The second of a two-part article, this piece explores how food based caste-discrimination manifests itself within the structure of official State food security policies.
Caste based discrimination assumes varying forms and shapes, with discrimination embedded into food and food habits being particularly worrisome. This article explores the historical and cultural context from which this issue arises.
Tamil Nadu was first witness to land reforms in favour of dalits towards the end of 19th century when the British government came out with orders for Panchami Land. Thereafter, land reforms have been carried out in favour of Dalits in independent India as well. Despite these measures, why has this marginalised community continued to remain overwhelmingly landless? A product of over a month spent on field in Tamil Nadu, this piece by Mathur systematically untangles the foregoing question by comprehensively problemitising the situation of Panchami land.
The Indian fiscal finance landscape has become more unitary than it did before, with the revenue dependency of states on the Centre now increasing. In this authoritative piece Rajat analyses how India’s political leadership manages the changing realities of fiscal federalism while fulfilling the aspirational demands of the electorate.
In this article Abishek looks at the lackadaisical manner in which the State handles personal data. Considering the nature of personal data that is held with the State, breach of such data gives rise to immense scope for fraud. However, the onus to rectify such incidents is almost always shifted onto the individual – whether it’s something relatively easy such as changing passwords, to crippling burdens such as changing bank accounts.