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Tags: Capitalism, Colonialism, Dalit, Democracy, GPD, Imperialism, Indian Nationalism, IPTA, Jyotiba Phule, Left politics, Maharashtra, Pakistan, patriarchy, regional history, Theatre, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Vinoba Bhave
Categories : Book Review, Colonialism, EPW, History, India, Marxism and Marxists, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Pop goes the Culture, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation
G P Deshpande, The World of Ideas in Modern Marathi: Phule, Vinoba, Savarkar, Tulika, New Delhi, 2009, pp. 120. Rs. 240.
G P Deshpande, Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays, Thema, Kolkata, 2009, pp. 127, Rs. 150. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: BRT, Bus, Car, City, David Harvey, Democracy, Nano, Public Transport
Categories : Energy and Environment, EPW, Politics, Pop goes the Culture
This is the draft of the edit I wrote for the EPW issue dated 04-11 April, 2009.
[The political role of the small car is as important as its environmental impact] Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: national award, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shree, Padma Vibhushan
Categories : EPW, Politics, Pop goes the Culture
Should the Indian State continue to confer national awards that have been devalued by lobbying and favouritism?
The following is the text of the draft I wrote for the EPW edit on this topic. The final edit can be read here. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: marriage, monogamy, nag, patriarchy, wife
Categories : History, Pop goes the Culture, The Post Column, Wo/Men, Feminism, Gender
The nagging wife is the universal villain of married life. From the earliest pages of human history there is perhaps no literature and folk tradition where the character of the nagging wife is not found widely. Along with the sacrificing mother, forsaken lover, tragic hero and evil lord, the nagging wife will be found in all societies and cultures at all times in history. Even in today’s world, irrespective of the differences of race, wealth, religion, culture, language and social reform, the character of the nagging wife is universal. She keeps popping up in jokes, films, songs, novels and other cultural cultural creations.
Socrates, the famous Greek philosopher, is supposed to have had a nagging wife who drove him to spend his time in the city squares and gymnasia, much to the benefit of philosophy. The figure of the nagging wife finds mention in the Bible, (indirectly) in the Quran and is a crucial moment in the story of the Ramayana. She is to be found in renassaince Italy, in medieval England, on the expanding border of America’s “wild west”, in the bedrooms of colonial India and in the sit-coms of post-modern Europe. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Capitalism, China, cultural revolution, Femicide, Feudal Mentalite, girl child, India, Missing Women, patriarchy, primitive accumulation
Categories : Demography, India - Pakistan, Marxism and Marxists, Politics, Pop goes the Culture, The Post Column, Wo/Men, Feminism, Gender
In the past two weeks, this column has tried to understand why is it that China and South Asia (historical India) account for a 92 million out of the 100 million “missing women” of the world. Patriarchy is common to all historical societies yet it is the civilisations of these two regions which have developed this ghastly tradition and not others. While the reasons may be numerous, it seems that there was something common in particular forms of feudal culture which developed in these two civilisations which have promoted this particularly vicious and murderous form of patriarchy. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Capitalism, China, Femicide, Feudal Mentalite, India, Missing Women, sex ratio
Categories : Demography, History, India - Pakistan, Pop goes the Culture, The Post Column, Wo/Men, Feminism, Gender
Last week this column had spoken about the fact that there are about 100 million women less on this earth than there should be. Women who are “missing” since they are aborted, burnt, starved and neglected to death by families who prefer sons to daughters. This column had also identified the countries of South Asia, East Asia, West Asia and Saharan Africa as the main regions which were missing most of these women. The estimated number of women who are missing are 44 million in China, 39 million in India, 6 million in Pakistan and 3 billion in Bangladesh. This is the single largest genocide in human history. Ever. Some researchers have coined a word for this phenomenon: Femicide, or the killing of the human female because she is female.
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