Milan Vaishnav (Columbia): The Market for Criminality: Money, Muscle and Elections in India. Some relief at last for unwed tribal mothers: Sexual exploitation of tribal women continues to haunt Kerala long after literacy should have ended their misery. Eleven situations when rape is okay: Yamini Deenadayalan on bizarre justifications over the years. Falling Man: Manmohan Singh at the centre of the storm. From Outlook India, Pranay Sharma on our selective archive: Understanding why some events are kept alive in our collective consciousness and others interred; and when amnesia is a handy tool: David Ludden on why specific political projects need specific memories to generate national sentiment. Parul Sehgal reviews The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India by Siddhartha Deb (and more). It’s available, it’s not addictive, it’s dirt cheap — morphine is used globally to treat pain, so why do Indian doctors refuse to prescribe it, even in terminal cases, asks Rohini Mohan. Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography of Mahatma Gandhi caused a storm in India even before it was published there; Thomas Weber looks at the book and its critics. A massive biometric project gives millions of Indians an ID. The typewriter lives on in India: India's typewriter culture survives the age of computers in offices where bureaucracy demands typed forms and in rural areas where many homes don't have electricity. From The Caravan, a journey to unravel the truth of one woman’s courageous crossing reveals a social and family history of indentured labour migration from India to the Caribbean; and the firm that once colonised India is now owned by an Indian businessman — can Sanjiv Mehta turn history on its head—and make a tidy profit in the process?
I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard): Medical Tourism, Access to Health Care, and Global Justice. Avihay Dorfman (Tel Aviv): Reasonable Care: Equality as Objectivity. From The Washington Monthly, Phillip Longman on how the politics of debt have gotten so insane that both parties are on the verge of gutting Medicare — the moment might be right to actually fix it; and scandal in the age of Obama: Jonathan Alter on why Washington feeding frenzies aren't what they used to be. Michael Gazzaniga on neuroscience and justice: In an enlightened world of scientific understandings of first causes, we must ask, are we free, morally responsible agents or are we just along for the ride? Felix Salmon on the unhelpful lionization of small business. David Weigel on how conservative blogs and news sites are going after reporters who seem to be giving aid and comfort to Occupy Wall Street. 5 conspiracy theories: If you judge Occupy Wall Street by the number of far-out conjectures it has spawned, the movement is surely a smashing success. The Neuroses of New York: 75 years ago, Karen Horney (a New Yorker) named 10 forms of nuttiness; time for an update! The last of the nation’s most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War. An interview with Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA. Alms for the rich: How policies meant to promote alternative energies are actually hurting the middle class. Frank Jacobs writes in praise of borders: A new series explores the mysteries that maps and borders can hide — and reveal. The impulse to invest significance in the bodies of the dead has usually been a religious one — yet even my atheist father cared about the treatment of his remains, says Sarah Murray.
From NYRB, a review of Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill (and more) and As Bad as They Say? Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx by Janet Grossbach Mayer. War stories captivate middle school students, but is structuring history around its battles the best way to teach? Test scores and teacher evaluation: How teacher union contradictions led to the NEA’s historic endorsement. From the Claremont Review of Books, Diane Ravitch takes it all back — a review essay. Don’t have sex, you will get pregnant and die: Sexuality education in the United States has evolved to teach everything besides sex itself (and more). Why are Finland's schools successful? The country's achievements in education have other nations doing their homework. The introduction to Uneducated Guesses: Using Evidence to Uncover Misguided Education Policies by Howard Wainer. Saving Catholic education: Over 50 years, the U.S. Catholic school population has dropped by almost two-thirds. Should the school day be longer? There's "Room for Debate". A new study says putting boys and girls in different classrooms reinforces gender stereotypes — without helping anyone learn more. Why have homework? Beneath a pillar of our education system lies a troubling uncertainty. Is home economics class still relevant? Tough New York private schools try to lighten load: Some of New York City’s most competitive high schools, like Dalton, Trinity and Horace Mann, are working to address student stress. A review of The Right To Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools by Stuart Biegel. From Cracked, here are 16 lessons you wish they'd taught in school; and a look at the 6 dumbest things schools are doing in the name of safety.