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The caste of Karnatic music

An untold history of mrdangam makers.

| Jul 07, 2020

Reframing the Dalit experience

A new photobook on Dalits in Nepal brings out previously unheard voices and unseen visions.

| Aug 22, 2019

Young rebellions

A new book chronicles the recent wave of youth movements in India against ascendant Hindutva and neoliberalism.

| Jul 22, 2019

The pursuit of the Southasian past

Moving beyond the colonial-era understanding of the history of the Subcontinent gives us a whole new way of looking at the Subcontinent´s past. This now includes not just the usual explorations of politics and economy, …

| Aug 30, 2016

Questioning Sairat’s politics

The caste and gender dynamics of Nagraj Manjule’s ‘Sairat’.

| Jul 25, 2016

On how to be a woman

How the missing sindoor in my hair provoked unwelcome attention from a complete stranger

| Dec 29, 2015

The roots of Dalit rage

The symbolism of Dalit politics is a tactical response to the threat of violence lurking beneath the surface of Indian democracy.

| Apr 06, 2015

The stolen good

FICTION

| Mar 15, 2015

Caste, class and the politics of disillusionment

For caste-based parties to remain viable, an agenda of substantive equality and redistributive justice is needed.

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Nepal’s Ramayanas

The study of myths and histories in Southasia needs to transcend modern political boundaries.

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On the chronic failures of criminal justice in Sri Lanka.

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One year after the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, a selection of articles on the region.

The ‘note’ economy

A brief history of English-literature exams in contemporary India.