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Satish Deshpande

The writer teaches sociology at Delhi University.

Gandhi, Savarkar and the irrelevance of facts
Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Satish Deshpande writes: The truth is not the same as what is politically relevant and convenient. This is what critics of Rajnath Singh’s recent remarks have missed.

Who’s afraid of a caste census?
Sat, Aug 14, 2021

Satish Deshpande writes: The most powerful and the most pampered minority in Indian society is composed largely of the upper castes. A caste census will make it visible.

Reservation debate: a new, post-myth era
Mon, Mar 15, 2021

With the Supreme Court reconsidering the ceiling of 50 per cent for reservations, we can move beyond binaries and ask difficult questions about power-sharing.

Why we must protest both Vikas Dubey murder, risking of Varavara Rao’s life
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The fact that Dubey was yet to be charged under any law while Rao has been charged under a special law should not blind us to the essential similarity they share — the state took unfair advantage of its custodial power over them. But the real danger such cases pose is that they always carry in their background the suggestion of popular support, which sometimes ripens into an explicit claim.

Online education must supplement, not replace, physical sites of learning
Wed, May 27, 2020

We have long ignored the vital role public educational institutions play as exemplary sites of social inclusion and relative equality. In Indian conditions, this role is arguably even more important than the scholastic role.

Four years after Rohith Vemula died, the public university is still riddled with crises old and new
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The erosion of autonomy began well before the current regime. Much of it was ceded by academics rather than snatched by bureaucrats or politicians.

Like election manifestos, draft NEP is merely a statement of intent
Fri, Jun 14, 2019

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
Fri, Jan 11, 2019

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

Strangers in our midst
Thu, Dec 27, 2018

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
Wed, Jul 04, 2018

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
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

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

A point of collision
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

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

The impossible journal
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

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

Misreading caste
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

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

Exemplary violence
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

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

Fifty shades of black
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

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

Copy-wrongs and the invisible subsidy
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

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
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

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

The backward forwards
Wed, Feb 24, 2016

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

Death of the public university
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

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
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

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