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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.

Feminisms, Not Feminism: Towards a Pluralistic Movement for Gender Equality

The longstanding movement for gender equality has always had many socio-political strands. Without recognising them, feminism cannot truly flourish.

Democracy: A Scientific Perspective

Natures loves entropy (disorder). Democratic systems go against that to reduce entropy and bring stability to otherwise disordered social orders.

Pakistan Has a Love-Hate Relationship With Buddhism, and Its Flaring up Again

The Pakistani state has used Buddhism to not just consolidate its own national identity as opposed to India's, but also to build bridges with Southeast Asian nations. At the same time, Buddhist heritage in the country continues face ruin and vandalism.

Neither Mischievous, Nor Superfluous: How the Role of India’s Upper House Stands Sabotaged

The BJP-led government, through a host of dubious legislative acts, has subverted the scrutinising powers of the Rajya Sabha on various occasions.

“And When Did The Kindness End?”

Two poems - "The Moplah Speaks of Rivers" and "The Country of Infidel Airplanes"

In the Land of Selective Solidarities

When police arrested Arnab Goswami, the BJP government and many from his home state of Assam rallied behind him. Such solidarities were missing when activists like Akhil Gogoi and Sharjeel Imam were thrown into jail.

How Indian Academia Is Colonising Indonesia

Thanks to shared cultural-historical affinities, Indian academics have found a second home in Indonesia for ethnographic and anthropological studies. But their lenses remain tinted.

The Hindutva Bogey of ‘Love Jihad’ Can Only Be Countered by More Love

'Love jihad' is nothing more than an anti-Muslim, anti-secular and anti-love Hindutva movement. The response to that must be even greater emphasis on inter-faith relationships.

How Urban India Practices a Subtler, But Equally Toxic, Form of Female Foeticide

Urban Indians might not be terminating female foetuses, but their attitude towards girl children remains grossly regressive.