Conserving Coastal Commons through Panchayati Raj Institutions

Mohammed Mushkoh Ramish Commons are typically understood to be resources or spaces that are open and accessible to all members of a community. Unlike private property which is characterised by individual ownership, rent and exclusivity of use, commons are communally “owned” and governed by communities that have traditionally used them. Fields, pastures, and ponds, as…

Understanding Spatial Inequalities in Mumbai: From Colonial India to the Present Day

CHAITANYA BHAT The largest factor causing Mumbai to become one of the world’s biggest cities is widely accepted to be its location on the Indian peninsula, with the presence of a deep and sheltered harbour. The erstwhile seven islands evolved from being outposts for fishing villages on the mainland to being the buzzing metropolis that…

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…