Labour law reforms

The curse of cheap labour

Activists of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions burning an effigy representing the Maruti management at a protest in New Delhi against the sacking of 500 employees of the company's plant at Manesar in Gurgaon, Haryana, in 2012.

Contract labour

In the name of contract

Delhi Transport Corporation drivers and conductors, working on contract, during a protest outside the Millennium Bus Depot in New Delhi. A file photograph.

Political Corruption

Qualified respite

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa arriving at her residence in Chennai from Bangalore after getting bail from the Supreme Court on October 18.


Surveyor or statesman?

A convoy organised by the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, then in the opposition, heads towards the border with China in Bumla, Arunachal Pradesh, in October 21. The rally paid homage to the martyrs of the 1962 war.

Nobel Prize/Medicine

Inner GPS

John O'Keefe in his laboratory in London.


No smooth sailing

Devendra Fadnavis celebrates with supporters after the results were announced in the Maharashtra Assembly elections in Mumbai on October 20.


Significant win

Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister-elect of Haryana, during a victory procession along with his supporters in Karnal on October 19.


Kingmakers’ march

Houthi rebels chant slogans after taking over the army's First Armoured Division, in Sana'a on September 22.

West Asia

Syria’s ruin

Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting in the Lebanese town of Arsal wait with their belongings in Majdel Anjar in the Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria, on August 8. They were attempting to head back to Syria, but the Syrian authorities at the border rejected them until further investigation to verify their identities and statuses.

United Kingdom

The last hurrah?

A frame from a video released on October 3 by the Islamic State that purports to show the British aid worker Alan Henning before he was killed by the militant group.

Data Card

India and space

A mock-up of the GSLV-MkIII on the second launch pad.

Case studies

Hapless victims

Inside the Nokia factory at Sriperumbudur. It is scheduled to close on November 1.

Labour statistics

Statistical half-truths

Workers at a Metro Rail station that is being built in Chennai. In the case of industrial disputes, the poor coverage of the services sector or the construction sector and the rich coverage of the plantations and manufacturing sectors could and do affect their dispute proneness.


Centralising politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah at the party headquarters in New Delhi to attend the Parliamentary Board meeting on October 19.

Nobel Prize

For globalisation of compassion

Kailash Satyarthi: “Our perspective has become so narrow that we care about our biological children but don’t care about our neighbour’s or the country’s children.”

Nobel Prize/Physics

Light revolution

Shuji Nakamura demonstrating a blue LED light in California on October 7, the day the Prize was announced.

Drug pricing

Bitter medicine

The Indian Pharmaceuticals Alliance and the Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India have challenged the NPPA order in the courts. Here, the packaging unit at the Lupin Ltd pharmaceutical plant in Salcette, Goa.


No flight of fancy

Nirbhay, with its wings deployed, a few days before its launch in March 2013.

India & Pakistan

Border flare-up

An injured youth being being brought ot a medical facility in Jammu on October 8. The border skirmishes have cost 30 civilians their lives, and 30,000 people on both sides have been forced to leave their homes.


Morales’ hat-trick

Evo Morales at a campaign rally in El Alto, Bolivia, on October 8.

Sri Lanka

Victory of sorts

LTTE supporters protest in London against Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Sri Lanka in November 2013.


Identity narratives

Higginbotham & Co., Madras and Bangalore,
Volume: 31
Issue: 22
Issue Date: 14-11-2014



C.P. Chandrasekhar

Trapped in a recession

The threat of another downturn strengthens the argument for fiscal policy initiatives as a driver of»


Jayati Ghosh

One more burden

Linking the price of an essential intermediate like diesel to global oil prices is another way of pu»



Critiquing nationalism

Rabindranath Tagore’s concepts can form the basis of a critique of the idea of an over-centralised n»


No flight of fancy
 Nice write up by T.S. SUBRAMANIAN always loved his articles which he publishes with after proper research on subject. The Author did not men...»
posted by vishnu.vyasan   on Oct 29, 2014 at 16:35 IST

Short-lived storm
 Disappointing coverage of a rightful protest against the atrocious tactics of Chinese Government. The article looked like a Chinese Governme...»
posted by M K Shalipat   on Oct 30, 2014 at 11:57 IST

One more burden
 Nice article... Got to know many eye-opening facts... In my view, the prices of diesel should be deregulated. For the long term, attempts sh...»
posted by Itee   on Oct 30, 2014 at 20:58 IST


Please remember to logout of facebook after you complete this session.