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Troubled Pasts, Uncertain Futures: Making Sense of Rakesh Tikait’s Muzaffarnagar Legacy

The farmer leader from West UP, who is currently leading the anti-government protest at Delhi's Ghazipur border, has a troubled legacy of sectarian riots. How does one read that in today's context?

Vested Political Interests Continue To Scuttle Demand for ST Status in Assam

Six communities in Assam have been demanding the Scheduled Tribe (ST) classification since decades, but political parties haven't done much. The current BJP-led state government has been delaying it too.

India’s New Farm Laws Could Render Winter Harvest Festivals Irrelevant

By breaking up rural agrarian communities and handing over land to corporates, the new laws could forever invalidate harvest festivals like Lohri, Sankranti, Bihu and Pongal.

Twitter Is Not Censoring Donald Trump. Free Speech Is Not Guaranteed if It Harms...

The suggestion Trump has been censored is simply wrong. It misleads the public into believing all “free speech” claims have equal merit. They do not.

How Successive Governments, from Congress to BJP, Ruined India’s Agrarian Economy

The massive farmers' protest that is currently underway in India is only a climactic manifestation of years of decay brought about by greater corporatisation of Indian agriculture.

Online Gig Workers, Lifesavers During COVID-19 Pandemic in India, Have Precarious Lives

Online 'freelance' workers, such as those working with app-based services, kept Indian cities going during the harsh COVID-19 lockdown. But they remain vulnerable to exploitation and uncertainty.

Is 2016 a Prudent Choice for India’s New CPI-Industrial Workers Base Year?

The Labour Bureau's choice of a new base year, and the manner and timing of the change, raises more than one pertinent questions.

India’s New OSHW Code Appreciates Migrant Workers’ Realities, but Fails To Ensure Comprehensive Protection

The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code (OSCHWC), 2020 takes into account ground realities of present-day migration landscape, but remains limited in scope.

What Durga Puja During COVID-19 Pandemic Tells Us About Artisans

Time and again, artisans have crafted idols of Goddess Durga to make a point about social justice. Yet, these artisans are themselves one of the most underpaid segments of India's informal economy.

Health Wearables Can Threaten Right To Privacy, but India Is Drafting New Laws To...

Surging sales of health wearables in India have triggered concerns about individual data security. A set of new laws aims to allay these.