Rape has a specific purpose in culture. It is oppression. Devashish Makhija investigates cultural bigotry and cultural misogyny through his latest film Bhonsle. I could have titled this as Meditations on Rape and Death. Instead I will draw my inspiration from TS Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Devashish Makhija’s new film Bhonsle is a confluence of longing and loneliness. A tale … Continue reading The Love Song of Bhonsle- Rukmini Sen
डॉ. आंबेडकर ने 15 मार्च 1947 को संविधान में कानून के द्वारा ‘राज्य समाजवाद’ को लागू करने के लिए संविधान सभा को ज्ञापन दिया। उन्होंने मांग की थी कि भारत के संविधान में यह घोषित किया जाए कि उद्योग, कृषि, भूमि और बीमा का राष्ट्रीयकरण होगा तथा खेती का सामूहिकीकरण। लेकिन संविधान सभा ने ऐसा होने नहीं दिया। बता रहे हैं कंवल भारती संविधान दिवस (26 नवंबर 1949) पर विशेष डॉ. … Continue reading आंबेडकर के लोकतांत्रिक समाजवाद से क्यों असहमत थी संविधान सभा?
On 15 March 1947, Dr Ambedkar gave a memorandum to the Constituent Assembly for implementing “state socialism” through the Constitution. He wanted the Indian Constitution to mandate the nationalization of industry, agriculture, land and insurance, and collectivization of farming. But the Constituent Assembly did not let this happen, writes Kanwal Bharti Dr B.R. Ambedkar was knowledgeable about Constitutions adopted around the world and believed that the … Continue reading Why the Constituent Assembly disagreed with Ambedkar’s democratic socialism
By Saurabh Bhattacharjee The outbreak of COVID-19 has not just created a public health crisis but also unleashed an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy as a result of the nation-wide lockdown. With more than 90% of Indian workers engaged in precarious work, millions of workers have been left without work, food or shelter as shown in the surveys of the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN). The mass … Continue reading Inviting New Anarchies? – A Word of Caution against Dismantling of Labour Laws in Uttar Pradesh
By Saurabh Bhattacharjee Even as the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown has sparked an unprecedented livelihood crisis, the governments of many states in this country have unveiled a series of measures for relaxation of labour laws for industries in the states. Several states including Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Assam, Himachal Pradesh have either announced or have proposed suspension of various labour laws … Continue reading Demystifying the Changes to Labour Laws in States: Madhya Pradesh
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