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December 9, 2015

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April 12, 2014

Ann Shola Orloff in her article, “Gendering the Comparative Analysis of Welfare States: An Unfinished Agenda*”, sets forth the essentialist character of the linkages between the systems of social provisions & regulations and gender as how imperative it is to internalise gender perspectives into the mainstream scholarship, which influences policy formations to profusion.

November 11, 2013

Hindi version published in Srote Science and Technology Features, April 2008

Identity politics has become the hallmark of our times and emphasizing cultural identities does have some advantages in multicultural societies. However, it also encourages us to generalize about groups. The terrible effects of painting an entire community with one brush are to be seen in many ways. One instance is that of a teenaged girl who commited suicide in Bhopal some weeks ago. It was chance that she was born into the Pardhi community.

January 6, 2013


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March 2, 2012

It was in 1982-83 that I first read Descartes’ famous Discourse on the Method. The illustration in that essay, of how to “rightly conduct the Reason”, made a lasting impression on my mind. By enquiring into the foundations of our knowledge, and building it up from first principles, that essay distinguishes the thinking activity from other mental processes such as memory, information representation and reproduction etc. In a sense, it demonstrates how we can direct our thinking towards discovery.

February 28, 2012
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September 22, 2011


The construction of a reflexive modernity calls for people who can look back at their own society

and correctly identify its greatest challenges. Modernity may be weak and poorly rooted in India,

but this is just the situation in which more sensitivity is called for, not less. While many of the

contradictions created by nineteenth century industrialization are surfacing now in India, the risks of

late industrial societies, too, are making their presence felt. The weakening of social and normative

September 22, 2011

Merit and the Middle Class

June 24, 2011


We have been taught by long experience that the part played by reason in politics is smaller than we have been content to suppose……Our task, assuredly, is to give reason the largest possible place in the conduct of affairs; either we must plan our civilization or we must perish

                           - Harold Laski

June 14, 2011