The Making of Asia

Makers of Modern Asia edited by Ramachandra Guha, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014; pp 385, price not indicated.

Home Team versus Local Stars

Franchises in the Indian Premier League

The Indian Premiere League’s unwavering support base proves that it is attached not just to its local icons, but also to the local sporting grounds. 

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

Home to a sizeable tiger population and several other endangered species, the Pilibhit Forest Division, an erstwhile timber yielding reserve forest, was notified as a tiger reserve by the Uttar Pradesh state government in 2014. To successfully...

Commentary

"Unsilencing Pakistan" was an idea first articulated in 2011. It has been revived following the recent murder of Sabeen Mahmud, who had attempted to create a space where Pakistanis could discuss contentious issues--like the human rights...

Editorials

The RTI is virtually being strangled to death by deliberate delays in appointments.

Editorials

Investigation into Madhya Pradesh's Vyapam scam must be completed quickly.

Editorials

Are the knives being readied as another round of "development" is foisted on the Adivasis of Chhattisgarh?

Commentary

Though the Tories under David Cameron have won a second term with a majority, the United Kingdom's political mould has broken with the recent elections. Most significantly, Scotland is on a journey of its own--and a largely positive-looking...

Commentary

This article proposes an "ecology of suffering" which mediates between the sufferer and the "clinic." "Ecology" refers to the network of forces acting on and by the people suffering and those around him/her. It is...

Commentary

In the complex set of transactions between the affiliates of multinational enterprises located in different countries, the valuation of such deals for taxation by the host country is a complicated matter. A discussion of the various models and...

Commentary

Kinnaur, one of Himachal Pradesh's most ecologically fragile regions, is under threat from widespread construction activity for hydroelectric power projects. Landslides have become a common occurrence putting lives of villagers to severe...

Commentary

Providing developing countries adequate funds to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions remains vexed in spite of the urgency of combating climate change. In 2009, developed countries pledged to provide $100 billion by 2020 for a corpus to fund...

Men Doing Feminism

Aiming to bring critical attention to men's involvement in feminist social research in India, an introduction to a collection of essays on what it means to be a "man" and do "feminism."

Men Doing Feminism

Masculinity studies emerges from a conversation with feminism rather than either political activism that equates to feminist endeavours or reaction against the historical experience of oppression. But can men as social beings take part in a...

Men Doing Feminism

Manusamhitā can rightly be considered as a theoretical framework for the practice of misogyny, to which many, advertently or inadvertently, irrespective of caste, class and political affiliation, subscribe. Replete with verses which are demeaning...

Men Doing Feminism

It is not so much the gender of the male ethnographer which influences the collection of gender-sensitive information from the field, but it is the "gender regime" prevailing in disciplinary practices such as anthropology and sociology...

Men Doing Feminism

What does it mean for a man to conduct oneself as a feminist? It is this question that the author, a legal academic, dwells on in this essay. The article can be seen as a jurisdictional auto-critique about feminism's relationship with law,...

Perspectives

Presenting a critical review of the issues in labour market reforms in India, this article places them against the backdrop of trends in labour force participation and formal/informal employment in the organised/unorganised sectors. Critically...

Special Articles

A shift from policies to that of the politics of the distribution of power and privilege in societies may bring with it recognition of the entirely new ethos of nationalism and democracy in our times. This article begins with this changed ethos...

Special Articles

Creative industries have become an important source of economic growth and international trade in recent years. India is one of the leading exporters of creative goods and services, and ranks fourth in terms of value of exports at the global...

Special Articles

From laws on sedition and censorship to the vitality of resistance literature in times of struggle, creative writing and performance have played a critical role in shaping the public conscience. The ways in which law weaves into and through...

Notes

The capacity of trade unions to bargain or challenge technological change in the workplace has been a crucial aspect of the debate around machine-worker dialectics, which is a neglected area of research in India. Studying bank unions'...

Postscript

The utility of dictionaries has increased with new technology and internet apps making reading a better experience for both native and non-native speakers of English.

Postscript

Trying to organise an international, multicultural and secular wedding in Paris turned out to be a lesson in differing bureaucracies.

Postscript

In an effort to impart complex ideas as simply as possible, in this edition of his column, the illogical Toothcomber tackles the profligacy of the poor and economic inequality.

Web Exclusives

Bollywood’s reaction to the conviction of Salman Khan over the 2002 hit-and-run case shows the corrosion to artistic sensibility it has undergone under the influence of affluence. 

Reports From the States / Web Exclusives

For large states like Uttar Pradesh, there are always inter-regional comparisons regarding economic development and growth. However, without taking cognizance of the performance on the human development front, such comparisons often yield an...