February 3, 2023
India's Urdu press; India’s growth story; The rise of fascism; Shaheen Bagh; & more
Shaheen Bagh: A Vision of the Republic
The ‘Shaheen Bagh’ activism of women draws upon Ambedkar’s legacy to make connections between the attack on the citizenship of Muslims and the slide back in constitutional values.
India’s Urdu Press: A Bitter-Sweet Bicentenary
In the past 75 years a community of Urdu magazines that used to be read by the entire family has disappeared unmourned, so too their journalists and readers. There is also now no major Urdu newspaper…
Why Fascism is on the Rise the World Over
Fascist parties have gained support the world over, even in European nations where they were once disavowed. A 'New Despotism' has emerged, which uses the trappings of democracy to…
Neoliberalism’s New Poster Child: Revisiting India’s “Growth Story”
Global investors and institutions have been hyping up the prospects for Indian economic growth in the medium term, but there is no evidence within India that the service sector and certainly not the…
Muslim Women Counterpublics: Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will
Muslim women respond to political trauma by exercising their citizenship and care work beyond the family. Their activism is not driven by patriarchal indoctrination, but by a belief that one cannot…
Hockey World Cup 2023: An Enthusiastic Novice at Bhubaneshwar
If you know little of hockey and you watch an international game with a group of spectators who know just as little, it is a special experience especially when you are rooting for an Indian…
The Case for Legalising LGBTQ+ Marriages
Legal recognition for marriage equality could strike at gender-unequal assumptions in family law and open possibilities for progressive reforms.
Journey of a Friendship between two Film Directors: Kundan Shah and Saeed Mirza
It was the maelstrom among the 1970s generation of students at the Film and Television Institute of India that could yield an epic like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’.
Executive’s Attempt to Discredit and Undermine Independence of the Judiciary
"'We the People' need to stand up to collectively raise their voices and demand that the central government and its functionaries stop the public attacks on the collegium and the…
People's Union for Civil Liberties
Don't Judge the Past through the Eyes of the Present
It would be wrong to use present-day norms to label certain historical events as crimes. If we must judge the past, it should be in relation to its time, rather than our present.