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

Articles By Bhupendra Yadav

Mirchpur: Assertion and Retaliation

A year and half later, national attention has shifted away from Mirchpur and its anti-dalit violence. This contribution from the states looks at the perseverance of caste domination and hegemony which has derailed the process of justice even after the judicial proceedings were shifted out of Haryana. In parallels eerily similar to Gujarat, the author finds a collusion between state power and the powerful accused.

Haryanvi Jats as Indian Sports Icons

Athletes from Haryana won more than half of the gold medals at the Commonwealth Games 2010. Against the backdrop of the transformation of sports into global commerce, corporatisation and "shamateurism", this article uncovers some of the reasons for the success of the Haryanvi athletes in combat and contact sports. Rewards have so far only celebrated the famous; they have not created a sports culture. And a "sports policy" has been announced by the state government only after the CWG success. Will the new sporting icons help Haryana make the transition from an obsession with honour to a concern for human dignity?

Khap Panchayats: Stealing Freedom?

Khap or caste panchayats wield much more power than the statutory panchayats in states like Haryana and order harsh punitive measures against couples who marry within the gotra. Even powerful politicians do not dare invoke the law against them. However, in a couple of recorded cases, the aggrieved women have dared to come out in public and demand action against these khap panchayats.

Kiernan: Historian of Imperialism

Victor Gordon Kiernan (1913-2009), like many other Marxist scholars, stood resolutely with labour in its contest for hegemony with capital, sang paeans to the peasants and condemned imperialism. His unique niche among historians, however, is assured by two things. First, he pioneered a study of cultural imperialism. He was interested in knowing what imperialism meant for its victims and which attitudes shaped it in the metropolis. Second, Kiernan was among the very few who understood the language and idiom spoken in the south Asian subcontinent. He was among the earliest translators of the sublime Urdu poetry of Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Whither the Social Sciences?

The social sciences have all too often been seen as the poorer "country cousins" of the more richly endowed natural sciences. But as this brief trajectory of social science evolution reveals, the continued development of the arts and humanities is essential to achieve a wider understanding of social systems, the interlinkages these have with other systems and the role of the individual embedded in it.