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Employment, Not Pity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his “Mann ki Baat” programme on 29 November urged people to change their mindset regarding the disabled population. It is true that the disabled are usually viewed as individuals deserving pity. Rabindranath Tagore used to say that being pitied is the worst form of...

Remembering A R Desai

This is an edited and abridged version of the keynote speech delivered at the National Conference on “Remembering A R Desai” organised on 20-21 April 2015 in Kolkata in association with the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai.

Legacy of Social Discourse

The legacy of social discourse of a country is very important for the development of national consciousness. But, sadly, the legacy of writing of social discourse in India has always followed a murky trend. There has been a tendency to be loyal storytellers rather than dispassionate social...

Sanskrit College

Sanskrit College is one of India’s oldest colleges. The institution has the distinction of having had Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar as one of its principals. In spite of the huge potential of Sanskrit as a language for the cultivation of literature and the arts in the present age of modernity,...

Ideals vs Realities

It is unlikely that the Moily panel recommendations on administrative reforms as well as suggestions made by the Planning Commission will induce drastic changes in the Indian bureaucracy. Once the tool to ensuring rational governance, as Max Weber had philosophised, the bureaucracy today remains in many ways entrenched in its own narrow class interests.

Reservations for EBCs

The proposed reservations for EBCs fly in the face of government pledges towards disinvestment and downsizing. Moreover, there remain serious impediments to ensuring a legislative amendment, notably insufficient support for the government in parliament and scheduling of general elections as early as next year.
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