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Hugo Chavez: A Tribute

A tribute to Chavez and his Venezuela based on a visit to the country in 2011.

Dance Bar Girls and the Feminist's Dilemma

If many feminists are likely to opt for the rehabilitation option in the case of dance bar girls it is because of the understanding that exploitation can exist, even in the absence of unfair wages and physical violence. At the same time it is also important to refute the Maharashtra government's depiction of the dance bar as a pornographic site of vice and corruption. It is possible for us to conceive of a new dance bar phenomenon with mixed - gender-wise - dancers and clientele, as well as a wider pattern of ownership, which is likely to make us rethink the relation between freedom of expression, sexual freedom and equality.

Personal Laws and Public Memory

The tussle between the state and the personal laws has been on for sometime now among both the Hindus and Muslims. But the representatives of neither community are very clear about the kind of reforms that can be undertaken in their personal laws. This is because of a collusion of complex factors such as patriarchy and religion. This article makes an interesting comparison between the Shah Bano case of the mid-1980s and the Rakhmabai case of a century ago and tries to explore the possibility of reforms in personal laws of both the communities.

Questions of Culture

Questions of Culture Human Development Report 2004: Cultural Liberty in Today

French Secularism, Headscarves, and Indian Schoolchildren

This essay examines the headscarf controversy as an illustration of the struggle between those modernist analysts who push the limits of the possible, and those postmodernists who push the limits of the impossible, as well as of the anthropological reformulation of the political theory of secularism.

The Teacher in the Time of Patriotism

It is important today to move from a position of viewing the Indian nation in monolithic terms of 'one people, one culture' to a position that recognises India's historically great diversity and generously makes space for reasonable doctrines and theories to coexist. How this translates as 'value education' in schools is the theme of this essay.

Left-liberalism and Caste Politics

Whether it is dalit politics or feminist struggles, more and more analysts are focusing on the realm of embodied experience involving groups rather than on abstract rationalist theory involving individuals. The obvious question is: can communities, like caste groups, be viewed as legitimate categories within the framework of liberal modernity? This essay explores the idea that group-centred 'embodied experience' may be no more than a phantom category. The emergence of this third category in order to bypass the tradition-modernity or communalism-secularism dyad, may turn out to be without much substance.

John Rawls (1921-2002)

The irony of the Rawlsian legacy is that the difference principle has aroused the maximum interest in precisely those countries where social welfare policies have been the most developed - whereas in developing and more economically backward countries, like India, this aspect of Rawls's early work has been virtually ignored. The Indian political scientist's implicit refusal to engage with the most exciting part of the Rawlsian framework has left the discipline of political science itself in India the poorer for it.

Is There an Ethical Basis for Capital Punishment

Is There an Ethical Basis for Capital Punishment?
Nalini Rajan A FEW months ago, the Doordarshan's national network featured a talk show on capital punishment. What was remarkable about the discussion was that, except for one well known male academic, the other members of the panel as well as the majority of the audience in the studio were in favour of capital punishment. I would like to examine here the reasons why opposition to this practice is riddled with difficulty.

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