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Hindutva Hegemony and Future of Democratic Struggles

In the absence of a strong socialist or leftist ideological alternative, various social fragments have organised independent protests and political strategies to defend their rights. However, in the absence of any sustainable social solidarity between the struggling groups, it becomes easy for the right wing to retain its domination over electoral politics. The varied democratic protests would be relevant if they also build a sustainable political alliance against the Hindutva forces.

The One-state Solution

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance by Rashid Khalidi, Hachette India, 2020; pp 319, Rs 599 (paperback).

In the Best Interest of the Child?

A survivor of sexual assault as a child imagines what it might have been like to go to court as a 12-year-old, in light of the Bombay High Court’s recent judgment.

Justice, Care, and Feminist Spaces

Hard-won feminist victories of the last few decades, especially pertaining to the crime of sexual assault, are at the risk of being forgotten in both civic and judicial memory. It is important, therefore, to restate the political and social premises that shaped feminist interventions in the past, and which continue to be important for all those who seek to intervene in matters relating to sexuality, violence, family and community.

The Injustice of Child Mortality

A Shot of Justice: Priority-Setting for Addressing Child Mortality b y Ali Mehdi, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xxiv + 247, ₹995

Probing into the Freedoms of Queer Liberation in India

Reception of the reading down by the Supreme Court of Section 377 should be more circumspect, since there is much in the decision that offers reasons for concern. Rather than making a rupture with the contemporary majoritarian political climate, the decision is, in fact, a continuation of a longer nationalist project aimed at consolidating the ideal citizen subject of the Indian nation state.

Engaging with ‘a Quintessential University Person’

Conversations with Ambedkar: 10 Ambedkar Memorial Lectures edited by Valerian Rodrigues, Tulika Books and Ambedkar University Delhi, July 2019; pp 282, ₹ 750.

What Is Missing In the #MeToo Movement?

How can we talk about sexual harassment in the context of a sex-negative atmosphere where conversations around sex and sexuality are considered taboo? Who and what is excluded from the available redressal mechanisms for sexual harassment as well as from the larger movement? Through these questions, this article examines the #MeToo movement and the limitations of the criminal justice system and due process.

Migration Policy and Politics in India

India Migrations Reader edited by S Irudaya Rajan, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2017; pp x + 188, ₹ 695.

Partitioned Urbanity

The partition of British India precipitated a set of instruments of governance that shaped occupations, land-use patterns, and forms of citizenship in urban hinterlands. This process is explored through an ethnographic and archival study of a village in Kolkata’s urban periphery, populated by an oppressed caste community called Namasudras, who had suffered repeated displacements. Namasudra refugee labour was crucial in the making of Kolkata’s suburban infrastructure, prompted by a process of state-led “deagrarianisation” and inter-community politico–economic competition that also displaced the local Muslim peasantry.

A 'Human Rights Giant'

Asma Jahangir, a “human rights giant,” lives on as an inspiration and source of strength for millions fighting for rights and justice. This is a portrait of an incredibly courageous woman, lovingly drawn with a collection of memories and anecdotes.

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