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

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Dalit Desires and the City of Surat

Based on voices coming from the Mahyavanshi community of Surat, and drawing from the intersection of urban studies and recent debates on Dalit experience, the relationship between Dalits and the city is examined. These voices and their narratives of desire and aspiration do not take shape as bereft of sufferings and discriminations. Yet, in their articulation, they allow us to engage with the ignored dimensions of Dalit personhood and reveal facets of city life that are less attended to.

The Indian National Flag as a Site of Daily Plebiscite

This paper attempts to understand the politics that go into the making of various discourses and ways of looking at one representational site, the tricolour. It also addresses the question of how to read this symbolic space as a contested field and analyses the "cultural practices" underlying political questions in colonial and post-colonial India. The author explores three historical periods in the history of the national flag - the flag satyagraha (1922-23), the constituent assembly debate on the design of the flag and the period between 1997 and 2002 when important decisions regarding the use of the tricolour were taken.
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