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Book Review

Book Review: How to win an Indian election

Shivam Shankar Singh’s “How To Win An Indian Election: What Political Parties Don't Want You To Know"

March 13,2019

Book Review

The Insidious Interlocking of Caste And Gender In India

Uma Chakravarti’s “Gendering Caste Through A Feminist Lens”

March 12,2019

Book Extract

[Book Extract] The 'Common Maximum Programme': Lynchings betray an old pattern

A excerpt from 'Lynch Files: The Forgotten Saga of Victims of Hate Crime', by senior journalist Ziya Us Salam.

February 25,2019

Lead Opinion

Effigies can’t kill Gandhi

The attempt to demonise Gandhi and sacralise the man who killed him is however, a deeply worrying sign for India’s polity. The burning of Gandhi effigy is a political motive to invert the symbols of good and evil, right and wrong, and create moral confusion in the social sphere. It is an attempt to forcibly establish a new morality into the nation’s psyche. 

February 3,2019

Books and Ideas

Prison cannot stop Varavara Rao from writing

Prison walls cannot stop imagination and expression, however much they try to curb freedom of expression. Varavara Rao, the renowned poet and public intellectual, is again behind bars, this time round as an under-trial prisoner in Pune’s Yerawada Central Prison in the infamous Bhima-Koregaon or Urban Naxal case. In his public life spanning about 60 years, the 78-year-old poet spent more than seven years in various prisons in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, beginning with his first arrest in 1973.

December 17,2018

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