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Do India’s Urban Poor Have a Distinct Politics of Their Own?
To counter the exclusionary nature of the state, the urban poor have to constantly develop new tactics to claim citizenship and welfare benefits.
Chavali Phanisri Soumya
Contours of Media Control in India
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government continues to aim for narrative control of the media. Since print and television news have already been coopted and no longer pose a problem, the effort now…
India’s Growth Trajectory: Insiders and Outsiders
‘India is Broken’ indicts all but a few from the political leadership for India’s economic failures. Does it fail to account for the challenges of building unity in a segmented society? Does it under…
A New Dawn? Can India Reverse Its Staggering Inequality?
How long will India’s working people live with a policy regime that concentrates unimaginable levels of wealth in a few hands and leaves millions of people struggling for food, healthcare, decent…
ChatGPT Interviewed: 'My Strengths and My Limits'
ChatGPT tells us in its own words of how it does what it does, its strengths, and also its inability to carry out deductive reasoning and make hypotheses. It says it can be an excellent supplement…
Humans and Wildlife at the Forest's Edge
Questions of human-wildlife coexistence are invariably also questions of development. A spar between villagers and foresters over trapping a leopard outside a sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh some years…
Was India the Mother of Democracy?
There are claims that the roots of democratic institutions can be found in ancient India. Studies have shown that such institutions have existed not only in India but also in other parts of the world…
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…
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…
What EWS judgement means for India's reservation policy
The Supreme Court ruled that 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Sections in the General category is constitutional. Suno India's Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks with journalist Tejas Harad about…