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The love for sons and appropriate attire

Megan N. Reed and Devesh Kapur

Although urban Indians are slowly showing more openness in their attitudes towards women’s attire, this is not the case when it comes to the issue of son preference. Reed and Kapur's study finds that income and educational levels and rural/urban divides do not tend to undercut widespread son preference in India.

Romila Thapar, Professor Emeritus in Ancient History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, delivering the Second Rukmini Devi Memorial Lecture, organised by Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, on Dec. 20, 2014. Photo: M. Karunakarann

The Second Rukmini Devi Memorial Lecture

Constructing Heritage

Romila Thapar

The Second Rukmini Devi Memorial Lecture delivered by Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor in Ancient History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on Dec. 20, 2014, at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai.
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The Arena

A polling official (right) marks the finger of a voter in Chrar-i-Sharief on Dec 9, 2014, during the third phase of polling for the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly election. Photo : AP

Jammu & Kashmir

An Election of Competing Nationalisms

Kaustav Chakrabarti

The ongoing Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir is marked by a decline in the fortunes of the Indian National Congress. Kaustav Chakrabarti, says that though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could gain in Jammu, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is likely to emerge victorious in Kashmir.

Resources

Rights in Review - The Supreme Court in 2014

The Supreme Court of India is the foremost guardian of fundamental rights and the spirit of the Constitution. While a lot of attention is paid to the pendency of cases and media coverage of high-profile litigation, less attention has been paid to the Supreme Court’s protection of fundamental rights. This Rights Review aims to do this with a careful analysis of key Supreme Court cases on fundamental rights. This Review is the first of an annual series to be released each December.

Events

Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh adressing the public lecture on Climate Change and India's Energy Policy in Bengaluru on Monday. Photos: The Hindu : Sampath Kumar G P

Individuals can reduce India’s carbon footprint: Jairam Ramesh

In a public lecture on climate change, Jairam Ramesh explores the various energy alternatives that the country has in reducing its carbon footprint and says that India has a pivotal role in global climate change negotiations. The lecture was organised by The Hindu Centre and the National Institute for Advanced Studies on November 10, 2014, in Bengaluru.

Individuals can reduce India’s carbon footprint: Jairam Ramesh

Individuals can help in lowering India’s carbon footprint through lifestyle choices and contribute significantly to the country’s response to the climate change challenge, said Jairam Ramesh, MP, Rajya Sabha, and Senior Visiting Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, at a public lecture on "Climate Change and India’s Energy Policy" in Bengaluru on November 10, 2014. The event was organised jointly by The Hindu Centre and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) on November 10, 2014, and focused on the policy options before India both domestically and internationally.

"Individual choices in cooking, in lighting and in transportation [are] very, very important", Mr. Ramesh said, when asked by a participant as to "what a common citizen can do to help the government".

In a detailed reply, the former Union Minister said: "The first thing is don’t eat beef. The biggest contributor to global warming is methane, and methane comes from large areas devoted to managing cattle. I have often said this to my western friends [who] are not very happy. If you stop eating beef you reduce your carbon footprint."


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    R. VIJAYA SANKAR

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    Gita, Gandhi and Godse
    VARGHESE K. GEORGE

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