India's general election has produced a decisive verdict which sets a new political trend after 20 years. The people have sent the Bharatiya Janata Party [Images] packing and emphatically rejected its politics of exclusion, communal divisiveness and ethnic hatred. The results shatter the BJP's claim to be a 'natural' party of governance on a par with the Congress and the national alternative to it. The difference in the two parties's vote-shares has widened from 4 percentage points to nearly 10 percentage points, putting the Congress in a different league.
The recent convergence of various crises – financial, food, energy and environmental – has put the nexus between 'rural development' and 'development in general' back onto the center stage of theoretical, policy and political agendas in the world today.
This special issue of Journal of Peasant Studies, edited by Jun Borras, is a collection of articles in “state of the art” format on key perspectives, frameworks and methodologies in agrarian change and peasant studies.
The current anger in Britain over MPs' misuse of public money is more than outrage at the pathetic greed of public representatives. It is a fury over a deep-seated failure of public control of public money, that should now be the basis of a movement to complete the unfinished struggle for popular sovereignty
The oil, gas and coal industry lobbyists who have spent almost $45 million on President Obama´s clean energy plan in recent months need not worry: it is so full of holes that US industry could avoid making any reductions at home until at least 2026, rendering talk of a 17 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 largely meaningless.