The idea of NEET being implemented against the wishes of the state in the name of standardising entrance criterion across the country is not just an assault on the rights of the states, but is also bad policy.
A declining fertility rate – and hence a fall in student population – in Tamil Nadu, along with an improvement in youth literacy indicates that the state must focus on quality of education rather than building more schools.
The political vacuum in Tamil Nadu comes at a time when the divergence between the fundamental interests of the state and India are beginning to accelerate owing to demographic trends.
The factors the finance commission takes into account when deciding the state share of central taxes appear to be awfully simplistic, even regressive.
Hugo Gorringe’s extensive fieldwork is the backbone of this well researched book, which is deeply empathetic and yet astutely observed.
The protests at Marina beach over Jallikattu is more of an expression of Tamil solidarity rather than being about any particular grievance.
Prerna Singh’s book, ‘How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India’, establishes a connection between subnationalism and social indices.
Anuk Arudpragasam’s book asks if life is worth the misery of living.
State governments are elected to make difficult moral decisions on how to pay for priorities and transform society – an ability the GST destroys.
Compared to north Indian states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu aren’t growing much faster than others. They are growing just as well as others but with fewer babies.