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…

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…

Panchami Land: Where Social Justice Stays Buried

Tamil Nadu was first witness to land reforms in favour of dalits towards the end of 19th century when the British government came out with orders for Panchami Land. Thereafter, land reforms have been carried out in favour of Dalits in independent India as well. Despite these measures, why has this marginalised community continued to remain overwhelmingly landless? A product of over a month spent on field in Tamil Nadu, this piece by Mathur systematically untangles the foregoing question by comprehensively problemitising the situation of Panchami land.

Effective Tackling of Micronutrient Deficiency Through Kitchen Gardens

Melghat, in Maharashtra suffers from chronic malnutrition stemming out of micronutrient deficiency. In this policy memo Prutha Pandharkame suggests the use of Kitchen Gardens as a way to tackle micronutrient deficiency.