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July 1, 2022
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…
Talking Elephants into Slavery
The vocabularies used to describe temple elephants in Kerala as majestic and sacred animals erase their natural histories and the brutality of their enslavement.
Shrayana Bhattacharya discusses film icons, fandoms and intimacy
We speak with Shrayana Bhattacharya about what film icons and fandoms can tell us about intimacy and women's independence.
Central Bank Digital Currency
A central bank digital currency is a new form of money unlike any of its previous manifestations. The ability of individuals and businesses to hold and make electronic payments using a CBDC will have…
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
Colonial Roots of the Climate Crisis
The climate crisis can only be understood by centring the role colonialism played in naturalising a violent ideology of modernity and progress.
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.
Do We Know What has Happened to Poverty since 2011-12?
The government's lack of respect for national surveys on consumption has meant that the door has been opened to preparation of unofficial estimates on poverty made on questionable assumptions.…
Rise of the Regional Blockbuster
Southern blockbusters have a star playing a man of the masses, spectacular action and song and dance sequences, magnificent sets, and computer-generated imagery. Whether or not they make a profit,…