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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 “…
In Good Conscience
Instead of seeing the different worlds in India as invaluable resources from which we can learn and which we can draw on to build a better nation, our state sows suspicion among us about each other.
Peter Ronald deSouza
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
India’s Anti-Conversion Laws: The Death of Secularism
The Karnataka bill on conversions goes much further than the laws enacted in other states in its infraction of liberty and it contains a raft of illegitimate provisions. Its intentions have been laid…
An Indian Liberal in the Empire
A biography of Srinivasa Sastri, long considered an irrelevant figure in colonial India, highlights his contribution to the making of the modern liberal international order and to putting Indian…