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COVER STORY

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05-08-2016

Unequal growth

25 years of liberalisation

Briefing

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Manufacturing

Malfunctioning hub

Lead Story
The promise of the advocates of neoliberalism to position India as a factory for the world remains a pipe dream, thanks to the very policies that they
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Labour

Boom and bust

Lead Story
There is growing uncertainty about job security in the I.T. sector; and the retrenchment of “non-performers” by TCS in Hyderabad has come as a grim pi
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Agrarian crisis

Price is the rub

Lead Story
Trade liberalisation policies and integration of domestic and market prices of natural rubber have severely affected rubber cultivators of Kerala and
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Jute disaster

Lead Story
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Cover Story

The myth of growth

Lead Story
Economic growth in the last 25 years after liberalisation has been riding on a credit bubble. It has not made the manufacturing or exports sector robu
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Five-year Plans

Demise of planning

Lead Story
India’s planning process has had serious democracy deficits, but the country needs a similar mechanism to cope with the challenges posed by neoliberal
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Agriculture

Reaping distress

Lead Story
The inability to resolve pressing problems with respect to the production, distribution and availability of food is one of the important failures of t
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Economic liberalism

Some gains, big losses

Data Stories
Economic liberalism has boosted services and exports but at the cost of agriculture and public sector jobs.
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Media

All in the name of news

Lead Story
In the out-and-out corporate media environment that exists today, market-friendly value systems are a natural consequence and crony capitalist behavio
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Judiciary

Justice for all?

Lead Story
The Supreme Court’s decisions over the past two decades display a shift in its approach to socio-economic issues. The impact of neoliberalism is evid
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Essay

Libel is no crime

India
The Supreme Court’s recent judgment pronouncing defamation as a criminal offence is out of sync with the law in the democratic world, where it is ess
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A story of deceit

World Affairs
Threads in the John Chilcot Inquiry point to the U.S. but the debate over Iraq has been placed on mute in Washington.
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Bangladesh

Language of violence

World Affairs
The recent terror attacks in Bangladesh prove beyond doubt that a section of society is deeply radicalised. Yet, some citizens believe the country’s v
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King’s Constitution

Books
On the similarities of the Constitutions of princely Tripura and India.
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Reimagining socialism in U.S.

Books
The author examines the Left’s critical role in American history and underscores the need to rejuvenate it in the current context.
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Controversy

Under the scanner

India
Zakir Naik, who is caught in a controversy after the terrorist killings in Dhaka, is essentially an orthodox cleric.
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K.G. Subramanyan

For one to be so many

Obituary
K.G. Subramanyan (1924-2016) was an extraordinary mix of honesty and compassion, a genius of his time and other times to come who created radical new
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Iraq

Partners in crime

World Affairs
The Iraq Inquiry Report establishes that Tony Blair deceived and misled the public and Parliament on Iraq, and hid uncomfortable information from them
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Wildlife

Saving the tiger’s land

Conservation
A stable tiger population in India in the past four decades sends out a clear signal that there is a need to establish “conservation zones” where all
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Terrorism

Striking at will

World Affairs
Under pressure on many fronts from Syria to Turkey to Iraq, the Daesh reverts to guerilla tactics, leading to a surge in terror attacks in many countr
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Jammu & Kashmir

Valley of fire

India
The anger and violence in Kashmir following the killing of the Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani defines the heightened anti-India sentiment in the
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Short Story

Kannan’s Grand Mission

Literature
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NATO

Cold War cloud

World Affairs
The NATO summit in Warsaw reinforces its collective defence strategy with Russia and China as its targets.
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Environment

Paradigm shift

Lead Story
If environmentalism was a cause before the 1990s, economic liberalisation erased the boundaries between private capital and the state, and public empa
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Labour

A raw deal

Lead Story
In the neoliberal environment, outsourcing and informalisation of employment is accompanied by the government’s abdication of its responsibility to im
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Public health

Medicine market

Lead Story
The effect of health reforms has been both direct in terms of declining public investment in health-care infrastructure and medical education and indi
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Lessons on a Sanskrit literary style

Books
The strength of this volume does not lie so much in showing changes in the practice of kavya in the ancient and medieval period as in representing cha
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Employment

False promises

Lead Story
Shrinking government sector jobs, outsourcing of labour and reduced government investment are among factors that have affected public utility services
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Social Impact

Uneven development

Lead Story
Liberalisation without government intervention has resulted in asymmetric growth leading to a highly skewed population distribution, overcrowded citie
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Foreign policy

Lost moorings

Lead Story
Twenty-five years of neoliberal economic policies have led to the undermining of India’s strategic autonomy and made India, once the flag-bearer of mo
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Human Development

Growth of inequality

Lead Story
Inequalities in the distributions of consumption expenditure and household wealth have shown a systematic secular increase. This is true of other huma
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Freedom of expression

Life-giving sentence

India
The Madras High Court’s verdict in the case relating to Perumal Murugan’s novel Madhorubagan, upholding the right to write, makes it possible for the
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Mumbai

Mills of history

Lead Story
At one time, the soaring chimneys of textile mills with their names boldly painted on their distinctive saw-toothed roofs dominated the skyscape behin