestion that wrecks Israel at large immediately raises 1948 all over again.

Palestine : Multiple Faces of Intifada

Now entering its sixth month, the 'Al-Aksa Intifada' as it has been baptised by the Palestinian leadership has changed many aspects of the confrontation with the Israeli occupation. With Ariel Sharon as prime minister of Israel, the uprising faces even more tests and challenges.

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