Politicisation of Education in India

Kanhaiya As Marx had argued, the base and superstructure are two interlinked concepts, with the superstructure growing out of the base. Base, here refers to the productive forces, or the materials and resources, that generate the goods society needs. French theorist Louis Althusser in Ideology and the State (1970), expands this idea and explores the…

Decolonization or Where do we go from Here?

Atreyee Majumder Click here to read Part 1 A strong call for decolonization of social sciences like sociology and cultural anthropology have come from Eve Tuck and K Wayne Yang who write from the point of view of sovereignty of Native American communities in the context of North American settler colonialism and anthropology’s collusion in…

On Decolonization: Scattered Speculations on the Indian University

Atreyee Majumder I have spent the last two decades almost continuously inside universities – some in North America, some in India. Universities are like good headphones, the noise-cancelling ones that consistently drown out  the turbulent world outside its boundary walls. Universities have taught me to read, think, argue, imagine, and most importantly, write. Universities have also…

Caste-away: Caste-based Residential Segregation and the Case of Bengaluru

BALA PANCHANATHAN Caste is an unwritten compendium of rigid social structures that includes a network of hierarchies, segmentation and segregation (Ghurye 1969 in Bharathi et al 2019). It is beyond a social evil in India— it is a state of mind and a way of life. Spatial segregation and discrimination have been basic aspects of…

Soliloquies of Collectives: Community-led mobilization in Urban Slums of Bengaluru

ANSHUL RAI SHARMA Hagiographies of local action have become commonplace in post-COVID mobilization studies (Laochankham, 2021). They focus on how the local actors can serve the needs of people, more importantly, the needs of the crisis moment in places where the welfare services of the State are ineffective or absent. These have failed in two ways: in…