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Sex Workers and Misrepresentations

The article responds to “Social Distancing and Sex Workers in India” by Priyanka Tripathi and Chhandita Das (EPW, 1 August 2020). By putting forth how the arguments in the published article were bereft of references to feminist literature on sex work and the problematic comparison of the sex...

Measuring Access to Higher Education

A response to “Measuring Access, Quality and Relevance in Higher Education” by Pankaj Mittal et al (EPW, 13 June 2020) discusses the inadequacy of eligible enrolment ratio as an indicator to measure the access to higher education by raising the question of social determinants of the criteria of measurement.

Assam and the NRC

Deepankar Basu and Debarshi Das, in their article “Assam’s Politics and the NRC” (EPW, 1 February 2020), have raised a few critical issues regarding the fundamental flaws in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process in Assam and emphasised building an alternative narrative. Their...

Reimagining the Idea of a University in India

In response to the editor’s column, “University as an Idea’’ by Gopal Guru (EPW, 11 January 2020) and Swatahsiddha Sarkar’s article, “The Idea of a University in India” (EPW, 4 April 2020), this article seeks to begin a critical examination of the normative ideas that were presupposed in the earlier articles.

Indian Society of 2047

This article assesses the central arguments made in “Envisioning the India of 2047” by Shyam Menon (EPW, 8 February 2020).

Water Conservation and Religious Organisations

In response to Srirupa Bhattacharya’s article “Groundwater, Gurus, and Governmentality: Seva in the Neo-liberal Development Regime in India” (EPW, 10 August 2019), this article raises a few important questions on the modalities of the implementation and, consequently, the actual impacts of the water conservation projects run by religious organisations. Using the example of the Manjra river rejuvenation project, this article further decodes Bhattacharya’s observation of the gurus receiving “unprecedented structural cooperation” and “universal acceptability” from all, including the state actors.

Ranbaxy Was Never the Exception

Responding to some of the criticisms in Anant Phadke’s review of Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies: Ranbaxy and the Dark Side of Indian Pharma, “Indian Pharma Fraud and Beyond” (EPW, 18 January 2020), this author, who is the protagonist of the book, contends that the review downplays the importance of critical drug testing and is too forgiving of the transgressions of the Indian pharma industry.

Assam’s Politics and the NRC

A response to “Assam’s 2019 Verdict and the Anti-CAB Mobilisations” by Akhil Ranjan Dutta (EPW, 28 December 2019) points to long-run strategies that the Bharatiya Janata Party and its parent organisation have used to consolidate power in Assam. Re-imagination of the “indigenous” has helped it build alliance with regional forces, but anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests exposed the vulnerability of this formula. The futility of the National Register of Citizens exercise in resolving the immigration conundrum in Assam should convince one that the answer to cultural anxieties lies in the political sphere.

Resettled Oustees from Narmada Valley

A response to “Are Resettled Oustees from the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project ‘Better Off’ Today?” by Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar and Neeraj Kaushal (EPW, 23 March 2019) finds that the survey findings do not support the conclusion drawn by the article about the oustees being better off.

Parentheses of Philosophy

The authors of Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics respond to A Raghuramaraju’s review of their book published in EPW (3 August 2019), “Gandhi in the Company of Western Philosophers.”

Why Caste Matters

A response to “Caste and Electoral Outcomes: Misreading Hierarchy and the Illusion of Numbers” by Dipankar Gupta (EPW, 22 June 2019) analyses the continued role of caste as a medium in electoral politics and the function of caste identity.

What Eventually Emerged from the Emergency?

The reviewer of Gyan Prakash’s book Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point replies to the author’s disagreements with his review, “A Road Map of Change in Democracy” (EPW, 22 June 2019).

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