May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019

Defence

After Balakot: India-Pakistan Relations Heading Nowhere

The ‘all or nothing’ policy that the Narendra Modi government has followed towards Pakistan has failed. Bilateral relations have deteriorated and violence in Kashmir is at a new high. Now all hopes rest on new initiatives after the Lok Sabha polls.

Caste

‘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.

International Affairs

A Decade After the Nuclear Deal

An increase in nuclear power was promised as an outcome of the Indo-US nuclear deal. That promise has not materialised, but citizens have paid a high price not just in economic terms but also through the loss of democratic rights and environmental well-being.

Economy

Make in India: Why didn't the Lion Roar?

“Make in India” has failed to meet its objective of turning industry around. The government has seemed more concerned with improving India’s rank in the spurious Ease of Doing Business Index, which anyway did not result in higher investment.

Education

School Differentiation in India Reinforces Social Inequalities

In promoting schooling that is differentiated by class, caste, region, religion, language and standards, the state is working against the possibility of realising a democratic and equitable society.

History

Understanding the Life and Philosophy of Gandhi

Was Gandhi a Mahatma or a mass leader who was political strategist par excellence? Or is it wrong to even think in terms of such a dichotomy? Reflections on understanding a remarkable personality.

Gender

Sexual Violence 2012-2018 and #MeToo

A Touchstone for the Present
Sexual violence and harassment seem to have secured a central focus for women’s issues. What structural aspects of women’s oppression are obscured by this centrality of violence? What fresh insights does it nevertheless offer?
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