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Banning books – Part II

Of the 100 books recently banned by the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board, 65 are from the discipline of social studies. A majority of these books are banned on issues…

As India Slides Into Majoritarianism

As India slides into majoritarianism

In the wake of the international fallout over deadly anti-Muslim riots in Delhi– following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act–- the UN rights chief has moved the Indian Supreme Court…

Imperative for national narrative

The vulnerability of Pakistan to terrorism continues to remain high at least in the medium term in view of the multiplicity of factors including the potential radicalization of wide range…

Delhi ‘HIV’ virus

While the world is obsessed with coronavirus another deadlier virus is spreading fast in the region. This virus is a lethal virus and has the capacity of being more devastating…

Moving Towards An Ecological State

Moving towards an ecological state

Five hundred years ago, in the days of big empires, one would look like a political idealist or even an idiot to assert the need for a nation-state. What was…

A Beacon Of Hope

A beacon of hope

The pernicious tentacles of blind hate seem to have been engulfing all of Indian society.The dream of Nehruvian democracy stands shattered. The pillars of secularism and humanism that characterise the…

Hooligans in high professions

A GOONDA (hooligan) is usually imagined as a crude, violent, and poorly educated man. A smartly dressed black-coated young man boasting a law degree and earning a good income doesn’t seem to…

Politics, Ecology And The Nation-state

Politics, ecology and the nation-state

The postcolonial nation-state, from Africa to Asia, is an artificial geographical division of landmass which has not only divided the people but has also divided their history, culture, livelihood and…

Books On The Highway: Part – I

Books on the highway: Part – I

As we were moving from Tharparkar to Hyderabad, colleagues from Thardeep (a rural support organisation) stopped for tea near Mirpurkhas. And there it was – Vanjara Café with a small…

Marx And The End Of Orientalism

Marx and the end of orientalism

In ‘Marx and the End of Orientalism’, Bryan S Turner has critically explored the inherent theoretical flaws of both the traditional sociological approach and the Hegelian/Marxist approach. This book is…