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How Did Hindutva Nationalism Become Popular?

This reading list looks at the history of growing majoritarianism in India in the last three decades.

Is Mamata Banerjee a Viable Alternative to Narendra Modi?

In her years as chief minister, Mamata Banerjee’s leadership has also been questioned for her authoritarian tendencies.

Family and Politics: Not Just a Congress-Specific Problem

Dynastic politics has become an integral part of India’s political DNA. It is a structural problem that several political parties face in various degrees.

Identity Politics is Not the Evil it is Made Out to Be

The existence of identity politics in any democracy is an indicator of the vibrancy and health of politics.

The Weight of a Vote

NOTA as a passive device absolves individuals of their responsibility to engage with the political reality.

Where Are the Women in Indian Politics?

Even though it would appear that more women are participating in electoral politics in India, there are several qualitative ways in which they are politically excluded.

Public Health Systems and Privatised Agendas

Examining how health policy has fared in India during the last five years shows the constriction of finances for major programmes like the National Health Mission and Reproductive and Child Health Programme that has led to under-resourced public systems. The Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana health insurance scheme would only end up diverting public resources towards commercial insurance companies and private hospitals, while having doubtful benefits for community health.

Who Can Represent Muslims in Electoral Politics? Debates in the Muslim Public Sphere

As the communal polarisation of voters has become a pivotal concern in the 2019 election, the debate within the Muslim public sphere around the dilemmas of representation has gained traction.

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