The Responsibility for Iraq

The wages of the US invasion, occupation and meddling are now being paid by the people of Iraq.

Race to the Bottom

The Modi government's labour policy seeks to remove workers' protection to increase business competitiveness.

Editorials

Jute workers' violence is a desperate cry for help.

Commentary

The reports of the Intelligence Bureau should facilitate, not hinder, people-oriented development; and strengthen, not erode, the democratic processes. For this to be possible, the report on any given subject should be well-researched, accurate...

Commentary

Budaun is not an isolated story. It illustrates the vulnerability and disentitlement of dalit-bahujan groups everywhere.

Commentary

This article is a look at the subtext of the transition from the politics represented by the United Progressive Alliance government to that represented by the Bharatiya Janata Party. On another level, an ethnographic reading of the voters'...

Commentary

One stated agenda of the new government is a commitment to addressing business concerns by smoothening the path to environmental clearances for projects and lowering transaction costs. The Supreme Court had earlier directed the central government...

Commentary

A discussion of the long-standing proposal to establish a Public Debt Management Agency that would be independent of the central bank. There is need for a separation but there must be greater clarity than at present on the independence the agency...

Commentary

Despite its "modern" education system with its progressive values, caste-based values dominate India's educational institutions. The brahminical way of understanding educational achievements is prevalent and the state has become...

Commentary

Daily wage workers, the most marginalised urban residents, standing at roadsides to secure work is an age-old practice in India. The recent police atrocities towards them at the Jakhan Chowk in Dehradun, in the name of "clearing",...

Commentary

The State Action Plan on Climate Change is important for adaptation policies in India. This article, however, shows signifi cant gaps and variations in vulnerability assessment methodologies used among different states, which becomes cumbersome...

Commentary

Viktor Orbán's re-election as president in Hungary's elections held in April 2014 was made possible due to a variety of factors - the illegitimacy of the "liberal" opposition, change in voting rules and the general...

Book Reviews

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White and the Making of a New World Order by Benn Steil (New Jersey: Princeton University Press and Council on Foreign Relations), 2013; pp 449, $29.95 (hardcover).

Book Reviews

Oceans Connect: Reflections on Water Worlds across Time and Space edited by Rila Mukherjee (Delhi: Primus Books), 2013; pp xvi + 286, Rs 995.

Book Reviews

Indigo Plantations and Science in Colonial India by Prakash Kumar (New Delhi: Cambridge University Press), 2013; pp 334, Rs 995.

Perspectives

India today is in the midst of a "media revolution". The formative phase of the digital revolution is a great time to be a journalist. It is a moment when there is the opportunity to build a "bully pulpit" - a new and...

Political Economy of Pakistan / Special Issues

Five scholars engage with S Akbar Zaidi's proposed agenda for research in the political economy of Pakistan, "Rethinking Pakistan's Political Economy" (1 February 2014). Majed Akhter introduces the discussion, Aasim Sajjad...

Political Economy of Pakistan / Special Issues

S Akbar Zaidi has to be congratulated for initiating the quite formidable task of “rethinking Pakistan’s political economy” in the face of both global stereotyping and the poor state of social sciences within the country. My PhD...

Political Economy of Pakistan / Special Issues

Akbar Zaidi’s (2014: 47) article “is a critique of how the political economy has been constructed in Pakistan, especially with regard to the state and the military (perhaps for understandable reasons usually seen as one and the same...

Political Economy of Pakistan / Special Issues

Contemporary scholars of Pakistan are in agreement about the defining characteristics marking the changing nature of capital accumulation in the country. Notable features include the rise of the retail, wholesale and small-scale manufacturing...

Political Economy of Pakistan / Special Issues

The township of Lyari in Karachi has been proffered as a space in the heart of metropolitan Pakistan that exists outside of the de facto writ of the state. Its geographical boundaries purportedly mark the limits of law, a space where “the...

Political Economy of Pakistan / Special Issues

In the Preface to a new book (to be published next month) which examines Pakistan’s political economy afresh, having lamented the state of social science discourse in Pakistan, I write,

Special Articles

This paper identifies the channels and processes which have increased the vulnerability of employment in the organised manufacturing sector. It explores the exemptions from specific labour regulations accorded to particular activities and locates...

Special Articles

This article focuses on the absence of a torture "debate" in India. The absence is striking when considered in relation to the National Human Rights Commission's statistics that there were 1,473 deaths in judicial custody and 124 in...

Special Articles

This article presents an argument for a national training fund in the country. With the growing need for skill development and single financing mechanism by the government, an alternative source of funds for training is required. It explains why...

Notes

India has the advantage of high quality researchers and growing markets at home and abroad. However, it is, at present, a very minor player in the global research and development arena. If the right steps are taken, such as enhanced R&D...