Nearly a Third of India’s Adivasis Fear Being Framed for Maoist Activities, Finds Study

A substantial chunk of India’s marginalised population harbours fears of being falsely implicated in anti-state Maoist activities as well as petty crimes – a feeling only reinforced by the recent arrests in... Read more »

India rejects UN report on human rights in J&K

India on Thursday rejected as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated” the first ever report on human rights in Kashmir released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (OHCHR). “India rejects... Read more »

Dalits Groups to Plan Nationwide Protest Against Centre’s Lateral Entry Announcement

Dalit groups have called for a nationwide protest against the Narendra Modi government’s decision to open joint secretary-level positions to lateral entry. According to the Times of India, this protest may occur... Read more »

Rahul condoles Dalit Scientist-farmer’s death, Decries Apathy

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday decried the nation’s apathy towards the achievements of a Dalit farmer who had developed the HMT variety of paddy but died unsung and in poverty. “Dadaji... Read more »

India changed in the 1990s and the cultural milieu changed with it

The cities of Bombay (Mumbai), Madras (Chennai) and Calcutta (Kolkata) had deep cultural roots and urbanised commerce and industry even during the colonial period, possibly because a diversified and robust economy is... Read more »

Lessons from Karnataka: Bank on social issues, leverage traditional and modern media platforms

The drama revolving around the Karnataka state elections refuses to fade away. The assembly election results were not able to provide a clear mandate to any party. The BJP emerged as the... Read more »

Policy clarity needed to allay fears over privatisation

Public opinion on privatisation ranges from proponents who say it increases efficiency to opponents to fear it will lead to higher charges. As we evaluate potential policies regarding privatisation in India, it... Read more »

Global perception of India has taken a beating (Shifting Sands of Culture series)

For a decade and a half now I’ve been a tireless advocate of India’s soft power, arguing that in the information age, it is not the side with the bigger army that... Read more »

Corruption: India’s Worst Curse

India’s eager quest for economic dynamism has been severely stifled by chronic corruption. The country needs to urgently modernize its institutions and end the culture of rent seeking and cutting corners if... Read more »

My Grandmother called ‘Kochadima’ (Little Slave) and Kerala’s ‘Glorified’ history.

Name of my father’s mother was ‘Kochadima’ (Little Slave). I was ashamed to say my grandmother’s name. I used to think who will give a name like ‘Little Slave’ to a person.... Read more »