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JNU: A Social Laboratory

The article “Why India Needs JNU” (EPW, 4 June 2016) by the eminent sociologist K L Sharma delineates a university which is not only an academic institution but also a unique “public university” in India with egalitarian and inclusive characteristics. He has rightly mentioned that Jawaharlal Nehru...

Rescuing Childhood

The editorial “Let the Children Play” (EPW, 18 April 2015) is thought-provoking. The problem of child labour can be contextualised as a structural one. Children working in “informal economy” units like general stores, fast food restaurants, tea stalls, and garages have painful stories to narrate...

The (Anti)Kill Bill

Whether killing animals to satisfy hunger is morally right or wrong is a complex question. However, many animals are killed in the name of religion. The violent offshoots of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which are holding forth loudly against animal slaughtering in Maharashtra should explain why...

Riot-wing Politics

The article “Caste, Community and Crime: Explaining the Violence in Muzaffarpur” by Mohammad Sajjad (EPW, 31 January 2015) comprehensively analyses the interlinkages between caste, community and crime against Muslims. Nonetheless, attention should be paid to why Muslims as a religious minority...

Reimposing Hinduism

This refers to the article by Anand Teltumbde “ Ghar Wapsi : Welcome to the Hellhole of Hinduism” (EPW, 3 January 2015) where he rightly denounces the attempt made by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its offsprings like the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal to “reconvert” the...

Sanitation Workers

This refers to the article by Vivek Kumar entitled “Whose Cleanliness?” (EPW, 1 November 2014). He has given a vivid analysis of the “Clean India Campaign”, and its relation with caste. These are indeed correct and convincing. However, there are some important points which should be understood in...

Democratising Universities

The editorial “Democratise the University!” (EPW, 4 October 2014) draws attention to the struggles of the student community in the university set-up. I am very much convinced with the view that university administrations should actively encourage student participation in university affairs. The...

Dealing with Alcoholism

The editorial “How Does One Deal with Drink?” (EPW, 20 September 2014) has correctly pointed out the fact that the demand for banning alcohol production often has emerged from socio-religious reform movements, working classes, rural poor, and lower castes and tribes. A recent example in this...
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