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 [...]

Indian sociology, if there is one

Last week was spent in listening to some of the best Indian minds in sociology during NIAS's annual seminar on nation, community and citizenship in contemporary India. It was also a fitting tribute to M N Srinivas in whose honour a panel discussion was organized. The discussions seemed in-line with his own way - stress-testing concepts and [...]

Returning Indians

Both, Hemingway and Virginia Woolf insisted that one ought not to judge. Describe, not opine, they suggest. I try. Then, sometimes a surge of thoughts make things go haywire. An instance - the range of views that Indians returning to India dole out as they make their way back. Lately, I have come across quite [...]

Quick Take: Policy as the new law

Is policy the new law? The quick take here pursues this question. The observation appears to hold ground considering the manner in which important decisions are made and implemented by governments worldwide, although this applies more to democracies than other forms of political systems. There is an increasing preference to policy making over law making. This [...]