Deepening Challenge in Climate Change

There is no more denying the fact of global warming; can India respond with appropriate policies?

Caste Publications

The Space for Upper Caste Subculture Politics

Modern political culture has given viable incentive for various castes to develop their respective subcultures to consolidate their power in a competitive social world. Print media becomes the basis of these subcultures as it provides a viable option both for the consolidation of a shared identity as well as its communication. This article tries to illustrate the role played by print culture in materialising upper caste subcultures and their respective organisational politics through an empirical study of various registered upper caste publications in Uttar Pradesh.

Commentary

The precise truth of what actually happened in the case of the recent gang rape of a Santal woman in Suri town in the district of Birbhum, West Bengal is obscured by the overlapping, self-interested narratives of different actors, like in Akira...

Special Articles

This article reviews a prominent index in ongoing debates concerning labour regulations, the World Bank's Employing Workers Index. Drawing on research and studies on the EWI and its economic impact, it addresses three interrelated issues. First,...

Editorials

The Supreme Court's rulings on sexual minorities have had a churning effect.

Editorials

Elections are increasingly becoming contests over personalities and not of policies.

Election Specials / Web Exclusives

The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navanirman Sena is once again set to determine the electoral outcome in the Lok Sabha elections this year in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance should be concerned, as the MNS polarised...

Election Specials / Web Exclusives

Election surveys are seen as covert instruments used by political parties for making seat predictions and influencing the electorate in India. It is high time opinion polls take cognizance of the situation to establish their credibility and...

Commentary

Four American scientists have proposed giving nuclear power a chance to reduce fossil fuel pollution and mitigate global warming. But from all we know so far, it could be futile to address global warming by replacing one polluting electricity-...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues
Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

In this interview, central secretariat member of the Dalit Human Rights Movement, Seleena Prakkanam talks about struggles and leadership and caste issues.

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

This article unravels the complex narratives which might counter the popular perception of the pongala festival as an "all-women space". The all-male groupings that have sprung up in and around the Attukal Bhagavathy temple during the...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

Malayalam cinema's constructs of femininity offer interesting insights into economies of gender in contemporary Kerala. Female self-fashioning in films has overwhelmingly centred around valorising a normative femininity, defined here as a...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

This article attempts to conceive of a contemporary history of gender and sexuality in Kerala. As erotic intimacies remain a slippery terrain for historical explorations, the focus is on the paradigm shifts that distinguish its recent history in...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

An examination of the child marriage system in Travancore - a princely state in Kerala before Independence - in the 1930s and 1940s finds that advocacy of child marriage has not been limited to communities considered traditional. There were...

Review of Women's Studies / Review Issues

This article studies the experiences of a group of women workers involved in home-based work for a food processing unit in Kerala, where membership to Kudumbashree, the state-centric civil society organisation, is necessary for participation. The...

Special Articles

This article draws upon the theoretical framework of Pierre Bourdieu to examine the capacity of lower-middle-class young men in Dehradun to gain employment. Despite having tertiary-level education, their search for employment is an extended one,...

Special Articles

Deepening democracy is premised on the moral capacity to, first, overcome illegitimate prejudice with the force of reason, and second, to genuinely follow the principle of radical rotation of political ositions. Failureto follow such a principle...

Commentary

The lockout at Toyota-Kirloskar Motors in Karnataka was a strategy by the management to silence the workers who put forth their demands and raised fears about their job security. Such actions challenge the ability of unions to negotiate workers...

Commentary

The cynical manipulation of the state's people by Jharkhand's political class on the domicile policy issue is leading to resentment and distrust, especially between the tribals and non-tribals. These leaders are raking up the "...

Commentary

Looking at the National Sample Survey Office data on employment and unemployment by major religious groups, this article finds that the Muslim community remains worse-off compared to all other religious groups on almost all indicators. It is...

Commentary

The new politics of caste in West Bengal has the potential to dislodge the traditional bipolar political discourse in the state. While bhadralok politics is still dominant, the question of caste is growing in importance; whether it finally comes...

Commentary

The 2014 elections in Tamil Nadu are a point of no return for the Congress much like the 1967 general elections. But the consolidation of the Other Backward Classes that led to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's emergence is now over and...

Notes

This article addresses the transformation of dissent in Indian cinema over the past decade. In analysing two films by Vishal Bhardwaj and Dibakar Banerjee, the author argues that the incorporation of critical ideas on society and politics into...

Economic Notes

The US Federal Reserve's March 2014 decision to continue with tapering off of its asset purchases indicates that this may continue until the end of 2015. The effects of the gradual winding down of the quantitative easing programme in the...

Book Reviews

Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat by Rita Kothari (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan), 2013; pp 200, Rs 745.

Book Reviews

Dispossession: The Performative in the Political by Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou (Cambridge: Polity Press), 2013; pp 240, Rs 1,229.