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Sanjay Srivastava

The writer is a sociologist.

Burning of Thunberg’s images are symbolic warnings of possible fate that awaits woman seen as ‘too independent’
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

If the sight of a group of men torching images and effigies of a young woman does not make our stomachs churn, then, perhaps, we have become completely habituated to the idea of violence against women and past efforts to address the issues have been in vain.

The new ordinariness is the basis of majoritarianism. The ordinary person is no longer an empirical entity
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

The cult of new ordinariness appears to have taken a strong grip across a number of institutions that, in a democracy, have the serious responsibility of protecting empirical victims from the imagined ones.

India’s anti-COVID strategy is premised on a mistaken idea and a pretence
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Epidemics are social dramas whose plots are made from the bricks and mortar of local material. An understanding of this will tell us who lives, who dies and what kind of society emerges.

Big Brother In School
Tue, Jul 09, 2019

Delhi government’s move to install CCTVs in classrooms is an ill-thought out idea.

At home and in the world
Tue, May 28, 2019

Under PM Modi, the aspiration is for a new, global version of Indian modernity.

Misogyny, casteist attacks against Atishi are a product of a silent but salient war
Tue, May 14, 2019

When public life is presented as a war between good and evil regarding acceptable behaviour by women, the historically discriminated and minorities, and dissent to norms is seen as an abiding sin, then we are living in an era without the possibility of change.

Laws like Official Secrets Act conflate interests of particular parties with the greater good
Wed, Mar 13, 2019

The Official Secrets Act of 1923 (OSA) must be one of the most egregious instances of a law that infantilises common citizens through the notion that they should not question the idea of the “secret” itself. It must be contested.

The unexamined collective life
Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Case against Mallikarjun Kharge, arrests of Hindu Mahasabha members, leave untouched a fundamental problem — the legal recourse forestalls a debate on national ideals

Delhi, after 1984
Wed, Dec 26, 2018

How does trauma affect cities that are — at the best of times — brittle networks of cooperation and sociability? In the wake of the riots, Delhi has carried the burden of that time, its spaces filling up with people but its senses bereft of how they might relate to each other.

A gated revolution
Tue, Nov 13, 2018

Current forms of urban politics construct a new aam aadmi: The relatively privileged white-collar professional who feels he has been denied his rights due to ‘appeasement’ of the poor.

How to Repair a Broken System
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Universities must diversify and innovate to serve the needs of the majority

For A Culture Of Criticism
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Re-thinking the relationship between privileged universities and the rest is essential

The content of charisma
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Jayalalithaa’s appeal lay in her ability to help her followers straddle multiple worlds.

The choices of Karva Chauth
Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Why are so many economically independent women keen to participate in rituals that would seem to treat men as superior beings?

Oy, Chak de Phatte!
Sat, Jul 30, 2005

A recent Indian Express article reported that following the phenomenal commercial success of the television talent-hunt show Indian Idol, a ...