What the Bangalore Floods tell us about our Democracy
Urban floods as in Bangalore are not just a result of failed governance. They also reflect a failure of our democracy, where the citizen does not participate in decision-making and later sees…
Sangh's Nation-Building Project in the North East
As the northeast of India grapples with the spread of right-wing propaganda and the politics of Hindutva, 'The Greater India Experiment' offers a rich ethnographic account of the twists and…
Nitish Kumar's New Innings: What's in it for Bihar?
Nitish Kumar has had no inhibitions in swapping allies in order to remain atop Bihar as 'Mr Good Governance'. But can he reverse the rot in the state?
Symbols of the State
After usurping prominent symbols of the Hindu religion, the Sangh is now targeting salient elements of India’s civic religion, and moving more centripetally to the Sarnath lions and the 'dhamma…
The Silence and Symbolism of Hate
Hate crime laws can be effective only if the legal system engages with how strategic silences and symbolic language often render hate speech elusive, slippery, and impenetrable to legal consequences.
Supreme Court Endorses Enhanced Powers of Enforcement Directorate
The court accepted the government’s contention that the ED's powers did not need further checks to place it at par with the standards of justice applied in other criminal trials.
The Narmada Andolan in the Words of Adivasi Leaders
An account of the Narmada Bachao Andolan’s activities woven from the memories of two Adivasi activists, who were in the midst of it all, provides rich insights into the movement and gives voice to…
The Message from Agnipath: India Can’t Afford the Military it Needs
The signals that the Agnipath scheme sends to India’s adversaries is that under the current dispensation India is unable to provide for the armed forces what the country needs to meet its strategic…
The Right Lessons to Draw as India Overtakes China's Population
India will become the world’s most populous country earlier than anticipated. It would however be counterproductive to take coercive steps towards population control.
Christophe Z. Guilmoto
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…