ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor

The paper places an incident of violent displacement of an iterant tea vendor, by the security of Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, in Henri Lefebvre’s three-headed dialectic of the production of space. It traces the first two of the three heads of Lefebvre’s dialectic; the production of material reality (perceived space/spatial practices), the production of knowledge (conceived space/representations of space) and the production of meaning (lived space/spaces of representation). The continued proliferation of informal businesses at the corridor shows the limitations of the plans conceived by the state and the role of the dialectical conflict in the production of all three aspects of the space.

The Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Capitalist Landscape in India

The conceptual delineation of “spatial compression” in critical writings of Karl Marx and David Harvey is mapped to explain how contemporary capitalist practices use “time” creatively to overcome the spatial constraints to profit-making. The insights drawn from the discussions are used to examine the rapid expansion of Amazon India, primarily achieved through its network of warehouses—a spatial construct. Thus the tangible manifestations of restructuring time and space in the present-day capitalist landscape of India are analysed.

(Non)Humanising the Home in the Anthropocene

The concept of home is revisited in the context of the pandemic to ask whether we can think about other species and their habitats in the Anthropocene. By weaving instances from literature, where the idea of home has served as a critical philosophical and cathartic plot point, with phenomenological readings of home, this article asks how the pandemic may help us reimagine home in its many resonances of shelter, sanctuary, house, bunker, and community. How does the pandemic modify and have an impact on the various inflections of home?

 

Women from Outside

Selfing the City: Single Women Migrants and Their Lives in Kolkata by Ipshita Chanda, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2017; pp xi + 323, 995.

Bringing Space Alive

Doreen Massey (1944-2016), the feminist geographer who passed away recently, rued that space was always treated like a residual category in the social sciences. The time has come to engage with her multidimensional oeuvre and reclaim space as a strictly political category.

Leadership in Science and Technology

The evolution and development of science and technology institutions in India, involving some of the visionaries and pioneers of scientific development, have thrown up a wide range of experiences. This aricle traces in a historical perspctive the evolution of leadership styles in this area. The study provides some pointers for the development of an effective leadership style. Innovative organisations, such as those in science and technology, require strong personalised leadership. To develop institutions, it is important to place an individual at the centre of institution-building efforts. Leadership actions have to nurture trust, and create interactions within and outside an organisation. Importantly, leadership qualities cannot be acquired 'on the job'. They have to be developed and honed through participation in formal training programmes.

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