ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Ashwini Deshpande

Viewing Caste Inequality Upside Down

The justifi cation for a slew of preferential policies aimed at Brahmins in three southern states of India are empirically examined. The results reveal that Brahmins in these three states are at the top of various human capital measures, various standard of living indicators, and have better political and social networks compared to all other social groups. Thus, these preferential policies retrench the existing caste inequalities instead of eliminating them. 

What Does Work-From-Home Mean for Women?

There has been near-universal adoption of work-from-home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Does this shift have similar implications for men and women? What does work-from-home mean for different categories of women, and what are the implications of this shift in terms of class, nature of work, location of work, and degrees of informality?

New Voices in Songs

Thin voices in Hindi film music are seen to be associated with "good girls" who are obedient, innocent, and pure. Lata Mangeshkar's thin voice is assumed to have suited a particular vision of femininity promoted by Hindi films at the time. It is tempting to think that as their singing voices have thickened and acquired greater texture, female characters in Hindi films have similarly acquired greater agency, rebelliousness and independence. The reality, however, is very different.

Scholar Extraordinaire: Ashok Ranade on Hindi Film Music

A rare scholar-performer of Hindustani art music, Ashok Da Ranade passed away recently. This tribute looks at his pioneering scholarship on Hindi film music, to which he accorded seriousness as an independent and distinct genre of Indian music. The hope is that his powerful analysis of this field will pave the way for more contextualised and musically informed research, rooted in a firm understanding of Hindi films.