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A ‘Reading’ without History: Questioning a Flawed Reading of Left Politics in Tripura

R K Debbarma’s reading of left politics in Tripura in the article “Where to Be Left Is No Longer Dissidence” (EPW, 27 May 2017) is ahistorical, inaccurate and one-sided. Two distinctive features of Tripura’s left-led political movement have been the safeguarding of the rights of the tribal people on the one hand, and maintaining democratic unity between the tribal and the non-tribal (Bengali) people on the other.

A Relook at the Term 'Tribe'

Over the years, the academic literature has shown growing differentiation among the tribes and challenged the notion of tribal homogeneity. This response to Sumit Guha's "States, Tribes, Castes: A Historical Re-exploration in Comparative Perspective" (EPW, 21 November 2015) looks at the critiques of the idea of a homogeneous "tribe."

Caught in NET

As a continuation of the debate on University Grants Commission- National Eligibility Test, this response argues that NET is only a symptom of the larger disease that plagues the system of higher education in our country. What is at issue is the disregard of secular and progressive ideals and the arrogance that marks such indifference. These must be thoroughly challenged.
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