Category Archives: Policies

Andre Beteille: A Right for Every Season

Fifty year after Independence, India’s record as shown by some of  basic social indicators of development is dismally poor. The spotlight is now on failures on the front for elementary education, and there has been much public recrimination. Educationists have … Continue reading

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Andre Beteille: Indian Society Today (1988)

Many years ago Jawaharlal Nehru wrote about Indian society that the group was of paramount importance whereas the individual had only a secondary place in it. He had in mind the three basic institutions of traditional Indian society, the village … Continue reading

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Promise of equality : Andre Beteille

By Andre Beteille IN THE past, Indian society was unique in the extremes to which it carried the principle and practice of inequality; today Indian intellectuals appear unique in their zeal for promoting the adoption of equality in every sphere … Continue reading

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K. N. Raj : Democracy and development

IN April 1950, a young economist was sent to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to explain why he had proposed a slow growth rate for the country’s economy in the draft of the First Five Year Plan. At 26, K.N. Raj … Continue reading

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Untold story (The Cuban missile crisis) by John Cherian

Full article on : Frontline magazine. Most historians and commentators bought the version put out by the Americans that it was the Soviet side that “blinked” first and thus brought the crisis to an end. American documents that have been … Continue reading

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Loury’s conclcusion on affirmative action

Specifically, minorities may under-invest in the skills needed to perform adequately in such positions, relative to the investment rate of majority workers. That is, policies intended to assure equality of achievement may end up producing inequality of skills.

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