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Out of Print and On the Line

Working with print publication in a digital era often makes one feel like an anachronism. In the race to compete with online-only publications that have mushroomed in the last decade, online-first has become the publication model to which many print publications have transitioned. The advent of digital publishing has also brought in a great amount of flexibility, especially for news, media, and opinion publishing in terms of both format and time. 

Dharmanand Kosambi: Socialist Shraman and Shramanic Socialist

In this proposed series of blogs I seek to discuss some relatively unknown/overlooked works by Marathi thinkers/activists/scholars engaging with the ideas of socialism. This is not meant to be treated as exhaustive, but should be seen as an annotated translation with questions for further inquiry.

A Call to Slow Down

We, who have grown up on the fable of the hare and the tortoise, with the moral that slow and steady wins the race, have, over time, stopped believing in this story. So much so that it sounds silly even if one wishes to believe in it. Knowingly or unknowingly, we have imbibed the logic of capitalism that equates speed with efficiency—“the faster, the better”. Being “successful” and winning the race was also the mantra in the hare-tortoise story.

Decoding “Reform, Perform, and Transform”

What has fascinated me the most in the 2019 Union Budget is the evocative, if not innovative, use of jingles. Be it “Har Ghar Jal” for universal access to (drinking) water or the use of “Team India with Jan Bhagidari” for minimum government and maximum governance, or “Green Mother Earth and Blue Skies” for the vision of a pollution-free India, who has ever witnessed, let alone conceptualised, such sublime mellifluousness in a mundane accounting statement like the budget document!

The Game is Afoot

In 2017, when Cressida Dick became the first woman commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in its 187-year old history, it was only to be expected that there would be comments about the appointment being on the basis of “political correctness” rather than her competence.

The Future of Critique

Effective critique has to be understood in terms of its hermeneutic capacity in order to intensify its impact in shaping the political orientation and social imagination of the people. Critique has both restorative and creative functions in so far as it does not dispel the object of critique in terms of its semantic expression and its truth claim. Critique that does not see its motivating role in taking a large number of people along with its truth claim loses its hermeneutic power.

The 'First City', Then and Now: Working Class Movements in Bombay

“Gandhi called Bombay the ‘first city of India’ by which he meant, among other things, that it had a highly developed, public-spirited civic culture not found in other Indian cities,” writes Bhiku Parekh in his foreword to Gandhi in Bombay: Towards Swaraj by Usha Thakkar and Sandhya Mehta.

Evidence-based Policy or Policy-based Evidence: What Do We Need Data For?

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Achilles heel in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is the economic non-performance of the Narendra Modi government, which it has brazenly buried under its tinkered macroeconomic estimates.

From Lula to Lalu

Can Brazil and Bihar be spoken about in the same breath today?

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