The writer is a sociologist.
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 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.
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.
Delhi government’s move to install CCTVs in classrooms is an ill-thought out idea.
Under PM Modi, the aspiration is for a new, global version of Indian modernity.
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.
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.
Case against Mallikarjun Kharge, arrests of Hindu Mahasabha members, leave untouched a fundamental problem — the legal recourse forestalls a debate on national ideals
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.
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.
Universities must diversify and innovate to serve the needs of the majority
Re-thinking the relationship between privileged universities and the rest is essential
Jayalalithaa’s appeal lay in her ability to help her followers straddle multiple worlds.
Why are so many economically independent women keen to participate in rituals that would seem to treat men as superior beings?
A recent Indian Express article reported that following the phenomenal commercial success of the television talent-hunt show Indian Idol, a ...