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Pandemic, Protests, and Workers: India and Sri Lanka Considered

The climate of protest currently characterising India and Sri Lanka continues to receive staccato scholarly attention with barely any attempt to peak into either contemporary history or significant workers’ participation by way of explanation. Both regimes have pushed the pandemic as the proximate reason for the economic downturn in their countries even though the individual national trajectories have been vastly different. Our attempt is to evaluate the recent spate of public protests in both locations as continuities in public response to the larger injustices of policy that have characterised these contexts. While we do not do an explicit comparison, the presence of a few factors that offer some similarities in understanding the contemporary scenario in both locations have been mobilised in this effort. In doing so, we take a longer view of workers who have also been part of the protesting public but have rarely been acknowledged as such.

Citizenship and Women’s Agency

Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India by Natasha Behl, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xi + 172, price not indicated.


Interrogating Method in Interdisciplinary Times

Knowing the Social World: Perspectives and Possibilities edited by N Jayaram, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2017; pp xvii + 434, price not indicated.

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