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Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Rural Citizens are the steering pillars of democracy: Aruna Roy

To deepen democracy, it is necessary for people to understand the real meaning of governance, remarked renowned social activist and former National Advisory Council member...

Neoliberalism a threat to Democracy: P Sainath

Neoliberalism can undermine democracy severely, said P Sainath, the Rural Affairs Editor of  The Hindu. Growing inequality is the biggest problem faced by India....

National seminar on State , Democracy and Governance: Landscaping National and International Politics

The Association of Political Scientists Kerala is holding a national seminar on State , Democracy and Governance: Landscaping National and International Politics at Seminar Hall, Government...

Oh! Bearded man – J.T. Jayasingh

I know you, you bearded I have been groaning with extreme pain since 2am. Perhaps it was not the mistake of the lorry driver. All...

Revival

“The Phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spire; revice from ashes and rise” – Miguel de...

The Emergence of a New Indian Identity in Chetan Bhagat ‘s Works – S. Sivanandan, Tamilnadu

Trends in Literature Literature mirrors life, so goes the adage .    Literary forms have always been the medium of  expression of the success of the...

A bond between mother and son – A Book Review on Emma Donoghue’s novel ‘Room’ by Dr Vishal Tayade,

 Room, the multi-awarded novel by Emma Donoghue is one of the most pleasurable books I have read in recent past. It’s really a great...

Exploring Models of Femininity in Women’s Writings – By Uplabdhi Sangwan, New Delhi

Bama’s Karukku (1992), Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors (1980) and Nayantara Sahgal’s Rich Like Us (1985)  depict stories set in  three widely...
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Resurrection

i have arrived at my altar. hark! i rise, i flourish, i pirouette on my one toe and float like a...

Stalking Prisons

The streets are empty with no one in sight, I check the big clock of the tower behind the basilic of Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s 2 o’clock on a mid-summer Tuesday afternoon. Everything’s shut. Everyone’s resting. My heart’s hitting the walls of its all so tight ribcage, as I need to cross the brightly lit square and go to the other side.

Revisiting Ambedkar’s Vision of ‘United States of India’: Can It Stand as Modern India’s Viable Alternative?

In April 2020, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor waded into the debate, arguing that a Presidential system would prevent the “one-man show” that the Indian system has evolved into. The proponents of this line of thought also cite the United States' (relative) political stability as one of the key reasons to support their argument. The proposal challenges the Indian Constitution’s “Basic structure doctrine” decided by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharathi case. However, this requires further examination: a Presidential form of government might fix some of India’s political gridlock, but it may also open Pandora’s Box, releasing a whole wake of issues in its place. This includes a politically biased Supreme Court and horse-trading of MPs on a scale unheard in Indian politics.

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Reviewing ‘Obsession and Wild Pigeon’ by Ismat Chughtai

My interest in Ismat Chughtai developed when I first...