Wearing the Hijab, Normalising Difference
We cannot negate determined acts of Indian Muslim women to wear the hijab as mere social indoctrination. At a time when being a Muslim is a significant threat on its own, wearing the hijab and owning…
Ela Bhatt: In Memoriam
Ela Bhatt, committed to improving the well-being of self-employed women, was one of those rare people who, in their lifetime, saw more than one law travel from the drafting board to its…
There are no Quick-fixes to Making Indian Cities Liveable
The September 2022 flooding of Bengaluru revealed all that was wrong with urban planning and its (non) implementation in Indian cities. But there are no readymade solutions; we need to evolve…
Anjali Karol Mohan
Why Policies Fail: An Institutional Perspective
India’s unsatisfactory public services are embedded in the very structure and functioning of an outdated field administration. Centralisation, a fragmented administrative structure, inadequate…
The RSS' Plans to Resolve the Muslim Question
The Sangh's most recent outreach to Muslims is part of a history of plans for the “Indianisation” of Muslims by making them more Hindu. The goal of such assimilation is to negate any idea of a…
The Rise and Fall of the Sassoons
The rise and fall of a business empire of colonial Bombay is a story about global capitalism on the one hand, and diasporas and minority identity, on the other.
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…
Making a Living in Urban India: A Photo Essay
A photo essay on the struggles of Indians in cities and towns for existence and dignity as they negotiate their lives every day.
INDIA AT 75
The Journey since 1947-III: Can the Bicycle Come Full Circle in India?
The bicycle, once a symbol of India’s industrialisation, is now relegated to use by the labouring classes who have to risk life and limb on India’s roads. But it may make a comeback given its value…
Disrespectful Maternity Care: Labour Room Violence in Government Health Facilities
The government aims to enhance the quality of healthcare services for pregnant women ensuring “respectful maternity care” at public health facilities. However, observations in public hospitals reveal…