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From the States

From the States
Why did the Kamduni incident - the rape and murder of a young college student and the utterly insensitive handling of the issue by the West Bengal government and the ruling Trinamool Congress - spark...
Mizoram's churches promise to correct and guide the political culture of the state, a trend that challenges the universal understanding of secularism. While the church is closely aligned with the...
The drastic fall in Congress votes in Jangipur parliamentary seat - vacated by Pranab Mukherjee on becoming president and contested by his son Abhijit Mukherjee - cannot be a bellwether for the...
The Punjab government has fi led cases under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against publishers and editors of poetry books written by a long dead poet for including inappropriate caste...
Do we have the intellectual resources to comprehend the transformations that are upon us, especially in our villages? A snapshot of a village in Karnataka illustrates the complex and contradictory...
Caste has never been a relevant category in the politics of West Bengal. That has now changed with the political assertion of the Matua Mahasangha which represents the organised voice of the...
Touted as the panacea for Delhi's drinking water problem, this dam can only be constructed by breaking a host of forest and environmental laws and riding roughshod over the livelihoods of farmers in...
In Punjab, during the pre-green revolution period, the relations between landowning Jats and landless dalit agricultural labourers were not as exclusionary as in other parts of north India. The...
The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee came to power in West Bengal with a massive mandate and widespread support from all sections of the people. One year on, its report card is dismal and...
It has been a year since the United Democratic Front government took offi ce in Kerala. During this period communal forces have exercised their infl uence in government formation, and caste and...
In Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party has been essentially thriving by working through caste - specifi cally on the consolidated support of upper caste Lingayats - and not on the basis of a...
When certain institutions of democracy start clashing with each other, an anti-democratic culture takes root and in the end it is the underprivileged who suffer. A recent example from Bengaluru.
While Rahul Gandhi's attempt to reach out to the masses in Uttar Pradesh through a series of well-planned visits, dine-ins and stay-overs in its villages has often been derided, a visit to some of...
 Punjab: Family Business Daljit Ami With political parties nominating their candidates, the battle lines have been drawn for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab. Apart from the traditional...
The AMRI crime is an example of how public safety is being repeatedly compromised. More specifically, it demonstrated the dismal trend of healthcare services being offered by "super specialty care"...
Orissa is prone to natural disasters, especially floods. Yet, the authorities have not been able to draw up an effective disaster management plan and politicians continue to play politics with relief...
 Coastal Accumulation in Tamil Nadu Senthil Babu Seven years after the 2004 tsunami, with the coastal communities in Tamil Nadu yet to reconcile with its after-effects, another disaster is gradually...
The Supreme Court's order to assess and document the artefacts of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is a move towards democratisation of knowledge of the treasure. Equally...
FROM THE STATES Migration, Money, Music Ratnakar Tripathy Jharkhand in 2000 that creates further complications for any calculation. Proxy Indicator Considering the general dearth of reliable or M...
It is commendable that the Central Bureau of Investigation has been able to secure the convictions of 215 public servants for assault, including rape, of a community of 160 adivasis in Vachati...
Police and paramilitary forces who arrived in Dantewada following the Maoist-Salwa Judum conflict in 2005 often occupied school buildings. These schools came under Maoist attack, and were relocated...
What is the politics and literature of resistance in a contested space like Kashmir? A critical look at why the planned Harud Autumn Literature Festival in Kashmir met with such resistance and the...
The police firing on unarmed protesting farmers in Maval tehsil of Pune in late July was of a pattern where the ruling politician-land mafia nexus uses the police to violently put down any opposition...
Even as the strike by the workers of Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant has been successful in meeting some of their demands, the government has backtracked on its promise of having the union registered...
In an atmosphere marked by a growing confrontation, the Assam Forest Department and a dominant section of the Assamese nationalists and conservationists argue that the Kaziranga National Park is...
A year and half later, national attention has shifted away from Mirchpur and its anti-dalit violence. This contribution from the states looks at the perseverance of caste domination and hegemony...
A little tradition and subaltern craft, the wooden puppets or kathputalis were common to Gujarat, Rajasthan and the northern parts of India. After Independence, however, puppetry became a tool for...
Farmers' suicides in Bundelkhand are a result of several years of neglect of the agricultural sector and industrial backwardness. Neither the Uttar Pradesh nor the Madhya Pradesh government has made...
With a growing betel vine sector as well as thriving paddy cultivation and fishing, it is no wonder that villagers in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district have resisted the state government's forceful...
Apple production in Himachal Pradesh benefited hugely from state support in the 1970s and 1980s. Peasant movements were successful in raising the support prices for the apple crop in the early 1990s...
Locating the recent success of candidates from Manipur in the civil services examination in the larger context of the state's deteriorating education system, this article offers insights about a...
The recent murderous attack on Akbaruddin Owaisi, leader of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen in Hyderabad has exposed the fault lines in the Muslim community in the city. How these divisions are...
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