Every act of government is also an act of violence

Every act of government is also an act of violence

There was outrage on Twitter this week when it was revealed that the Union government had spent Rs 4,880 crores since 2014 on government advertising. The outrage is justified — but it is not enough. It is not just this amount or this use of government money that we should question, but the whole concept of government spending. And indeed, government action. We in India seem to think of the […]

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Jhappis in jail: This NGO unites inmates with their children

Jhappis in jail: This NGO unites inmates with their children

Raman Pandit was around five when his father was whisked away to jail. He would probably have never met him had it not been for the persistent visits of some NGO workers to Raman’s boarding school on behalf of a pining Pandit. They finally arranged a meeting when the elder Pandit came out on parole eight years later. To the young boy, this emaciated stranger — who embarrassed him with […]

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‘If only Hindus are natural citizens, it is a blow to India’s idea of citizenship‘

‘If only Hindus are natural citizens, it is a blow to India’s idea of citizenship‘

Who belongs in India, and who does India belong to? Political theorist Niraja Gopal Jayal, author of ‘Citizenship and its Discontents: An Indian History’, speaks to Amulya Gopalakrishnan about how our foundational principles of citizenship are being undermined What do you think of the discourse around Assam’s , and what it means for the concept of Indian citizenship? It seems to me that we are moving towards a situation in […]

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Where women can laugh at bedroom and bra jokes

Where women can laugh at bedroom and bra jokes

Women-only create a safe space for female comedians and audiences to laugh out loud Until recently, Deepika Mhatre’s days were packed with a range of jobs: selling jewellery on Mumbai’s local trains in the morning, cooking at various houses, hawking achaar and papad door to door, and babysitting young kids. Last year, comedian Aditi Mittal spotted her natural comic flair and helped her write a set and work on her […]

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