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The End of a Political Model in Uttar Pradesh
The BSP’s strategy of combining a core base with moneyed candidates no longer works in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP has crafted a new winning formula that uses only elements of this old model.
How Income and Caste Can Affect CLAT Performance
The results of India’s tough Common Law Admission Test are unequal in socio-economic terms, highlighting the deleterious effect that a candidate’s low income and a low caste can have on performance.
Making the State Accountable
A compelling story about citizen-led movements, government accountability, village politics, and decentralisation in Bihar.
The ‘Model’ of Social and Economic Change in Tamil Nadu
‘The central idea is that the anti-Brahmin movement — which developed into the Self-Respect Movement — became the site for the construction of an inclusive Dravidian identity that could build a “…
A New Civilisational Discourse for India
A right-wing nationalist agenda would make us believe Dwijas alone were civilisation builders in India. But Indian civilisation began with the Harappan culture, whose inheritors are the present-day…
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
A Suitable Girl?
The age at which Indian women marry has been rising over the decades; making 21 the legal minimum will aim to fix something that is not broken. It will cause harm, pushing many women into zones of…
Mary E John
Raindrop in the Drought
Godavari Dange developed a model of farming that enabled vulnerable women farmers in drought-struck Marathwada to stay food secure. Her life story captures the enormity of the region’s crisis, as…
Reetika Revathy Subramanian
A Nava Karnataka as Part of ‘New India’
Karnataka’s land reforms and creative backward-caste alliances in the 1970s and 1980s broke the dominance of landed castes and spurred innovative development programmes. Today, the state is forsaking…
A R Vasavi
AIIMS and the Failure of Imagining Healthcare
The pursuit of 'excellence' at AIIMS has become a rush towards greater specialisation, foiling the institute's founding mandate to produce doctors to serve India's masses.
The Myth of the Meritorious Doctor
Reservations are — wrongly — blamed for encouraging mediocrity in the medical profession. The historical record shows that the floundering foundations of the profession were laid by doctors who came…