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The Enduring Constitution

Two recent books that talk about India’s Constitution as a people’s charter and its transformative character remind us why it remains an enduring document.

The New Modi Wave as Seen from Eastern UP

Ahead of the May elections, observers in Gorakhpur in eastern UP could sense a groundswell of support for the BJP. The old caste dynamics had broken down and the efficient delivery of welfare services had built voter support. The two ensured a BJP victory.

How India's Media Landscape Changed Over Five Years

Mainstream media was delegitimised over the past five years by the BJP government. Co-option and self-censorship by this media have followed. Alongside, the use of social media has grown hugely, making the likes of Whatsapp powerful weapons in elections.

‘Transgression’: Explaining contemporary India

Complex societal transformations can be assessed through their changing normative structures. One can analyse the different social domains in India by focussing on the key concept of ‘transgression’ through an innovative analytical framework for India.

Political Radicalism of Ambedkar's Spirituality

Relevance and Resonance in the 21st Century
We need to pay close attention to B R Ambedkar’s relentless life-long search for a spiritual path and a spiritual homeground for society, which went way beyond his efforts at transforming India.

Electoral Choices of Govindan the Carpenter

If you belonged neither to the rich nor poor nor the middle class, but to the aspiring artisanal entrepreneur strata, what factors would have influenced your voting decision? Speculations on Govindan the carpenter in Chennai.

Election Campaigning in a Transformed India

The Lok Sabha elections of 2019 are being held in a country that is very different from what it was in 2009 and 2014. What are political parties offering the new electorate? What will the outcome reveal of the transformation that has taken place?
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