The Problem in Dals

Why has pulse production stagnated despite measures to boost production being well known?

Taking Cars Off the Road

Delhi's proposal to take cars off the road may only be a band-aid, but it must be allowed to work.

Editorials

Can the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act be insulated from the political executive?

Commentary

The Government of India's target of 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022 reflects two perspectives. One, it embodies a practical need and urgency for solar energy from climate and energy security points of view. The other perspective, however...

Commentary

For a comprehensive analysis of the influence of relative factor prices on the nature of manufacturing or any other economic activity, one should include not just labour and capital but also land.

Commentary

India’s first-past-the-post electoral system has generated a series of political defi ciencies that have prompted discussion of institutional change. In March 2015, the Law Commission of India concluded that a hybrid electoral system that...

Commentary

In a bid to fast-track environmental clearances for industrial projects, the Narendra Modi government constituted a high-level committee in 2014 under T S R Subramanian to review key environmental laws. In the context of the controversial...

Commentary

Exploiting a loophole in India's constitutional anti-defection provisions, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Telangana, has been serving as minister in the state cabinet for more than six months without having...

Commentary

The local and global "other" can never hope to approximate the dominant Western ideals of sexual normality, for the terms of sexual normality and modernity are constantly being rescripted to police entries into the ranks of the Western...

Commentary

Despite Bhutan's deliberate policy direction of promoting non-economic goals embodied in gross national happiness over gross domestic product, does GNH still incorporate the promotion of material well-being through adequate living standards based...

Book Reviews

Gaza Unsilenced edited by Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad, Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2015; pp 320, $21.

Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014; pp 422, Rs 2,722.98...

Book Reviews

Interrogating Women's Leadership and Empowerment edited by Omita Goyal,New Delhi: SagePublications, first published in 2015; pp 265, hardback Rs 895.

Perspectives

Wildlife conservation is increasingly being portrayed as a "war," where conservation organisations take moral positions against poaching. Military methods are being heavily used to complement the already existing fences. The discourse...

Special Articles

This paper explores the prehistory of the Land Acquisition Act of 1894. By focusing on colonial Calcutta, it traces the emergence, development and various legal justifications of the principle of eminent domain under the East India Company rule....

Special Articles

Gender responsive budgeting in India has been in practice for 10 years. An assessment reveals a mixed picture. There are number of positive developments, such as changes in select planning and budgeting processes and creation of gender budget...

Special Articles

Drawing from the 60th and 68th rounds of National Sample Survey Office, this study evaluates the impact of different (social, commercial and target-oriented) health insurance schemes on access to healthcare use, and cost of care and financing of...

Notes

How do people reassess their beliefs in the light of new information? Do people follow the Bayesian rule of utility maximisation? Or are there other aspects that people take into account when updating their beliefs? In order to better understand...

Notes

The idea that end-to-end computerisation can reduce public distribution system leakage has been theorised, but not yet examined in practice. This note tries to fill the gap by conducting a case study of the information technology system for PDS...

Economic Notes

The tax revenues of the union government have surged in the first half of 2015–16, growing much faster than budgeted. Indirect taxes led the rate of growth of tax revenue collections, while direct tax collections grew less than expected....