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Modern Asian Studies, Volume 51 Issue 4, July 2017


Cultivating Subjects: Opium and rule in post-colonial Vietnam  by CHRISTIAN C. LENTZ

Beyond the Bazaars: Geographies of the slave trade in Central Asia by JEFF EDEN

Corps diplomatique: The body, British diplomacy, and independent Afghanistan, 1922–47 by MAXIMILIAN DREPHAL

Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Anxieties: Middle-class males in western India and the correspondence in Samaj Swasthya, 1927–53 by SHRIKANT BOTREDOUGLAS E. HAYNES

Not Isolated, Actively Isolationist: Towards a subaltern history of the Nilgiri hills before British imperialism  by GWENDOLYN I. O. KELLY

The Political Economy of Ending Headhunting in Central Borneo: Inter-colonial and Kenyah perspectives on the 1924 Kapit Peacemaking Agreement and its aftermath by DAVE LUMENTA

Uncertain Journeys: Return migration, home, and uncertainty for a displaced Kashmiri community by ANKUR DATTA

Review Article

Goddess in the City: Durga pujas of contemporary Kolkata by MANAS RAY

Naxalbari at its Golden Jubilee: Fifty recent books on the Maoist movement in India by ALPA SHAHDHRUV JAIN

URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/modern-asian-studies/issue/CED482EF43A13B35333088EC41E3D1D2

Courtesy: Cambridge journals


Addressing gender in agricultural research for development in the face of a changing climate: where are we and where should we be going?

Patricia KristjansonElizabeth BryanQuinn BernierJennifer TwymanRuth Meinzen-DickCaitlin KieranClaudia RinglerChristine Jost & Cheryl Doss

International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability , Volume 15, 2017 – Issue 5

Agricultural development efforts that do not address persistent gender gaps miss opportunities for greater impact. This synthesis reflects on key findings from integrated quantitative and qualitative analyses at the nexus of gender, agricultural development, and climate change. Linked farm household-, intrahousehold-, community-, and institutional-level data highlight significant and nuanced gender differences in adaptive capacity of individuals and communities to respond to climate change. The gender gap is also substantial in exposure to climate change and its impacts, and uptake of new practices that lower vulnerability. Women in agriculture will remain largely neglected by information and service providers unless their differing needs, access to, and control over resources are considered at policy and project design stage. Yet clear guidelines for addressing the needs of both men and women in different environments and agricultural systems are still lacking. Participatory ‘action research’ approaches with a focus on co-learning, and using innovative cell phone or social media-based approaches offer exciting new opportunities. Agricultural development decision-makers and project designers need to ‘design with gender in mind’. Equipping them with tools and knowledge of innovative gender-transformative practices and intervention options and creating accountability for serving women and men will be key.

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14735903.2017.1336411

Courtesy: T&F

Farm income and production impacts of using GM crop technology 1996–2015

Graham Brookes & Peter Barfoot

GM Crops & Food Biotechnology in Agriculture and the Food Chain Volume 8, 2017 – Issue 3

This paper provides an assessment of the value of using genetically modified (GM) crop technology in agriculture at the farm level. It follows and updates earlier annual studies which examined impacts on yields, key variable costs of production, direct farm (gross) income and impacts on the production base of the 4 main crops of soybeans, corn, cotton and canola. The commercialisation of GM crops has occurred at a rapid rate since the mid 1990s, with important changes in both the overall level of adoption and impact occurring in 2015. This annual updated analysis shows that there continues to be very significant net economic benefits at the farm level amounting to $15.4 billion in 2015 and $167.8 billion for the 20 year period 1996–2015 (in nominal terms). These gains have been divided 49% to farmers in developed countries and 51% to farmers in developing countries. About 72% of the gains have derived from yield and production gains with the remaining 28% coming from cost savings. The technology has also made important contributions to increasing global production levels of the 4 main crops, having, for example, added 180 million tonnes and 358 million tonnes respectively, to the global production of soybeans and maize since the introduction of the technology in the mid 1990s.

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21645698.2017.1317919

Courtesy: T&F

Economic and Political Weekly ,Vol. 52, Issue No. 45, 11 Nov, 2017


‘DeMon,’ Nationalism, and Democracy

When Workers Die


Can Humour and Anger Coexist?

From 50 Years Ago

From 50 Years Ago: Mutual Reassurance in Moscow

H T Parekh Finance Column

Future of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union by Avinash Persaud

Of Power and Politics

Discontent and Disconnect – Wages of Dominance? by Suhas Palshikar


Promoting Solar Power as a Remunerative Crop by Tushaar ShahNeha DurgaGyan Prakash RaiShilp VermaRahul Rathod

North Korea and the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation by Vinay Lal

Human–Wildlife Conflict in India – Addressing the Source by  Jennie MillerJohn D C LinnelLVidya AthreyaSubharanjan Sen

A Cat’s and Rat’s View of History by Arun Khopkar

How Much Energy Do We Need? – Towards an End-use Based Estimation for Decent Living by Shripad DharmadhikaryRutuja Bhalerao

Book Reviews

Underconsumption as an Economic Fault by Thomas Timberg

Theorising Tuberculosis in India by Aparna Nair


‘Equality as Tradition’ and Women’s Reservation in Nagaland by Kham Khan Suan Hausing

Business Anthropology – New Area of Research in Indian Anthropology by M Romesh Singh

Special Articles

Investing in Health – Healthcare Industry in India by Indira ChakravarthiBijoya RoyIndranil MukhopadhyaySusana Barria

India and the Proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations by Seemantani Sharma

Taming the Fishing Blues – Reforming the Marine Fishery Regulatory Regime in India by Shinoj ParappurathuC Ramachandran

Mediating Matrimonial Disputes in India – Trends from the Bangalore Mediation Centre by Kritika Vohra


Low Levels of Electoral Participation in Metropolitan Cities by Sanjay KumarSouradeep Banerjee

Current Statistics


All for Rational Voices by Swapnil Dhanraj

On October Revolution by Preethy Sekhar

Punjab’s Revolutionary Poet by Yogesh Kumar

URL: http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/52

Courtesy: EPW

Learning in India’s primary schools: How do disparities widen across the grades?

Benjamin AlcottPauline Rose

International Journal of Educational DevelopmentVolume 56September 2017

Using a large-scale household survey, we investigate how disparities in learning change over the primary school cycle. Even controlling for other factors, household wealth and parental schooling drive sizeable gaps in learning, increasing in magnitude over the school grades. Gender gaps also widen, although only among the poorest. In contrast to other countries, overage status is positively associated with learning early on, but its importance dissipates by later grades. While the importance of factors varies across states, household wealth predominates. The analysis highlights the importance of tackling disadvantage associated with poverty early, to avoid its effects on learning becoming entrenched.

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/search?qs=inclusive%20growth%20and%20india&show=100&sortBy=relevance

Courtesy: Sciencedirect

Should We Reject the Natural Rate Hypothesis?

Olivier Blanchard

Working Paper, 17-14

Fifty years ago, Milton Friedman articulated the natural rate hypothesis. It was composed of two sub-hypotheses: First, the natural rate of unemployment is independent of monetary policy. Second, there is no long-run tradeoff between the deviation of unemployment from the natural rate and inflation. Both propositions have been challenged. This paper reviews the arguments and the macro and micro evidence against each. It concludes that, in each case, the evidence is suggestive but not conclusive. Policymakers should keep the natural rate hypothesis as their null hypothesis but keep an open mind and put some weight on the alternatives.

URL: https://piie.com/system/files/documents/wp17-14.pdf

Courtesy: PIIE

Multinational firms and the extractive sectors in the 21st century: Can they drive development?

Rajneesh Narula

UNU-MERIT Working Paper, #2017-041

Historically, extractive sector MNEs have been seen as an obstacle to sustainable development, because they operated in enclaves with limited local engagement. Import-substitution policies aimed to increase the local benefits of these resources, restricting FDI. Since liberalisation, extractive MNEs have re-engaged with developing countries through looser governance structures with greater potential for linkages. Despite the potential, few host countries have seen meaningful MNE-led development because of weak domestic firms and poor location advantages. New MNEs from emerging economies have not shown a greater propensity to local linkages. Only countries that have continued to invest in location advantages have seen substantial benefits.

URL: https://www.merit.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/abstract/?id=7348

courtesy: UNU-MERIT