Socio-cultural

Assam Farmers

Demographic changes and illegal migration in Assam

February 14, 2019

Assam and parts of the Northeast India shut down on January 8, 2019 over the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.  The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955,  to grant citizenship to non Muslims including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who came to India on or before December 31, 2014 […]

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Indian republic

Revisiting 26th January, 1950- by Bidisha Bhattacharya

January 26, 2019

This is the third instalment of “Raj to Republic” series being published on the occasion of 70th Republic Day, in collaboration with Bidisha Bhattacharya, member Political Intelligence Unit, I-PAC and former consultant to 15th Finance Commission. July 19th, 1947, at 4 o’clock on Friday evening, the Royal Assent was given to the Indian Independence Bill. […]

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Colonial Chennai

Farewell to the “Honourable” Carmichael -The first solemn protest that India came together for

January 25, 2019

November 14th, 1883, the day when not only revolutionaries but also the citizens and newspapers vehemently opposed a farewell party to Mr. D.F.Carmichael, member of the Madras Governor’s Executive Council still haunts my mind every time I turn back the pages. When the people were initially told that such a proposal was entertained by one […]

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The Public Economist Gold Mohur

Remedy -the period when Britain was drowning and India was kept waiting

January 24, 2019

I still recall the good old days, when my father post-afternoon meal would sit with his cigar lit, on the wooden rocking chair and narrate me stories about India. A man whose family had witnessed the perils of partition and who had and still possess the vast expanse of knowledge that nobody could ever possibly match; […]

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Book Review: The Country of First Boys by Amartya Sen

January 14, 2019

Do you ever look at the calendar on the table and wonder about it? Or do you just look for the date/s and continue with your work? Probably the latter because that is what calendars are for, right?  DD/MM/YY (or whichever format is suitable). But what if the Professor of Economics and Philosophy from Harvard […]

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The Gundlakamma Reservoir Conundrum -a story that narrates about the “behind the scenes” audience

January 14, 2019

Andhra Pradesh, the south-eastern part of the subcontinent, had taken up the ambitious decision to construct the Gundlakamma Reservoir in 2004 in the Prakasam District which was one out of the 74 irrigation projects taken up by the state government for its quick completion within two years. The project envisaged irrigating 80,060 acres and supplying […]

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The Economics of Dissent

December 20, 2018

To anyone vaguely in-touch with the social affairs currently, the words ‘dissent’, ‘protest’, ‘opposition’ and the likes would seem oddly familiar. Activism, it seems, has joined the ranks of hot topics like religion and politics that dominate tea-time discussions. As you glanced through the morning newspaper the other day, did it seem evidently distinguishable that […]

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UBI

Poverty can become a thing of past in India

December 12, 2018

Poverty is both the cause and consequence of deep rooted socio- economic problems. Eradicating poverty remains a global challenge and demands a comprehensive and collective approach that recognises the multi-faceted and multidimensional nature of the issue. The United Nations deemed that the first Sustainable Development Goal (SGD1) is to end poverty in all its forms, […]

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The storm after the flood: Sabarimala protests and the misplaced priorities of Kerala

November 21, 2018

There are thirteen ways to look at a blackbird, the poet Wallace Stevens once said. There are different lenses through which one can examine the ongoing protests at Sabarimala that emerged after the Supreme Court verdict lifting the age-restrictions on women for temple entry. The author tries to extract and present the different themes that […]

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