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COVER STORY

08-08-2014

Budget

Neoliberal twins

Briefing

Cover Story

More of the same

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
By trimming government expenditure, raising resources through means that would aggravate cost-push inflation and relying on private investment to revive growth, the Narendra Modi government’s first Budget intensifies what was begun under the UPA government.
Social sector

Hollow promises

JAYATI GHOSH Cover Story
There is a decline in real terms in the budget allocations to crucial areas of the social sector.
Policy

Specious macroeconomics

Cover Story
Three examples from the major policy pronouncements made by Arun Jaitley in his Budget prove the erroneous thinking behind the exercise.
Economic Survey

‘Free market’ manifesto

VENKATESH ATHREYA Cover Story
The Economic Survey, while containing rich empirical material, is limited hugely by its unswerving faith in the “optimality” of free markets.
Granville Austin

Interpreter of a Constitution

Obituary
Granville Austin (1927-2014) decisively paved the way for Indians to understand the meaning of their Constitution through two outstanding, groundbreaking books.

Letters to the Editor

Letters
West Asia IT is unfortunate that Iraq is in a deep and complex crisis because of the ongoing war between the jehadis led by the Islamic State of Iraq ...
Data Card

Organic farming

The entry of big business defeats the organic farming movement’s raison d’etre—to counter the corporatisation of agricultural practices.
Gujarat

Beniwal goes to Mizoram

The Nation
EVER since Kamla Beniwal became the Governor of Gujarat in 2007 she has been a thorn in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s side. In what seems to be a ...
Maharashtra

Reservation blocked in tribal areas

The Nation
WITHIN a fortnight of the Maharashtra government announcing its intention to reserve government jobs and seats in educational institutions for ...
Intolerance

Academic turned away

The Nation
JUST as Noam Chomsky was refused entry to the West Bank in 2010 by Israeli immigration officials, Penny Vera-Sanso, senior lecturer in Development ...
Maharashtra

‘Paid news’ notice to Ashok Chavan

The Nation
ASHOK CHAVAN is no stranger to controversy. If the Adarsh Housing Society scam cost him his chief ministership in November 2010, now it is the “paid ...
Editorial

Happy days are not in sight

Cover Story
THE first Budget of the Narendra Modi sarkar has largely been treated with kid gloves by media commentators, even by some who have drawn attention to ...

Dream train

The Nation
THE bells and whistles in Sadananda Gowda’s otherwise dull budget, which was marked by the solemn promise of fiscal rectitude, clearly lay in the ...
Gender Justice

Undoing fatwas

Sagnik Dutta Social Issues
The Supreme Court ruling that fatwas issued by sharia courts cannot be enforced is significant in furthering the movement for securing gender justice within the framework of personal laws.
Essay

Roots of Indian secularism

The Nation
The battle between Indian nationalism and Hindu nationalism must continue to be fought, and not by politicians alone. The roots of Indian secularism lie in the 19th century, as an inseparable part of Indian nationalism.
Cover Story

More of the same

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
By trimming government expenditure, raising resources through means that would aggravate cost-push inflation and relying on private investment to revive growth, the Narendra Modi government’s first Budget intensifies what was begun under the UPA government.
Afghanistan

From crisis to crisis

World Affairs
An election process marked by malpractices by all parties and the possibility of the Taliban’s return to share power make the future of Afghanistan bleak.
United Kingdom

Home-grown jehadis

HASAN SUROOR in London World Affairs
Brainwashed by Islamist propaganda in Internet chat rooms and secret conclaves, hordes of British Muslim youths are tripping on jehadi safaris, volunteering to fight other Muslims in the numerous conflict zones of West Asia.
The Maldives

Long arm of the U.S.

R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN World Affairs
U.S. Marshals openly violate Maldivian laws to “arrest” a Russian tourist in Male airport and fly him to Guam, where he is charged with hacking and credit card fraud.
Social sector

Hollow promises

JAYATI GHOSH Cover Story
There is a decline in real terms in the budget allocations to crucial areas of the social sector.
Editorial

Happy days are not in sight

Cover Story
THE first Budget of the Narendra Modi sarkar has largely been treated with kid gloves by media commentators, even by some who have drawn attention to ...
Essay

Roots of Indian secularism

The Nation
The battle between Indian nationalism and Hindu nationalism must continue to be fought, and not by politicians alone. The roots of Indian secularism lie in the 19th century, as an inseparable part of Indian nationalism.
Railway Budget

On a different track

V. Sridhar The Nation
The Railway budget’s emphasis on wooing private capital threatens the Railway’s long-term financial health.
Migrant workers

Of human bondage

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
An Amnesty International India report on Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia calls attention to their vulnerability to abuse and exploitative recruitment practices and the lack of an emigration law that guarantees them certain basic rights.
Tamil Nadu

Shadow of fear

Ilangovan Rajasekaran Social Issues
The pre-dawn arrest of Dalits from Naikkankottai village in Dharmapuri district brings back fearful memories to the Dalit colonies and deepens the caste divide.

Dream train

The Nation
THE bells and whistles in Sadananda Gowda’s otherwise dull budget, which was marked by the solemn promise of fiscal rectitude, clearly lay in the ...
Migrant workers

Of human bondage

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
An Amnesty International India report on Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia calls attention to their vulnerability to abuse and exploitative recruitment practices and the lack of an emigration law that guarantees them certain basic rights.
EDUARD SHEVARDNADZE

Silver Fox of Georgia

Obituary
Eduard Shevardnadze (1928-2014) will be remembered for his role, along with Gorbachev, in the dismantling of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc.
WORLD CUP

One for the memories

It was all there: drama, glory and heartbreak, magical display of skills and biting brutality, the making of new heroes and the breaking of old reputations and, above all, sublime football. It was indeed a World Cup to remember.
Zohra Sehgal

On the wings of a dream

Sohail Hashmi Obituary
As a young girl in the conservative milieu of Lahore in the 1920s, Zohra Sehgal dreamt of becoming an actor. That dream not only came true but lasted almost 80 years, leaving us with performances that will be cherished for a long time.