Thursday, July 31, 2014

In Solidarity with Gaza

Ranjini Basu

In 1994, Yasser Arafat dedicated his Nobel Peace Prize to the children of Palestine ‘who have been promised freedom, safety and security in a homeland free of the threats of external occupation or internal exploitation’[i]. It was seen as the start of the peace process between Palestine and Israel, amidst all the UN resolutions and international accords. Since then a lot of water has flown down the river Jordan.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Questions on Neoliberalism, Gender and Emancipatory Practice

Chirashree Das Gupta

In India, mobilizations of women by fundamentalist agendas, state-led depoliticized forms of collective action (e.g. microcredit) and subversion of elected women has led to a bounded construct of women’s citizenship under resurgent patriarchy, neoliberalism and fundamentalism. The rising intensity of violent crimes against women and the different responses to it are indicative of larger social processes. The developments of the last four decades have led to social outcomes which are contradictory in its manifestations of gendered patterns.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Budget 2014-15: The Worst Yet to Come?

Surajit Mazumdar

A remarkable feature of the first budget of the Modi government was that the numbers in it (Table 1 for a summary) – of the revenues that are anticipated from different source, the expenditures allocated to different heads and the fiscal deficit which expresses the gap between the aggregates of these - were almost identical to those in the interim budget presented earlier in the year by the UPA government. The one thing about Budget 2014-15 about which there is virtually complete unanimity is that it could very well have been one presented by the former finance minister P. Chidambaram.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Diesel Price Deregulation: A Few Months to Go

Manish Kumar & Surobhi Mukherjee

There is no doubt that the newly elected government will favour deregulating the price of diesel as well as other petroleum products in lieu of subsidies or grants to the oil sector. At least on this issue both governments (NDA as well as UPA) are of the same view, despite the fact that under-recovery on diesel touched record low at Rs 2.80 per litre on 2nd of June ’14 .(