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The BJP Makes Forays Into Tripura, Where Demands for a Separate Tribal State Have Reemerged

“For the last 70 years, somebody else has been deciding everything for us,” Naresh Chandra Debbarma, the 80-year-old president of Indigenous Peoples...   [ continue reading...]

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Legal Age: The Constituent Assembly Discusses Judicial Independence and Judges’ Retirement

On 28 August, Jagdish Singh Khehar will turn 65, and, as required by the Constitution, retire from his post as the chief justice of India. Khehar was sworn in a...   [ continue reading...]

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“The Chief Justice Is…”: Members of the Constituent Assembly Discuss Judges’ Selection

In October 2015, leading a five-judge bench, Jagdish Singh Khehar—the chief justice of India, who retires on 28 August 2017—struck down the 99th con...   [ continue reading...]

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“Struck” By The Inclusion of Faculty Names In the Report: Ramjas Professors Express Concern About the Crime Branch Investigation

On 21 February, the English Department at Ramjas College, at Delhi University, and Wordcraft—the college’s literature society—held a seminar t...   [ continue reading...]

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Finding the Timeless and the Universal in Naiyer Masud’s Short Stories

“Destitutes Compound,” a story by Naiyer Masud, is about a young man who leaves his home after an argument with his father. After his only friend di...   [ continue reading...]

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How Political Tussle in the Rajya Sabha Led the BJP to Pass a Truncated Constitutional Amendment Bill for Backward Classes

On 31 July, in the Rajya Sabha, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party dropped a key clause in a constitutional amendment bill that would confer constitutional statu...   [ continue reading...]

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To Whom Does It Belong?: Members of the Constituent Assembly Discuss the National Flag

On 22 July 1947, the Constituent Assembly of India passed a resolution to assign a national flag to independent India. The resolution was moved by Jawaharlal Ne...   [ continue reading...]

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“Archaeology Should Be Taken Out of the Corridors of the Government”: Historian Nayanjot Lahiri On the ASI and Preserving Indian Heritage

Nayanjot Lahiri is a professor of history at Ashoka University, and the author of books such as Marshalling the Past: Ancient India and its Modern Histories&nbs...   [ continue reading...]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Amit Bhardwaj’s “Cryptocurrency for Beginners” Is A Poorly-Written Instrument of His Shady Business Schemes

On 9 July, the Times of India’s Sunday edition carried a full front-page advertisement for Cryptocurrency for Beginners: an e-book written by the entrepre...   [ continue reading...]

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Juggernaut Books Responds To An Ex-Parte Injunction Filed By Ramdev

On 4 August, a district court in Delhi passed an order granting an injunction on the book, Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev, by the journalist...   [ continue reading...]

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The Denial of Promotion to a Dalit Professor in JNU Is Symptomatic of a Deep-Rooted Caste Bias Within the University

In early June 2017, Saitya Brata Das, an associate professor at the Centre for English Studies (CES) in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), was denied a promotio...   [ continue reading...]

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How Partition Impacted Monuments in Newly Formed India

In her latest book, Monuments Matter: India’s Archeological Heritage Since Independence, the historian Nayanjot Lahiri discusses the impact that the divis...   [ continue reading...]

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Curating the Wound: The Public Memory of Partition Remains Woefully Caste-Blind

In the heart of Delhi, near Karol Bagh, is a sprawling neighborhood named Rehgar Pura that hums with the sounds and sights of urban life. The streets are lined...   [ continue reading...]

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How To Read An Epidemic: An Excerpt From “The Secret Life of Zika Virus”

Between November 2016 and February 2017, three people in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, tested positive for the Zika Virus. The first was a woman who developed a fever aft...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Did English Dailies In India Not Cover Zika Adequately?

On 10 July, India reported the diagnosis of its fourth case of the Zika virus, in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district. The patient first presented with symp...   [ continue reading...]

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The Anatomy of a Fake Surrender: A Movement Against Bauxite Mining in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills and the State’s Efforts to Circumvent It

It was the first week of May. The summer sun beat down on Lanjigarh, a town in the Kalahandi district of western Odisha, which appeared to have been reduced to...   [ continue reading...]

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In The Shadow of the Pyramids

25 AUGUST TO 20 SEPTEMBER ART HERITAGE GALLERY, DELHI Art Heritage Gallery is presenting an exhibition that documents the Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy...   [ continue reading...]

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Carried Alone

ON 13 JANUARY, in Recife, a coastal city in north-eastern Brazil, 35-year-old Carol Calabria threw a big party for the birthday of her one-year-old daughter, Li...   [ continue reading...]

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Missing Links

At a seminar in Delhi in the first week of July, Vasant Shinde, an archaeologist and the vice chancellor of Pune’s Deccan College, said that in late Septe...   [ continue reading...]

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THE RING OF TRUTH

Wendy Doniger In her new book, the scholar Wendy Doniger explores the connection between jewellery and sex. Drawing on her wide-ranging knowledge of mythology a...   [ continue reading...]

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