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Doing Nothing and Being Nothing

The lack of opportunities for training and quality education hinders the development of entrepreneurial talent among India and South Asia’s youth. In this way, they are demoralised and disillusioned with the system and more often than not, with themselves. Some of them believe they are useless, while others do “nothing” and therefore amount to “nothing.” Hope and agency can provide an out for these young people all across India and South Asia.

No Country for Young Men?

What Young India Wants: Selected Essays and Columns by Chetan Bhagat (Delhi: Rupa), 2012; pp 208, Rs 140

Entrenched Problems in Sexual Violence

The gruesome gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi on 16 December 2012 has provoked a public firestorm in India and has raised urgent questions about how to improve women’s security in the country. As the editorial “Understanding the Incomprehensible” (EPW, 29 December 2012) pointed out, the...

Making Ends Meet

Much of the scholarship associated with the "urban turn" in south Asia has focused on the upper middle class or the poor. This study examines social change through the lens of interstitial places and populations. In particular, it focuses on young men who find themselves "in-between" in multiple senses: between youth and adulthood, the rich and poor, and the rural and urban. This "in-betweenness" shapes how they navigate a changing economic and institutional landscape. It also shows how the forms of enterprise they engage in stitch together the rural and urban in new ways.
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