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The Need to Reinvent and Adapt the Work of Patrick Geddes
A new study of Patrick Geddes’ work in in India underlines the urban planner’s continued relevance to contemporary issues. But we have to ask ourselves why Geddes’s ideas have failed to gain traction…
A. G. Krishna Menon
Why has the Rule of Law become so Fragile?
‘There is law that applies to certain criminal activities, which are usually connected to older, corporal forms of power and profit, but there is a clear lack of law, or its applicability, to newer…
The Acceptability of Surrogacy
Whose recourse to surrogacy is accepted socially and whose is frowned upon, or even legally prohibited, is a chequered terrain. Popular stereotypes have seeped into policymaking, even as social ways…
The Politics over California’s Anti-Caste Bill
Anxiety amongst upper-caste diaspora that their narrative about a benign Indian culture would be undone lies at the heart of the opposition to California’s bill to ban caste discrimination.
Why We Must Think of ‘Post-Growth’
What is post-growth thinking and how is it different from the growth-centric thinking that is dominant today? A discussion of some principles of post-growth approaches to the economy, including of…
Rajeswari S. Raina
Jayanta Mahapatra: A Poetry of Decreation
'Patience, a quality of attention which is the finest refinement of desire, distinguished the work of Jayanta Mahapatra'. Meena Alexander's discussion of Jayanta Mahapatra's…
Can the West be Saved?
In his book on the crisis in democratic capitalism, Martin Wolf perceives a challenge to Western civilisation itself. This would require revolutionary change. But Wolf's project, instead, is to…
Big Problems, Small Wins
Despite good intentions, much in the new Rajasthan gig workers act is built on weak foundations, which will make it difficult to implement. This makes it unlikely that the workers will actually get…
Demolitions: Rule by Law or Rule of Law?
We demand that governments follow the rule of law when clearing ‘illegal’ settlements. But if laws permit the same outcomes as those that might be caused by the state ignoring them, is this variant…
The Fires of Nuh
The recent communal violence in Nuh and the government's punitive measures have further dispossessed its Muslim residents, already victims of cow vigilantes and of poverty.