Entering institutions of higher education is only the first step. After that begins the arduous journey of transgressing established hierarchies of language, region and caste and overcoming stereotypes.
Shahrukh Alam writes: Political minorities organise around their primary identity, and all other inequalities and bigotries within remain suspended in the moment, especially when faced with a “disciplining state”. The hijab case is a good place to ask how individual members of a political minority negotiate their freedoms vis-à-vis their community?
The policy approach of the government appears to be a strategic choice, driven by the desire to exercise more control over every aspect of the digital ecosystem, a preference for domestic firms and a desire to promote national champions while limiting the influence and dominance of Big Tech
Menaka Guruswamy writes: Our apex court understands that their adjudicative obligation is to be able to discern changing mores — in this case, the varied contexts of relationships and families. This constitutional gaze, along with the mandate of our ‘transformative constitution’, has resulted in some of the most dynamic decisions by our court
As the 24th party congress of the CPI begins, the task at hand is clear
Vijay Gokhale writes: As the world watches, 20th Party Congress will signal how China balances development, stability, epidemic control
If he had known that 1,64,033 people died by suicide in 2021 in India, perhaps he might not have said what he did
Amit Mitra writes: The RSS’s self interest in buying peace with Modi was to create a permanent umbrella of political protection for its shakhas to expand across the country and for its front organisations to flourish. What has gone wrong for the top two functionaries to be openly critical of Modi’s economic model and his single-handed control of the government?
Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers write: Yadav played a role in national politics but the UP Vidhan Sabha was his political home, where he was elected 10 times.
The two recent proposals favour the agenda of state and industry, not the interests of people. The impact of social media platforms on our information ecosystems is fundamental. Our public debate must move forward to review structural issues affecting information ecosystems.
Praveen Pardeshi writes: Mission Karmayogi is about creating a civil service with domain, technological competencies and empathy.
Their arguments only serve to pit one section of society against another and don’t help communities to come closer
The very fact that Madhuri Dixit — of “Choli ke peeche” fame — is cast in the role of a lesbian marks the progress Maja Ma makes for queer stories in India
Javed Anand writes: Why it leaves me, a Left-Liberal, at odds with me, a Progressive Muslim
As Xi Jinping prepares to further consolidate power, decisions at party congress will shape China’s internal dynamics as well as define its relations with world
A new show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, does a disservice to the diversity of Indian food culture, elides political questions
Bibek Debroy writes: States can have differential sources of revenue. Alternatively, the cost of delivering that basket may vary across geographical zones. Measuring topography might be an idea worth toying with.
Sudha Pai writes: During his three stints as CM, Yadav introduced several welfare schemes for the empowerment of backwards and poor Muslims. It remains to be seen if Akhilesh Yadav can broaden the base of the SP, revive Yadav’s ideological legacy, and meet the challenge of right-wing hegemony
Rajesh M Parikh writes: Our best defence against the pandemic continues to be vaccination, respiratory and hand hygiene, physical distancing and mask-wearing. As cases rise across the world, it is time we shake off our fatigue
Ghanshyam Shah writes: New organisations like the Ram Sena, Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad etc have cropped up in Gujarat, and they are competing with each other to prove their anti-minority credentials. Instances of lynching and flogging of Muslims and Dalits (as in Una in Gujarat) by these outfits have increased since 2015.
Visuals of fans singing, dancing, and clapping during the screenings took over our social media feed. This is significant at a time when our favourite topic of conversation about contemporary, mainstream Hindi cinema is its poor performance at the box office.
The challenges of being a public figure, much less a cricketer for Team India, are miles away from the days when Dev was playing the sport
Probing the links between twin balance sheet crisis and external commodity shocks could lead to a better understanding of the problem.
We need to invest in two things: Translation into and out of Indian languages and ethics education in schools and colleges. India at 100 must focus on soft powers: the language of peace, and our multilinguality.
A grass roots leader, a national icon – Mulayam Singh Yadav was a father-figure to me