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Comparing Western UP and Bundelkhand

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 incomplete and misleading picture. By factoring in these indicators, this article attempts to compare levels of human development in the two economic regions of UP, namely Bundelkhand and Western UP.

Kinnaur's Curse?

Kinnaur, one of Himachal Pradesh’s most ecologically fragile places, is under threat from widespread construction activity in hydroelectric power projects. Landslides have become a common occurrence threatening apple orchards as well as habitats in Kinnaur.

Making an Indian Airport City

Several problems threaten India’s first airport city at Andal in West Bengal—land acquisition being the least of them. Dependence on coal and mining industries as well as overestimated passenger traffic are the main bumbling blocks for this new aerotropolis.

Maharashtra's Marathi Multiplex Story

The recent diktat of the Maharashtra state government about showcasing Marathi cinema at multiplexes during prime time has met with both criticism and support. This decision, although necessary, is no more than a tokenistic gesture to preserve regional culture and is governed by the rules of consumerism .

Idealism and Collectivism Are Alive

If the decisions arrived at the Swaraj Samvad are carried out effectively, Arvind Kejriwal may face one or both of these prospects in the coming months—A vast number of AAP members constantly agitating for swaraj from within, or en masse migration to an expanded political party born through the newly launched Swaraj Abhiyan.

Has Education Transformed Muchi Women's Lives?

This article is a study to understand the impact of education on the overall development of Muchi women in Cachar district, Assam. Does education propel women towards greater political participation or is it appropriated by the dominant groups?

Village as 'Class' and City as 'Mass'

Villagers explain why they call the “new capital” areas of Andhra Pradesh “class” while older cities like Vijayawada and Guntur are “mass”. The second in a series of photo essays documenting change in the peripheries of Vijayawada, slowly transforming into the Andhra Pradesh state capital. For the first photo essay in the series, click here.

The Age of Hurt Sentiments

The attack on Tamil author Puliyur Murugesan, like the one on Perumal Murugan, prove that groups that play divisive politics of caste are gaining ground in Tamil Nadu.

The Dimapur Lynching

The 5 March public lynching of Syed Sarif Uddin Khan, an Assamese Muslim charged with rape in Dimapur, Nagaland has drawn attention to the simmering tensions in this commercial centre situated on the border of Nagaland and Assam. Accused falsely of being an illegal Bangladesh immigrant, Khan was one of thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims who have lived in Dimapur for decades. What mainstream India has failed to understand are the many complex and layered tensions that are at work in Dimapur that exploded in the 5 March lynching.

Dispensing Justice Through Kangaroo Courts

In awarding brutal punishment to people who defy social norms based on superstitions, patriarchy and casteism in villages, gaavkis or caste panchayats in Maharashtra openly subvert the law of the land with the tacit support of the police and politicians. The Tanta Mukti Gaav Yojna, a village dispute resolution scheme, initiated by the state government to curb the growing menace of these unconstitutional bodies lacks teeth and perpetuates the established structures of hierarchy and dominance.

AAP, Left and Their Cultural Tools

The Aam Aadmi Party’s campaigning style, particularly in the run-up to the 2015 Delhi elections, has been drawn largely from the Left's cultural organisations. Yet its electoral success and popularity in Delhi has far outreached and outwitted the latter.

Challenging "Make in India"

The workers’ agitation in the Gurgaon Manesar belt demanding better wages and working conditions questions the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s “Make in India” promises.

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