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The Language of Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi's oratory captivates his audience. A demagogue's agenda is facilitated via language, which becomes a site of power and violence in the political public sphere. This article looks at Modi's emotionally-charged speeches which are emblematic of his larger political language.

Women on Campus: Negotiating Spaces and Silences

Disciplining and surveillance are some of the ways in which universities have responded to women's needs and desires to enter public spaces in and around campuses. At the Aligarh Muslim University Women's College, students have been forced to demand that they be allowed into the main university library and also that the university lift oppressive hostel rules. The academic institution almost becomes an extension of the conservative household and demonstrates a paternalistic notion of protection that reinforces moral policing.

A 'Samvad' with Ramachandra Guha

This comment on Ramachandra Guha's essay (June 28, 2008) explores the significance of oral narratives in modern Indian history and argues that in more than one way orally transmitted testimonies tend to resist historical eventuality, the one based on time-bound bloated facts and events. They may work across time, offering us a perspective of multiple possibilities.

Partition and Many Nationalisms

For long 'secular' vs 'communal' and 'national' vs 'communal' have been used in our nation's official history. To contextualise these terms might mean to dispassionately understand the politics of labels, stereotyping and castigation that shapes our narratives of nationalism. Sadly, narratives of nationalisms, inclusive or exclusivist, have permeated people's cultural and political consciousness at the expense of tolerance, dignity and equality in everyday lives.

Haryana: Resounding Verdict

The defeat of Om Prakash Chautala and the INLD in Haryana was a combination of several factors. The jats, a core constituent of the INLD, deserted the party in droves. Dalit hostility and assertiveness displayed by women who make up nearly half the electorate also worked against the INLD. The vote against Chautala was also a verdict against the politics of corruption and absent development that had become legitimised in the years of the INLD?s rule.

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