The writer teaches sociology at Delhi University.
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.
The erosion of autonomy began well before the current regime. Much of it was ceded by academics rather than snatched by bureaucrats or politicians.
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.
Being poor is different from belonging to lower castes, even though most poor belong to lower castes.
The decisive question for democracy in India: How should it deal with citizens who think differently and are annoying or inconvenient to ‘us’?
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.
The Congress’s main issue is not dynasty: It is the absence of a distinct and decisive political agenda
Bhima Koregaon is where three political projects of our times clash even as they try to collude with each other
Institutional innovations are urgently needed to sustain EPW without eroding editorial autonomy or erasing uniqueness.
New backward classes commission perpetuates an older truncation—of exclusion and discrimination as merely deprivation and disadvantage.
The ABVP aggression at Ramjas College can only be explained as a lesson intended for all universities
From the poor to the rich to the super-rich, how demonetisation taps different animosities.
Academic publishers challenged the right of Indian students to photocopied texts. Their suit shows how much they themselves benefitted from the intellectual commons
Question is not if Dalits and Muslims can unite, but how long will society’s pathologies vis a vis both continue
Jat quota demand is more an expression of caste entitlement than a claim to class disadvantage.
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
Contrary to the dominant view, development is not a benign caste-free alternative