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Marginalised Migrants and Bihar as an Area of Origin

Outmigration from Bihar in search of livelihood has been normalised over several decades, with Bihar being one of the topmost states of origin for the migrants. Unemployment rate in Bihar remains higher than the country average. Agriculture has become unviable over the years due to low yields, increasing landlessness and lack of financial support by the state. The return migration to the state in the wake of COVID-19 necessitates that the state generate farm and non-farm employment to address the crisis situation.

COVID-19 and the Public Health System in Bihar

Bihar’s public healthcare system is not equipped to deal with the challenge of COVID-19. The density of testing centres is the worst for Bihar in the country, with one testing centre for a population of 110 million. Besides, it lacks in both infrastructure and human resources in the health arena and, thus, is unprepared to deal with and properly respond to the health crisis.

Students’ Struggle against Assault on Public Education

Over the past one month, the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, with the JNU Teachers’ Association standing in solidarity, have built a mass movement against the proposed hike in hostel charges, as they realise that what is at stake essentially is the very idea of public-funded higher education.

Chilly Encounters

The addition of chillies to spice up a cuisine often brings on more than fond culinary memories—tears, sweat and scalded tongues are delicious spin-offs.

Out of This World

Escape from civilisation may be an option for characters in films like Highway but lesser mortals will have to confront their own demons right here and now.

'New Radicalism' in Hindi Literature

The work of three Hindi writers who all died in late 2013 - Vijaydan Detha, Rajendra Yadav and Omprakash Valmiki - was distinct and yet overlapped with each other. It reflected the larger and continuing churn in the world of Hindi writing. Their writings are proof of the amorphous nature of the Hindi written world that allows confl icting worlds to cohabit together.

Struggling to Break Free

Contemporary Hindi box-office hits feed outlandish fantasies to a new young middle class.

Mainstreaming Modi

Big business and mainstream media are not just hailing Narendra Modi’s arrival on the national stage, but beautifying him and making all that he represents, acceptable to the people.

Kai Po Che

The film Kai Po Che has come in for some criticism for eliding over the role of Narendra Modi in the Gujarat killings of 2002. This review argues that by faithfully recreating the social and political contexts of those times in the language of mainstream cinema, it helps remind people how dangerous is the politics that Modi represents.

Fallacy of the State in Bihar

Nitish Kumar's rule in Bihar has been lauded for the return of "law and order". An overview of some recent events involving dalits, pasmanda Muslims and the sway of landlords and their mafi a reveals that little has changed.

Debates around Authorship and Originality

This paper explores some of the debates and trends around the emergence of modern authorship in Hindi in the late colonial period. The attempt is to explore the twin processes of translation and the writing of "original works" which were seen to be constitutive in the making of the Hindi intellectual. The attempt is to also look at some of these debates through the apparent binaries of translation versus original, national versus individual, poetry versus prose and political versus literary. This often contradictory process was an outcome of a period where the idea of the "individual genius", borrowed from the west, was still taking shape.

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