Monday, August 22, 2016

Understanding the Global Terror Network

Bappa Sinha


Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” - Albert Einstein

A spate of attacks by Islamic fundamentalist groups in recent days have shocked us. These attacks shock us and cause immense sadness. How can anyone not sympathize with the innocent victims and their families? They also fill us with rage. How could such dastardly acts be committed, by whom and most importantly how can such acts be stopped in future? However, it is important to resist the urge to latch on to simplistic answers which a highly successful propaganda machinery and ample bigotry which surrounds us, throw at us. Such answers play into the hands of those who are actually responsible for such a state of affairs.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Employment Scenario in Delhi: A Note

Surajit Das

According to the Census 2011, Delhi’s population was around 1 crore 68 lakhs. According to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), the estimated population of Delhi was around 1 crore 71 lakhs in 2011-12. The growth of population during 2001 to 2011 period has been 21% in Delhi. If the same growth continues, the estimated population of Delhi would be roughly around 1 crore 90 lakhs today. During 1981 to 2001 period, the population of Delhi grew at an average rate of more than 6% per annum mainly because of huge influx of people from outside Delhi. During 2001 to 2011 period, the annual population growth rate of Delhi has come down to little above 2%.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Keeping Kashmir on the Boil

Ibrahim Wani

During the Kashmir protests in 2010, more than a 100 civilians died as a result of police action. When the protests started subsiding, a group of interlocutors was appointed by the central government, and they held formal and informal discussions across a wide range of opinion in Kashmir. The interlocutors’ report was submitted in 2012, and as has been the case in the past, was summarily forgotten. As the protests of July 2016 displace the protests of 2010, 2009, 2008, and perhaps of the last three decades in intensity and scale – the toll for a three week period has already crossed 50 and many thousands are admitted to various hospitals – some cursory talk of this report has re-surfaced. Even in this hour of crisis, there is little hope that any of the suggestions of the report will be revisited or put into effect.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

National Policy on Education 2016: A critical note

Saqib Khan


Introduction

The National Policy on Education (NPE), first initiated in 1968, remains a key action-plan for education in India and each NPE has provided a framework for the development of education over the next few years in the country.[1] The NPE 2016 [Draft][2] seeks to address both the unfinished agenda and targets of the earlier NPEs and the contemporary educational challenges. Though some provisions of the NPE 2016 have been discussed, few have taken a closer look at its points and recommendations relating to education in general as well as school and higher education. Taking up some of the important among these, this article argues that there seems to be an element of continuity as well as change in the NPE 2016. While the continuity can be seen with regard to the commitment (in terms of policy) to public expenditure on education, the Policy’s ideological moorings as well as the focus of education in general see an important shift. The Policy leaves many unanswered questions with regard to school education, while focusing on quality, a gradual reduction of the role of government and curbing student politics in higher education.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Can the Subaltern Plan?: Planning from Below: an Elusive Goal in India

Debraj Bhattacharya

Planning from below (PFB) in India has a long history going back to experiments by Ajit Narayan Bose in Medinipur district of West Bengal in the eighties (Bose 2000). However except for Kerala to some extent, planning from below has remained an elusive goal for most parts of India. We are yet to achieve a method that is simple enough for poor, semi-educated villagers to work with. The villagers can of course plan; they are constantly planning for their households and also for community festivals but the paper work of the official planning experiments often prove to be beyond their capacity. We are yet to arrive at the golden mean between the informal thought processes of the subaltern and the elite expert planners’ love for data and exhaustive formats.