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Alternative Standpoint

The intersectional framework has been one of the most important contributions to feminist studies. It has since travelled outside the United States in the last three decades and has also gone through much development in India during this time. Along with other categories like sexuality and religion, it has rightly brought attention to Dalit women who were often overlooked in earlier conceptions and movements under feminist studies in India.

Over the past two decades, the Indian media industry has witnessed transformative shifts typified by the proliferation of media establishments and their corresponding audiences. The emergence of digital media has fostered a conducive environment for the proliferation of independent journalism. However, notwithstanding the opportunities presented by this landscape, numerous challenges persist until independent journalism attains its full potential.

The constitutional procedure making the vice president the ex officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha is enmeshed in a few legal incompatibilities (such as rank, salary, and combination of distinct capacities) and the dilution and debasement of democratic as well as federal credos (such as imposing others’ choices, ignoring endorsement from federating units, etc). Thus, the very provision demands a dispassionate relook.

The changes that have been taking place with reference to the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) have been speedy and, at times, absurd. The changes happening to this platform since its acquisition, especially the loss of blue checkmarks for many notable personalities, in the context of India’s complex news media landscape are analysed in this article.

The Government of Karnataka has launched the “Brand Bengaluru” initiative with a key aim to rebranding the city to ensure a safe and inclusive environment. Ironically, such initiatives are only flagbearers of capitalism, as the residents of the city are neglected and social inclusion is overshadowed in this initiative. Highlighting the necessity of an eco-socialist approach, it is important that we create an alternative system that is driven by inclusivity and social equity instead of elite consumerism.

The prevalence of caste-based inequalities in contemporary Assam is examined in this article. Although scholars in the context of North East India in general have examined caste–tribe relations and racial discrimination, caste-based disparities and discrimination in Assam are yet to be explored in the academic discourse. It is argued that caste hierarchies are firmly embedded in the everyday life of Assamese society. An intersectional approach is necessary to re-examine the relation between caste inequalities and gender, tribe, and class in Assam.

The intricate nexus between religious conversion and economic transformation among Navayana Buddhist women is explored in this article. Narratives from Navayana Buddhist women underscore the tangible influence of religious conversion on economic mobility and community solidarity. The findings of the article contribute to a broader discourse on the intersection of religion and economic transformation.

The author sincerely thanks Simon Barnabas and Najeeb Yehia Ezzi Washaly for their comments and suggestions on an earlier version of this article. Dilip Chavan ( dilipchavan@srtmun.ac.in) teaches at the Department of English, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded.

Recently, the Kerala government revised property tax rates, which has attracted criticism from various corners. This article aims to comprehensively examine the fiscal compulsion and inevitable nature of property tax reforms in the state. It argues that the property tax rate in the state is the lowest and an increase in rates is necessary to meet the growing demands for public services and infrastructure, and to ensure a sustainable fiscal future for urban local governments in Kerala.

Existing environmental discourses in India are examined and a possible way forward is suggested to rethink environmental issues and its pedagogical approaches in India. To that end, environmental humanities is fast emerging as an interdisciplinary framework for understanding humans’ and non-humans’ entanglements with a special emphasis towards centring the ecological epistemologies framed by various social groups who are marginalised in the rigid social structures of society.

Forged by the judiciary while it tussled with the executive–legislature combined, the basic structure doctrine marks certain features of the Constitution as incapable of destruction. The criticism often levelled against it is that it allows the unelected to dominate sovereign will. This reasoning disregards that the Constitution is a closer expression of how the people want to be governed.

It is widely accepted that enhancing various aspects of development such as education, health, and incomes contribute to reducing the frequency and intensity of crimes in society, since it increases....

Amendments to the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 were made by the union government in December 2022. These amendments resulted in an increase in the animal species protected by the WPA, while also increasing the penalty manifold. Against this background, it is argued that the criminal–legal framework of wildlife conservation established by the WPA is rooted in Brahminical environmentalism. The WPA will further strengthen the web of criminalisation around forest-dependent livelihoods, predominantly affecting forest-dwelling communities.

The politics of caste has encompassed every aspect of Indian social and cultural lives, including quotidian food preparation and consumption practices. Because of their socially inferior caste identities, Dalits are mistreated in (and excluded from) Indian dominant dining spaces, and their food preparation and eating habits are stigmatised by upper-caste groups.

In light of the National Education Policy, which outwardly emphasises on equity and inclusion, this article critically examines the implication of the professor of practice scheme as announced by the University Grants Commission draft guidelines. It is argued that a dogmatic implementation of such a policy holds the potential of keeping the system of Indian higher education exclusionary. There is a need to contextualise such a policy in the Indian social milieu to make it socially viable in the wake of exclusionary consequences.