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Intriguing Issues in the Corruption Discourse and Challenges of Governance

Discourses on Corruption: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives edited by Kalpana Kannabiran, Bettina Hollstein and Florian Hoffmann, New Delhi: Sage Spectrum Publications, 2022; pp xi + 289, `795.

Trust in Public Health Practice

Two instances of trust deficit during the COVID-19 pandemic reveal that trust-building is a process based on past experiences of people, built through engagement with institutions and service providers over a longer period. First, it is in the context of accessing treatment in the midst of inadequate access to healthcare, and second, about vaccine hesitancy. There is a need to acknowledge the role of public trust for effective public health practice, especially when the science behind the programme is intellectually arduous for the common public.

Social Media: Heralding a New World Order

In the present times, we see that though social media gives us hope to reform traditional political discourse, yet at many levels, it merely replicates it. Social media thus is becoming this peculiar tool that marks the inimical symptoms of our times.

Private Concerns in Public Discourse

This paper is based on a participatory research study that sought to explore the dynamics of community-based responses to domestic violence across five sites in India. The study was intended to provide documentation of how women-led innovative responses have emerged, how they operate, and how successful they are in addressing the needs of women subject to domestic violence. Community responses to violence can open democratic forms of dispute resolution and to operationalise an objective process through a feminist perspective, incorporating a strong element of preventive justice.

Moral Catastrophes and Immoral Reasoning

This essay is directed at, rather than against, the refined quietness of large sections of the literate upper-middle-class-and-above population of this country on the dreadful carnage in Gujarat: the silence that informs ordinary conversation among friends and acquaintances, the silence of large chunks of the regional written media, the silence of influential men and women in public affairs, the silence of academic institutions which one might have expected to serve as 'natural' sources of principled and intellectual opposition to wrong doing.

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