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Remembering D L Sheth: Indian Politics in Theory and Action

In this reading list, we present a theorisation of political development in India, with the writings of academic and activist D L Sheth.

‘Right to Represent’ versus ‘Right to Representation’

Holding the executive accountable, a constitutional respon­sibility, seems to be set aside again in the recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament. A political, institutional and moral deficit is glaring as pressing concerns of the people such as the devastating impact of the second wave,...

Towards a Political Etymology of Sedition

Criminalisation of sedition is normatively inconsistent with the value framework of democracy.

Navigating through Democracy

Politics of the Poor: Negotiating Democracy in Contemporary India by Indrajit Roy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, New York, US, Melbourne, Australia; New Delhi and Singapore: 2018; pp xxi + 521, price not indicated.

Israel’s Impunity, Continued Occupation and Palestinian Resistance

The recent Israeli aggression in Gaza Strip has drawn the world’s attention to the plight of Palestinians once again. The fact that Palestine has remained under occupation for decades, despite the claims of triumph of democracy and human rights, has exposed the nexus between imperialism and global narratives woven with the aid of popular media. The same media is, yet again, trying to twist the facts to vilify the victims of occupation and their resistance against it. Such attempts need to be countered by putting the Palestine–Israel question in a proper historical perspective.

George Floyd: Democracy, Police, and Black American Resistance

When police brutality ends a life and protests follow, the biggest question is, what is the relationship between the promise of democracy, historically disadvantaged communities and law enforcement. There is a need to examine the underlying biases and ideas that shape how minority groups are governed, policed and perceived. George Floyd's murder, following protests, and response of the administration have a lot to offer in this regard.

​Rethinking the Democratic Dilemma

Viewing tech giants like Facebook and Twitter as principal agents of free speech has far-reaching consequences on the health and functioning of a democracy.

D L Sheth (1932–2021)

Dhirubhai Sheth’s intellectual quest was to reinvent social and political theory based on innovations coming from India. The test for a theory of Indian politics was a sustained dialogue between academics and activists—evidenced in his co-founding of Lokayan and Lokniti. Democracy was at the centre of all he thought and wrote about. All pretenders to it were his enemies.

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