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

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Community Self-governance in Education

The dominant discourse in relation to education of Scheduled Tribes and other so-called weaker sections remains mostly concerned with logistics of providing a package. The inherited colonial dispensation that controls education, its institutions, and governance, is treated as a given absolute. It is to be recognised that not merely education for all, but the democratisation of education lies at the core of justice in education. The struggles for self-determination and self-governance by Adivasis have provided ample legal space to alter the present governance in education to democratise and establish community self-governance in education.

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.

Wall Street Capitalism and the World of Professional Managers

A systemic failure of epic proportions in organisations and institutions that are the foundations of market capitalism is unfolding. This essay takes a broad overview of the nature of the improprieties that led to the collapse of corporate governance systems in some of the largest US corporations. The behaviour of professional managers who run these corporations as well as the supporting self-governing institutions and corporate boards is then discussed in the context of the capital market-driven governance systems within which they operate. The essay concludes by raising a few issues of regulatory accountability that the recent happenings have thrown up.
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