Cleansing the Past, Creating the Future? Do (History) Books Matter?
Deletions in the NCERT introductory textbook for history indicate that the slightest allusion to respect for social and cultural differences as an ideal is considered irrelevant.
Making the Bihar Caste Census Better
Bihar's caste census can offer new insights into the endurance of caste's links with occupation and economic status. Conducted properly, it has the potential to empower residents and deepen…
The Reincarnation of Millets: From Derided to Divine
The millets revival in India caters to the biases of urban and well-off consumers. The promised benefits to marginalised communities have been unrealised.
Different Dimensions of a Nation
The idea of a nation state based on ethnicity could easily change into a predatory state that flourishes by calling for the extinction of the ‘other’. Such an exclusivist state could turn upon itself…
‘Basic Structure’: Defence against Parliamentary Hegemony
The 'basic structure' ensures that some constitutional features remain unamendable by Parliament, a defence against parliamentary hegemony and Constitution rewriting.
Looking Back at G20 after 25 Years
The G20 has remained a handmaiden of the Group of Seven (G7). Hence, even at the G20 the concerns of developing countries have been secondary to the interests of the major economies. Will the Indian…
Rajasthan’s Right to Health Law Advances Socialised Medicine
Rajasthan’s Right to Health Act shows transformative potential by guaranteeing access to health for all. Despite protests by some doctors, implementation of a rights-based framework would lead to…
Reconciling Economic Planning with Democracy
“How did India reconcile the tensions between economic planning and liberal democracy? And how did this attempt shape the Indian republic’s formative years?”
Gaurav C. Garg
Jammu and Kashmir: From Political to Economic Dispossession
Economic dispossession has come on top of the political dispossession of the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The Modi government has found many pretexts to put off elections to the assembly while its…
A Sensitive Portrayal of Kashmir after '5 August'
An intense narrative of recent transformations in Jammu and Kashmir’s socio-political and economic landscape keeps the focus on the region’s hapless people.
A Flawed Biography of Vivekananda
It is a poor account of Vivekananda's life that is written without studying the Bengali writings on him, that downplays the Ramakrishna-Narendranath relationship and that pays only little…
India’s Geo-Economic Foreign Policy
Economic considerations are now driving India’s seemingly adroit steps in the foreign policy arena. Foreign policy has become a tool through which India is absorbing critical economic pressures, and…