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How India’s Courts have Helped Escalate Hindutva Claims on Mosques
Rather than dismissing them under the Places of Worship Act, 1991, courts often allow petitions against mosques to fester, thus helping Hindutva politics.
Sri Lankan Peoples' Protests of 2022: The Present from the Past
The protests that have swept Sri Lanka for months, threatening the existing order, did not emerge out of thin air. They may have been sparked by an immediate economic crisis but they are a part of a…
Kashmir: Loss, Memory and a Shared History
‘Is there something in the shared, yet dissimilar, histories of Kashmiris that might yet contain the hope of a more viable future, with all its challenges and difficulties?'
How a Village in Delhi Influenced Public Healthcare in India
The periurban space of Najafgarh has been a site of continuous experimentations in delivering rural primary healthcare since the 1930s. The model of the health visitor developed there has worked its…
The Many Lives of Rani Gaidinliu
The Sangh Parivar's valorisation of Rani Gaidilniu is a rare instance when a tribal leader from the North East is celebrated as a national icon over and above other — often Christian — leaders…
Experiments in Education: The early years of Visva Bharati and Dacca University
In 1921, Bengal witnessed the foundation of two universities: Visva Bharati and Dacca. The early years of the institutions give us a portrait of two unique models of education, learning, and pedagogy.
Kaustubh Mani Sengupta
Reason for Revolution: Looking back at Aijaz Ahmad
A personal remembrance of Aijaz Ahmad, scholar, thinker, Marxist, communist, and one who tried so much to make India his home but was not allowed to.
The Great Trial of 1922
Exactly a 100 years ago, Gandhi was sentenced by a court for ‘sedition’. Its memory makes us revisit the Non-Cooperation Movement, which introduced mass politics into India.
Venu Madhav Govindu
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 “…
The Shaky Future of Citizenship
"In India, a birth-based model of citizenship is being cast off in favour of an ethnic and singular model. The civic all-encompassing idea of the nation and citizenship is giving way to a Hindu…