Symbols of the State
After usurping prominent symbols of the Hindu religion, the Sangh is now targeting salient elements of India’s civic religion, and moving more centripetally to the Sarnath lions and the 'dhamma…
The Silence and Symbolism of Hate
Hate crime laws can be effective only if the legal system engages with how strategic silences and symbolic language often render hate speech elusive, slippery, and impenetrable to legal consequences.
Supreme Court Endorses Enhanced Powers of Enforcement Directorate
The court accepted the government’s contention that the ED's powers did not need further checks to place it at par with the standards of justice applied in other criminal trials.
The Narmada Andolan in the Words of Adivasi Leaders
An account of the Narmada Bachao Andolan’s activities woven from the memories of two Adivasi activists, who were in the midst of it all, provides rich insights into the movement and gives voice to…
The Message from Agnipath: India Can’t Afford the Military it Needs
The signals that the Agnipath scheme sends to India’s adversaries is that under the current dispensation India is unable to provide for the armed forces what the country needs to meet its strategic…
The Right Lessons to Draw as India Overtakes China's Population
India will become the world’s most populous country earlier than anticipated. It would however be counterproductive to take coercive steps towards population control.
Christophe Z. Guilmoto
A Fresh Spike in Farmer Suicides in Punjab
Since 2015, there has been a sharp rise in farmer suicides in Punjab. Farmers in the state borrow large loans at high interest rates; some of which is used for consumption. According to official data…
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-…
Higher Judiciary Needs to Take More Suo Motu Action
The higher judiciary must proactively exercise its powers to intervene suo motu to deal with a spate of incidents that rip the country's social and communal fabric.
M. A. Kalam
Bulldozing Indian Democracy, Israeli-Style
India’s punitive demolitions bear striking resemblance to Israel’s tactics against Palestinians. The tragedy is that a significant chunk of the majority in India is delighted.