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Fifty Years of Lucy, the Marvellous Ancestor

Dr. Chandrabhan P Yadav

June 20, 2024

[Co-author: Surbhi Vatsa] Excerpt: “The Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University is celebrating this year as a ‘Year of Human Origins’ because 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of ‘Lucy’. The…

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Ambiguous Identity and Uncertain Belonging: Assessing the Lives of Undocumented Brihannalas in the Backdrop of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Aniket Nandan

June 16, 2024

[Co-author: Swarupa Deb] This study explores the predicament faced by the undocumented Brihannala community in the north-eastern state of Tripura, India, in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, foregrounding their gender non-conforming identity and the…

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Only a Politics of Love Can Counter a Culture of Hate

Dr. Salmoli Choudhuri

June 10, 2024

[Co-authored by Moiz Tundawala] What we are up against today is hatred that, if not checked, will consume the entire body politic.

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Women Voters and the Illusion of Choice

Dr. Debangana Chatterjee

June 10, 2024

A record turnout of women voters in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections notwithstanding, the voting narratives across India remain gendered.

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The Ilaiyaraaja Copyright Dispute Points to Issues Lyricists, Music Composers Face in India

Dr. Arul George Scaria

June 4, 2024

Excerpt: “The first notice was sent to Sun Pictures for using the song “Va Va Pakkam Va”, composed by Ilaiyaraaja for the 1983 movie Thanga Magan, without his permission in the teaser of the upcoming…

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Community Bonding, and How it Has Changed in the Past 50 Years

Dr. Nigam Nuggehalli

June 3, 2024

Excerpt: “Every generation has its community engagements that nourishes it. We had single screen cinemas, you will have your ways of bonding with strangers, and hopefully not only on social media”

Review

Achille Mbembe, ‘Brutalism’

Dr. Atreyee Majumder

May 29, 2024

Book Review: Achille Mbembe, Brutalism (Duke University Press 2024)

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Why More Strict Compliance Is Not Enough to Avoid Tragedies Like Rajkot and Delhi Fires

Dr. Sushmita Pati

May 29, 2024

Excerpt: ‘Fires in cities are more common than we think. We see these massive fires that claim several lives as few and far between. The gruesome cases in Rajkot and Delhi recently, following one after…

Book

Imperfect Alternatives: Economic Evidence in Indian Regulatory Landscape

Rahul Singh

May 26, 2024

Book Review: Despoina Mantzari, Courts, Regulators, and the Scrutiny of Economic Evidence – Comparative Perspectives (1st edn, Oxford Univerisity Press 2022).

Review

Mumbai/Bombay: Majoritarian Neoliberalism, Informality, Resistance, and Wellbeing

Dr. Sushmita Pati

May 16, 2024

Mumbai/Bombay: Majoritarian Neoliberalism, Informality, Resistance, and Wellbeing,” edited by Sujata Patel, D. Parthasarathy, and George Jose, explores the intersection of neoliberal capitalism and Hindu majoritarianism in shaping Mumbai. The book highlights the resulting socio-economic inequalities,…

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Speaking the Same Language: How Ethnonationalism and Hindutva Seep into the Adjudication of Citizenship in Assam

Padmini Baruah

May 15, 2024

“In the border state of Assam, questions of security, identity and citizenship have long shaped its politics.” This essay focuses on the evolving jurisprudence of citizenship in the Indian border state of Assam. The author…

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Protection of Stakeholders’ Interests in the Indian Corporate Landscape: Examining the ‘Ifs and Buts’

Dr. Sudhanshu Kumar

May 14, 2024

[Co-authored with Alok Verma] In the last decade, the Indian corporate landscape has undergone a significant transformation, particularly in terms of establishing rights that benefit stakeholders. These reforms are said to prioritize the interests of…