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Of young love in small town India

A few weeks back, one was on a research project in small-town North India and not surprisingly found that while like most other parts of India, it was seeing some signs of change, gender certainly wasn’t one of those areas. Attitudes continue to be fixed, and the space granted to young girls, in particular, continue… Read more »

The 2019 Battlelines?

The countdown to 2019 has begun. The BJP kicked off its campaign, with a new tagline and a flurry of newspaper ads. The Opposition put on a show of strength and bonhomie at the swearing-in of H D Kumaraswamy, signalling a resolve to fight the BJP together. The recent CSDS ‘mood of the nation’ survey… Read more »

The Karnataka Challenge?

Karnataka is poised for a tight finish, if current indications are correct. Of late, election results have been so unpredictable that making any statement about the eventual outcome has become both risky and meaningless. But there is an aspect to this election that needs to be noted, regardless of the outcome- the emergence of Siddaramaiah… Read more »

Coming On Too Strong?

The BJP understands the power of demonstrating strength. The Modi-Shah approach is that of strength applied strongly. The power distance between its top duo and everybody else, the ability to take decisions without having to worry too much about appeasing factions, the ease with which it takes risks and the big bets it places, the… Read more »

The power of the government Job

The numbers are staggering. 23 lakh applicants for 368 peon’s jobs in UP, 25 lakh vying for 6000 Group D jobs in Bengal, 25 million applications for 90,000 jobs in the Railways, 2 lakh for 1137 vacancies for the post of police constables in Maharashtra. At one level, these numbers from the last few years… Read more »

Your Outrage or Mine?

It should have been easy to be horrified. The nature of the crimes made it so. Between Kathua and Unnao, the very worst that humanity is capable of was on display. Being repelled should have been a visceral reaction, one that took no conscious effort. Instead, we saw a spectacle of a grotesque kind, one… Read more »