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What's the sense of it?
The central argument in favour of caste enumeration has a plausible ring to it. Given the strong, if complex, correlation between caste and socio-economic status, the exercise seems to offer the promise of yielding relevant data so that social ...

Testing time for Sarkozy
President Sarkozy faces widespread opposition to his recent proposals to reform the French pension system. The controversies are centred on the idea of raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018, and the age of full pension entitlement ...

Leader Page Articles
The Early Kalidasa Syndrome
By Utsa Patnaik

Our policymakers would rather let food grains rot than feed the poor. What explains the near-comatose lack of response to a long-brewing crisis of increasing hunger?

Op-Ed
Caste census: senseless separation
Repeating a gigantic exercise does not make administrative, financial or practical sense.

Afghanistan: ‘The state of women's rights is still a concern'
Interview with Dr. Massouda Jalal, former Afghan Minister for Women's Affairs.

U.K. govt culls health experts
More than 100 staff sacked to cut costs, casting doubt on an improvement agenda.

Thousands of Japanese centenarians may be dead
More than 230,000 Japanese people listed as 100 years old cannot be located and many may have died decades ago, according to a government survey released on September 10. The justice ministry said the survey found that more than 77,000 people ...

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Rural employment guarantee scheme: gaps in media coverage
“This Employment Guarantee Act is the most significant legislation of our times in many ways. For the first time, rural communities have been given not just a development programme but a regime of rights…The NREGA gives employment, ...




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