A Crisis in Caracas

  • International
  • May 11, 2019


Article 15: A “Dalit film” in the Dreams of a Brahmin
  • Culture
  • July 6, 2019

“Although there is no comparison between Article 15 and Pa Ranjith’s Kaala, but still, it is tempting to look into their ways of direction because these two are the only Bollywood films in recent times, having Bahujan issues as the main theme. Unlike Article 15, in Kaala, Dalits are not always dirty and helpless, waiting […]

The Draft ‘National Education Policy’ 2019 and Smokescreens of a Segregationist Education
  • Commentary
  • July 5, 2019

The plans of this “Modi 2.0” Government as described in the policy document can be classified into 5 basic moves: Centralization, Segregation, Privatization, Informalization and De-regulation of the Education system. Can such a policy be ‘bettered’ through ‘Feedbacks’, or should our efforts be directed elsewhere? Tathagata Sengupta writes.    “Without education wisdom was lost; without […]

AES deaths: Government conducting ‘survey’ to calm down people’s anger
  • Health
  • July 4, 2019

After the death of over 200 children due to AES in Muzaffarpur created a national furore, the health department seems to be moving seriously, but will any serious overhauling of the system at the policy level happen? Writes Anish Ankur.     Strange things are happening in Bihar after the death of more than 150 children […]

Loka Raja Shahu Maharaj: The 20th Century Ruler who Fought Against Caste
  • History
  • July 4, 2019

June 26, 2019 was the 145th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. Shahu Maharaj was a social reformer and also the ruler of Kolhapur, whose Government was perhaps the first to implement caste-based reservations, not just in education but across all Government agencies. His Government, working on ideas of Mahatma Phule, was also one of […]

A Deficit of Ideas
  • Economy
  • July 1, 2019

The period around the Lok Sabha elections was flush with commentary about India’s macroeconomic problems. However, an analysis of opinion articles published in the Indian Express over two months during that period reveals the narrow spectrum of debate over these issues, and the uncritical manner in which they are constantly repeated. Writes Kshitij Malhotra.     […]

Mass Hysterectomy of Bahujan Women Plantation Workers in Maharashtra Sugar Belt
  • Labour
  • June 30, 2019

Large numbers of families from the Marathwada region (South-eastern parts of the state, which includes Beed district) of Maharashtra, migrate for work to the sugar belt in the western parts of the state, to work as sugarcane cutters. According to reports, the women among these workers have been systematically induced by private hospitals in the […]