Satish Deshpande

The writer teaches sociology at Delhi University.

Articles By Satish Deshpande

Like election manifestos, draft NEP is merely a statement of intent

The nation awaits the new born DNEP’s janmakundali to reveal its future. But we already know one of its possible epitaphs: It was just too good to be true.

Quotas, theirs and ours

Being poor is different from belonging to lower castes, even though most poor belong to lower castes.

Strangers in our midst

The decisive question for democracy in India: How should it deal with citizens who think differently and are annoying or inconvenient to ‘us’?

Worse than UGC

Institutions like the UGC are meant to embody this principle and are designed to act as buffers, insulating universities from the massive financial and political power of the state.

Mimicking the enemy

The Congress’s main issue is not dynasty: It is the absence of a distinct and decisive political agenda

A point of collision

Bhima Koregaon is where three political projects of our times clash even as they try to collude with each other

The impossible journal

Institutional innovations are urgently needed to sustain EPW without eroding editorial autonomy or erasing uniqueness.

Misreading caste

New backward classes commission perpetuates an older truncation—of exclusion and discrimination as merely deprivation and disadvantage.

Exemplary violence

The ABVP aggression at Ramjas College can only be explained as a lesson intended for all universities

Fifty shades of black

From the poor to the rich to the super-rich, how demonetisation taps different animosities.

Copy-wrongs and the invisible subsidy

Academic publishers challenged the right of Indian students to photocopied texts. Their suit shows how much they themselves benefitted from the intellectual commons

Corrosive impunities

Question is not if Dalits and Muslims can unite, but how long will society’s pathologies vis a vis both continue

The backward forwards

Jat quota demand is more an expression of caste entitlement than a claim to class disadvantage.

Death of the public university

Even as Indian higher education faces its toughest challenge — the inclusion of hitherto excluded groups — the public university is becoming insecure, narrow-minded and conservative

How not to review reservations

Contrary to the dominant view, development is not a benign caste-free alternative