How to Get Away with Any Kind of Reporting in India

What follows is a response, partly visceral, to NYT's piece How To Get Away With Murder in Small-Town India by its India bureau chief Ellen Barry, this week. It isn't a personal attack on Ellen Barry. The piece is very well written and would hold for me as a sample of impactful writing,  It is also … Continue reading How to Get Away with Any Kind of Reporting in India

Workers of the world can’t unite: May Day in neo-liberal times

Walking with workers on May Day morning was a humbling experience. Workers' unions from various establishments across the state showed up for May Day rally at the Town Hall yesterday. I was also filling up the last of my field trips for masters' thesis. So, this also comes from my field notes. The roads in … Continue reading Workers of the world can’t unite: May Day in neo-liberal times

Reading Foucault & thinking college activism

This has been in the making for several years now - trying to identify the causal chain from ideas to action, especially since the first reading of Foucault. The ongoing trouble in colleges and universities of Delhi presents a case to reflect upon this causal chain. There comes a phase in student life when encounters … Continue reading Reading Foucault & thinking college activism

Explorations in Marxist social theory & a book review

This one will be a longer post than usual, but delights me especially because I could manage to get a somewhat minimal sense of the range of thoughts and ideas in the Marxist lineage, which has been a long going effort. The post includes a discussion of a clutch of the thinkers in a rather … Continue reading Explorations in Marxist social theory & a book review

Knowledge of the past before us – History & Methodology

(For Isha) This morning, Romila Thapar, Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University delivered a talk on Knowledge of the past before us, at IISc. Having bought her recently published book The Past as Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History I was interested in her views on the methodological aspects of knowledge production. Also, that she … Continue reading Knowledge of the past before us – History & Methodology

Awadh Punch: India’s Charlie Hebdo of Past

This was brewing for sometime now, with last evening's conversation with an art historian bringing it all to a churn. Turns out that her father wrote for the legendary Awadh Punch, a satirical Urdu weekly published from Lucknow, which began in 1877. It was edited by Munshi Sajjad Hussain. Recollecting stories of the post-independence days in India, … Continue reading Awadh Punch: India’s Charlie Hebdo of Past