Reading India: Selections from Economic and Political Weekly, Volume III (1991–2017)
Pulapre Balakrishnan, Suhas Palshikar, and Nandini Sundar
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The period 1991–2017 was marked by communal aggression, the official start of economic liberalisation, growing inequality, and state militarisation. All of these have been reflected in the pages of the Economic and Political Weekly, which stood steadfast witness—quietly, reflectively, but also urgently and passionately.

Reading India, Vol. III (1991–2017), the final commemorative volume celebrating 50 years of the EPW, provides a selection of papers published during this period, reflecting on the social, political, and economic changes of the time. The chapters focus on five themes that dominated India’s public sphere: the question of secularism versus communalism; social justice and power-sharing by the backward castes; political configurations in a post-Congress polity; the entrenchment of impunity instead of the rule of law; and the political economy of economic policy.

The contributors to this volume have observed, analysed, and commentated on a range of topics, from the lack of justice for victims of the 2002 Gujarat massacres, farmer suicides, and agrarian distress, to the Indo–China border dispute. Focusing on India’s society, economy, and polity, the volume includes research on the environment, health, education, censorship, and free speech, among other themes which have formed subjects of prescient debates that will help us to make sense of the present times as well.

Pulapre Balakrishnan is Professor at Ashoka University and Senior Fellow, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode.

Suhas Palshikar is former Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, and Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics.

Nandini Sundar is Professor at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

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List of Abbreviations
Note to the Reader
Tumultuous Times (1991–2017): Through the Lens of the EPW Archives 
Pulapre Balakrishnan, Suhas Palshikar, and Nandini Sundar

1. Prehistory of Indian Environmentalism: Intellectual Traditions 
Ramachandra Guha 
2. Language and Schooling of Tribal Children: Issues Related to Medium of Instruction
Geetha B. Nambissan 
3. Birth of a Goddess: “Vande Mataram,” Anandamath, and Hindu Nationhood 
Tanika Sarkar 
4. Films and Free Speech 
A. G. Noorani 
5. Neoliberal Subjectivity, Enterprise Culture, and New Workplaces: Organised Retail and Shopping Malls in India 
Nandini Gooptu 
6. Comparative Contexts of Discrimination: Caste and Untouchability in South Asia 
Surinder S. Johdka and Ghanshyam Shah 
7. Broken Lives and Compromise: Shadow Play in Gujarat 
Harsh Mander 
8. From Parliamentary to Paramilitary Democracy 
Sumanta Banerjee 
9. The Bhopal Disaster and Medical Research 
C. Sathyamala and N. D. Jayaprakash 
10. Masculine Spaces: Rural Male Culture in North India 
Prem Chowdhry 
11. Lives in Debt: Narratives of Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides 
Ajay Dandekar and Sreedeep Bhattacharya 

12. Indian Economy at the Crossroads 
Dilip Mookherjee 
13. Paradox of Competitiveness and Globalisation of Underdevelopment 
Kalyan K. Sanyal 
14. Growth, Poverty, and Reforms 
Jagdish Bhagwati 
15. Terms of Trade, Trade, and Technical Change: Strategies for Agricultural Growth 
Bhupat M. Desai 
16. Impact of Reservation in Panchayati Raj: Evidence from a Nationwide Randomised Experiment 
Raghabendra Chattopadhyay and Esther Duflo 
17. The Three Rs of Reform 
Amartya Sen 
18. Limits of Amartya Sen’s “Three Rs of Reform” 
G. Haragopal 
19. A Model of Growth of the Contemporary Indian Economy 
Prabhat Patnaik 
20. The Case for Direct Cash Transfers to the Poor 
Devesh Kapur, Partha Mukhopadhyay, and Arvind Subramanian 
21. National Manufacturing Policy: Making India a Powerhouse? 
Sunil Mani 
22. Flawed Cartography?: A New Road Map for Monetary Policy 
D. M. Nachane 
23. Dynamics of Income Inequality in India: Insights from the World Top Incomes Database 
Amit Basole 
24. Making Indian Agriculture More Resilient: Some Policy Priorities 
Madhur Gautam 
25. Economic Reforms and Manufacturing Sector Growth: Need for Reconfiguring the Industrialisation Model 
R. Nagaraj 

26. Left Secularists and Communalism 
Dharma Kumar 
27. Electoral Politics in the Time of Change: India’s Third Electoral System, 1989–99 
Yogendra Yadav 
28. Representation for Women: Should Feminists Support Quotas? 
Meena Dhanda 
29. Socio-political Unrest in the Region Called North-east India 
U. A. Shimray 
30. Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute, 1948–60: A Reappraisal 
Srinath Raghavan 
31. Democracy and Economic Transformation in India 
Partha Chatterjee 
32. Caste in Twenty First–century India: Competing Narratives 
Sonalde Desai and Amaresh Dubey 
33. Secularism: Its Content and Context 
Akeel Bilgrami 

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