Writers, Literatures, and Lessons from the Margins
Conversations between writers across India reveal similar processes of marginalisation spanning multiple communities. These insights offer ways for mutually empathetic relationships between people of…
Loud Mouths and Invisible Tails: The New Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan Debate
There is growing conviction that the nation, language, and religion are one. Hindi ideologues see only Hindi as authentically Indian and Hindu. The current rhetoric is reminiscent of the 'Hindi-…
Rise of the Regional Blockbuster
Southern blockbusters have a star playing a man of the masses, spectacular action and song and dance sequences, magnificent sets, and computer-generated imagery. Whether or not they make a profit,…
The Smoke and Mirrors of Casteism in the US
Convoluted arguments that equate anti-caste activism in the US with 'Hindu-phobia' seek to reinstate casteist norms that dominant-caste immigrants are accustomed to.
Hindu Spiritualism for a Neoliberal Age
The rise of tele-gurus signals a Hindu spirituality that resonates with the language of global capitalism, political Hindutva, and cultural consumption.
Surya Prakash Upadhyay
Top-down Approaches to Health do not Work
Government programmes for the indigenous that do not listen to and involve the local communities will not succeed in improving wellbeing.
Mathew Sunil George
Meat-Eating in the Time of Hindutva
"Sacred Cows is valuable for enriching the existing ethnographic material about the impact of caste norms and Hindu nationalist politics on meat-eating, with fresh insights on this phenomenon in…
Making the State Accountable
A compelling story about citizen-led movements, government accountability, village politics, and decentralisation in Bihar.
The Shattering of the Muslim Hope in India
A young Muslim reflects on the collapse of constitutional promises and on the everyday fears and dilemmas faced by the minorities.
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 “…