COVER STORY

24-09-2021

Broken promises: 30 Years of Economic 'Reforms' (September 24, 2021)

Briefing

Interview: Dr Ashok Dawale

Dr Ashok Dhawale: ‘Crisis has engulfed agrarian society’

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.
Credit policy and corporate plunder

Creating oligopolies? The pitfalls of neoliberal banking and agri-credit policy

D. Thomas Franco Cover Story
Two successive NDA governments have taken forward the neoliberal agenda set in motion in 1991, with disastrous consequences for banking and agricultural credit that have resulted in greater income inequality and corporate plunder.
Liberalisation of economy

Deregulation: Licence to Loot Raj

V. Sridhar Cover Story
The story of India’s liberalisation drive is the incessant push towards deregulation and privatisation, which has promoted the growth of monopolies, old and new.
Reforms and labour

Labour on hit list for three decades

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
For three decades, successive governments have implemented various measures that undermine workers’ rights in the name of improving ease of doing business. The labour codes of the Modi government are the latest in the series.
Interview: Akkai Padmashali

Akkai Padmashali: Beyond victimhood, reclaiming dignity

Interview with Akkai Padmashali, transgender activist.
Interview: Shafey Kidwai

Syed Ahmad Khan: The 'shaper of India’s collective consciousness’

Interview with Shafey Kidwai, the author of 'Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Reason, Religion and Nation'.
Controversy

Communalising martyrdom

Rajan Gurukkal The Nation
The deletion of the names of two top leaders of the Malabar Mappila rebellion from the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle invalidates the guiding definition of the dictionary and is a repetition of the colonial strategy of entrenching communal divide for retention of state power.
TRIBUTE

Gail Omvedt: Voice of Dalits

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
Gail Omvedt (1941-2021) was an unabashed individual thinker whose works covered caste, class, gender, economics, tribal issues and socio-agricultural matters.
COMMUNALISM

Politics of renaming: Aligarh or Harigarh?

Historical records show that it was the Marathas who came up with the name of Aligarh for their fort in the town Kol, a name which was then extended to the entire district by the English.
Communalism

Controversy over Siva statue in Begur lake, Bengaluru, communalises an environmental issue

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Communalism
The dispute over the unveiling of a Siva statue in Begur lake in violation of a High Court order takes a communal turn, undermining efforts to preserve Bengaluru’s fragile ecosystem.
Interview: Dr Ashok Dawale

Dr Ashok Dhawale: ‘Crisis has engulfed agrarian society’

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.
COMMUNALISM

‘Love jehad’ law: An Act of bias in Gujarat

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Communalism
While the Gujarat High Court’s stay on crucial provisions of the State’s amended anti-conversion law comes as a relief to interfaith couples, it has provoked the BJP into reviving the bogey of love jehad, with an eye on the Assembly election scheduled to be held next year.
Credit policy and corporate plunder

Creating oligopolies? The pitfalls of neoliberal banking and agri-credit policy

D. Thomas Franco Cover Story
Two successive NDA governments have taken forward the neoliberal agenda set in motion in 1991, with disastrous consequences for banking and agricultural credit that have resulted in greater income inequality and corporate plunder.
Liberalisation of economy

Deregulation: Licence to Loot Raj

V. Sridhar Cover Story
The story of India’s liberalisation drive is the incessant push towards deregulation and privatisation, which has promoted the growth of monopolies, old and new.
RESERVATION

The case for caste census

Divya Trivedi The Nation
The Constitution 127th amendment restores the rights of States to determine their list of other backward classes, a power that the Supreme Court verdict in May transferred to the Centre, and stirs up the demand for a caste census.
Reforms and labour

Labour on hit list for three decades

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
For three decades, successive governments have implemented various measures that undermine workers’ rights in the name of improving ease of doing business. The labour codes of the Modi government are the latest in the series.
Tribute

A bruised politician: Syed Ali Shah Geelani was key to the launch of an armed movement in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989

Iftikhar Gilani Obituary
Syed Ali Geelani’s (1929–2021) stance remained unwavering: the solution for Kashmir lies in the plebiscite, a vote to determine whether Kashmir will go to India or to Pakistan, a promise made by India’s first Prime Minister and by Indian diplomats at the U.N.
Interview: Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Syed Ali Shah Geelani: ‘BJP wanted to have dialogue with me’

Anando Bhakto Politics
Interview with Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmir’s veteran pro-resistance leader.
Jammu and Kashmir

Gupkar alliance demands restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood in strongly worded resolution

Anando Bhakto Politics
The Gupkar alliance’s August 24 resolution demanding restoration of the special status and statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and the sudden assertiveness of its leaders are significant indicators of the politics ahead in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of the Taliban’s ascent in Afghanistan.
Appointment of non-Brahmin archakas

Temple of social justice: Tamil Nadu appoints non-Brahmins as 'archakas' in Vedic temples

Ilangovan Rajasekaran Social Issues
In a historic decision, the Tamil Nadu government appoints several non-Brahmin priests to perform rituals in Vedic temples, but casteist elements try to derail the move by challenging it in court.
Industry

Profit over labour: Indian working class the ultimate victims of the neoliberal regime since 1991

Elamaram Kareem Cover Story
If India has become the hot destination for global capitalists since the implementation of neoliberal policies, it is beyond doubt that the industrial scenario has also changed completely after 1991 to the disadvantage of the working class.
Neoliberal reforms

Indian neoliberalism: A toxic gift from global finance

C. P. Chandrasekhar Cover Story
The stock market, with the foreign institutional investor at the centre, has come to symbolise what neoliberalism has to offer. If at Independence freedom from foreign capital was the objective and a marker of success, today it is the recognition of foreign investors as being an attractive playfield for speculation that is seen as a sign of arrival.
Failure of 1991 reforms

1991 reforms: Weak balance sheet, found wanting on manufacturing and employment

Jayati Ghosh Cover Story
Contrary to popular perception, the economic reforms of 1991 were a dismal failure as they did not address chronic issues in the areas of manufacturing and employment, and the success stories credited to liberalisation were in fact a result of active state policy rather than state withdrawal.
COVER STORY: Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism: An era of growth sans justice

Prabhat Patnaik Cover Story
Neoliberalism, which could garner support for itself by promising a better tomorrow for all in its growth phase, has entered a period of prolonged stagnation leading to mass deprivation and inequality. Neo-fascism is its new political prop.
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘A corporate-communal nexus has emerged’: Sitaram Yechury

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Interview: P. Chidambaram

P. Chidambaram: ‘Now, cronyism is a bitter fact’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with P. Chidambaram, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
COMMUNALISM

‘Love jehad’ law: An Act of bias in Gujarat

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Communalism
While the Gujarat High Court’s stay on crucial provisions of the State’s amended anti-conversion law comes as a relief to interfaith couples, it has provoked the BJP into reviving the bogey of love jehad, with an eye on the Assembly election scheduled to be held next year.
RESERVATION

The case for caste census

Divya Trivedi The Nation
The Constitution 127th amendment restores the rights of States to determine their list of other backward classes, a power that the Supreme Court verdict in May transferred to the Centre, and stirs up the demand for a caste census.
Interview: Akkai Padmashali

Akkai Padmashali: Beyond victimhood, reclaiming dignity

Interview with Akkai Padmashali, transgender activist.
Interview: Shafey Kidwai

Syed Ahmad Khan: The 'shaper of India’s collective consciousness’

Interview with Shafey Kidwai, the author of 'Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Reason, Religion and Nation'.
Controversy

Communalising martyrdom

Rajan Gurukkal The Nation
The deletion of the names of two top leaders of the Malabar Mappila rebellion from the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle invalidates the guiding definition of the dictionary and is a repetition of the colonial strategy of entrenching communal divide for retention of state power.
TRIBUTE

Gail Omvedt: Voice of Dalits

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
Gail Omvedt (1941-2021) was an unabashed individual thinker whose works covered caste, class, gender, economics, tribal issues and socio-agricultural matters.
COMMUNALISM

Politics of renaming: Aligarh or Harigarh?

Historical records show that it was the Marathas who came up with the name of Aligarh for their fort in the town Kol, a name which was then extended to the entire district by the English.
Communalism

Controversy over Siva statue in Begur lake, Bengaluru, communalises an environmental issue

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Communalism
The dispute over the unveiling of a Siva statue in Begur lake in violation of a High Court order takes a communal turn, undermining efforts to preserve Bengaluru’s fragile ecosystem.
Interview: Dr Ashok Dawale

Dr Ashok Dhawale: ‘Crisis has engulfed agrarian society’

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.
COMMUNALISM

‘Love jehad’ law: An Act of bias in Gujarat

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Communalism
While the Gujarat High Court’s stay on crucial provisions of the State’s amended anti-conversion law comes as a relief to interfaith couples, it has provoked the BJP into reviving the bogey of love jehad, with an eye on the Assembly election scheduled to be held next year.
Credit policy and corporate plunder

Creating oligopolies? The pitfalls of neoliberal banking and agri-credit policy

D. Thomas Franco Cover Story
Two successive NDA governments have taken forward the neoliberal agenda set in motion in 1991, with disastrous consequences for banking and agricultural credit that have resulted in greater income inequality and corporate plunder.
Liberalisation of economy

Deregulation: Licence to Loot Raj

V. Sridhar Cover Story
The story of India’s liberalisation drive is the incessant push towards deregulation and privatisation, which has promoted the growth of monopolies, old and new.
RESERVATION

The case for caste census

Divya Trivedi The Nation
The Constitution 127th amendment restores the rights of States to determine their list of other backward classes, a power that the Supreme Court verdict in May transferred to the Centre, and stirs up the demand for a caste census.
Reforms and labour

Labour on hit list for three decades

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
For three decades, successive governments have implemented various measures that undermine workers’ rights in the name of improving ease of doing business. The labour codes of the Modi government are the latest in the series.
Tribute

A bruised politician: Syed Ali Shah Geelani was key to the launch of an armed movement in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989

Iftikhar Gilani Obituary
Syed Ali Geelani’s (1929–2021) stance remained unwavering: the solution for Kashmir lies in the plebiscite, a vote to determine whether Kashmir will go to India or to Pakistan, a promise made by India’s first Prime Minister and by Indian diplomats at the U.N.
Interview: Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Syed Ali Shah Geelani: ‘BJP wanted to have dialogue with me’

Anando Bhakto Politics
Interview with Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmir’s veteran pro-resistance leader.
Jammu and Kashmir

Gupkar alliance demands restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood in strongly worded resolution

Anando Bhakto Politics
The Gupkar alliance’s August 24 resolution demanding restoration of the special status and statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and the sudden assertiveness of its leaders are significant indicators of the politics ahead in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of the Taliban’s ascent in Afghanistan.
Appointment of non-Brahmin archakas

Temple of social justice: Tamil Nadu appoints non-Brahmins as 'archakas' in Vedic temples

Ilangovan Rajasekaran Social Issues
In a historic decision, the Tamil Nadu government appoints several non-Brahmin priests to perform rituals in Vedic temples, but casteist elements try to derail the move by challenging it in court.

Book Review: 'Social Sector Development in North-East India' delves into the ‘social’ in the region

The way the region has been governed since colonial times shapes the narratives of underdevelopment of the social sector in the present time.