Joshimath: An Avoidable Disaster
Joshimath has been sinking slowly for years due to various reasons, but the recent accelerated sinking may be due to the execution of major projects. Little has ever been done to mitigate the causes…
Tiger-Charmers of the Sundarbans
The tiger-charmers of the Sundarbans have been seen by forest guards and scientists as unscrupulous. But the islanders argue that tiger-charmers are able to better communicate between human and…
India’s Growth Trajectory: Insiders and Outsiders
‘India is Broken’ indicts all but a few from the political leadership for India’s economic failures. Does it fail to account for the challenges of building unity in a segmented society? Does it under…
India Derailed: A Falling Investment Rate and Deindustrialisation
Falling investment rates and declining manufacturing growth rates have marked the Indian GDP growth reversal since the mid-2010s. These structural defects have not yet been addressed. The current…
History in the Service of Hindutva
For Savarkar, history was a critical tool in a war to protect the Hindu nation. A new book examines the relationship between history and politics in Savarkar's thought and braids together the…
A New Dawn? Can India Reverse Its Staggering Inequality?
How long will India’s working people live with a policy regime that concentrates unimaginable levels of wealth in a few hands and leaves millions of people struggling for food, healthcare, decent…
The Curious Case of ‘Due Process’ in the Indian Constitution
The Constituent Assembly considered an American-style 'due process' clause for the Constitution but adopted a formula to limit judicial review. Unwilling to heed that limitation, judges…
An Elegy for Gandhi’s Un-Gandhian India
When you retrace Gandhi’s steps to Dandi you get to understand what ‘vikas’ means and what it does not mean for Gujarat and for all of India today. A most unusual book about a most unusual journey.
ChatGPT Interviewed: 'My Strengths and My Limits'
ChatGPT tells us in its own words of how it does what it does, its strengths, and also its inability to carry out deductive reasoning and make hypotheses. It says it can be an excellent supplement…
How to Trap a Cheetah (And Why You Shouldn’t Have)
Cheetahs were highly prized in medieval and colonial India. They were trapped to meet the demand from royalty, a practice that continued well into the 19th century, leading to their ultimate…
Who is Indigenous in Assam? Politics in the Vernacular
Claims to Indigenity in Assam are usually treated with sympathy. The exceptions, though, tell their own story.
Was India the Mother of Democracy?
There are claims that the roots of democratic institutions can be found in ancient India. Studies have shown that such institutions have existed not only in India but also in other parts of the world…