The Rise of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its Influence on Democracy: A Systemic Analysis of the Causal Interlinkages between the Two

Shubhankar P The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought about progress. Charles Kettering These words by Kettering (1959) are still relevant today, particularly in the context of our ever-changing conception of democracy, and technology as an agent driving this process. Democracy, like any other social system, needs to innovate…

The Politics of Bahujan Samaj Party: Analysing the Impediments to Delivering Long Term Welfare

Sourav Das The framers of the Constitution, aware of the historical injustices of the caste system, included provisions in the form of reservations to ensure proportional representation in political institutions of Scheduled Castes (SCs) at various levels like the Lok Sabha, State legislatures, panchayats, and municipalities[1]. The aspirations of SCs for political representation had been…

Secessionism and the State: A Question of Legitimacy

VAISHNAVI BHASKAR India is no stranger to secessionist sentiments. Since its very nascence, India has borne witness to various regional movements rallying for the right to self-determination and independence from the Republic. Given the sheer size and diversity of the Indian populous, it has been a consistent balancing act for the Indian state to address…

The Changing Electoral Logic of Caste: The Case of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh

ARCHIT BHAT This article attempts to explore the various caste-based electoral strategies that aided the rise (and fall) of BSP in Uttar Pradesh (UP). It also seeks to understand whether the aforementioned strategies have led to a dilution of the party’s original goals. Lastly, it attempts to delineate a possible alternate vision for the future…

Gender (In)Equality in India: Analysing Maternity Benefits and Parental Leaves

Saumya Dubey Abstract In 2017, the Parliament of India passed The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act (MB Act hereafter) which increased the paid leave for expecting mothers from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. The seemingly progressive move, on closer scrutiny, reveals an undercurrent of acceptance for the ‘gendered division of labour’ in society and appears to…