Pamela Philipose

The writer is senior fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Delhi, researching media issues

Articles By Pamela Philipose

A state-directed stripping of rights is rendering citizens alien and inaudible

At a time when India is searching for a top slot in the global order and possibly a seat in the Security Council, obligations undertaken by India vis-a-vis a slew of international treaties have either been discarded or trampled upon in NRC procedures.

Vigilantism 2.0

How do we assess Vigilantism 2.0 against the backdrop of Modi Sarkar 2.0? The first aspect in the Ansari killing was that, in contrast to that of Akhlaq, it did not involve beef.

From The PM, To The People

Announcement of Mission Shakti highlighted PM’s capacity for mass messaging

Her Blind Spots

Tavleen Singh is a legend, but on #MeToo, she misses the point.

No easy endings

Everyone enthused by the MeToo movement must watch out for the blowback. It will come

Award Wapasi 2.0

The counter-narrative this time is not just about ideas, but the economy as well

The map of New India

PM needs to ask himself why under his watch this country has become a fearful place

A Glimpse Into Hell

Byculla jail riot must trigger important inquiries into the institution of the jail. The temerity that the woman prisoner, Manjula Shetye, demonstrated in complaining about missing items in the food allotted to her ward defied a central expectation from a prisoner — submission and silence.

Our own Animal Farm

Cow vigilantism is a tragedy in many parts — a rousing, a lynching, a reflection of change

Tweeting up the votes

In the recent polls, PM Modi used social media in ways that flattened out the political terrain

No questions please, you are the media

The government monitors every word put out by journalists, but dare the latter question it.

Book review: No Country for Girls

A collection of essays on gender imbalance in China and India highlights important dimensions of this intimate catastrophe.

Dabbling In Doublespeak

Media is the new battleground in the conflict zone

Muhammad Ali: Death can’t knock him down

Memories of an encounter between a rookie journalist and Muhammad Ali.

Carrots As Sticks

Revelations of MP government’s ads to dodgy websites point to a larger malaise.

Controlling The Story

Intimidating journalists will result in society losing its eyewitnesses.

Selfie-Made Journalism

Framed at BJP’s Diwali milan: A frontal view of servility to authority.

When dissent was seen as dirty

Sahitya Akademi has broken its silence. But the rage against the writers’ protest was the most instructive part of this episode

The clamour, the silence

The second conceptual breakthrough was in framing sexual assaults as expressions of power, not crimes of passion.

Pink is the Colour of Courage

The rise of a female vigilante group in impoverished Bundelkhand and what it tells of their personal and communal battles.