When a once-in-a-century pandemic strikes, public health experts ask all to wear masks, but the US president tells Americans that mask-wearing is one of those rules not to be followed (like paying taxes, like the emoluments clause, like campaign finance laws, like obstructing justice)
Michiel Baas’ book explores how fitness trainers in the gyms of urban India use their ‘bodily capital’ for ‘upward mobility’
A critical tribute to sociologist Yogendra Singh (1932-2020) — as a teacher, and his thoughts as a scholar
The troubling aspects of Yogendra Singh’s (professor emeritus of sociology at JNU, who died on 10 May) thoughts as a scholar are critical to understand India’s political future no less than its present and past.
Conflict fanned by linguistic, religious and national identities belies their non-primordial, oft fluid nature
The NRC and the CAA, which imagine India in a certain way, have inflamed passions driven by religious, ethnic as well as linguistic identities. Why these identities should be so inflammatory is something a lot of us perhaps wonder about.
The caste system constitutes the reality of Indian Muslims, as it does of Hindus. The Muslims are broadly divided into the elite upper castes, or the Ashrafs, and the subaltern lower castes, or the Pasmandas. The differences between these two broad categories of castes come to the fore before every election.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack on 14 February, the thought of avoiding civilisation altogether did cross the mind
Surprising regional differences were found, like France's soft corner for women &... fit characters.
Professor Soma Chaudhuri has studied for over a decade the problem of witch-hunting in the tea plantation community of Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
Authorities in Pakistan's Punjab province have ordered an inquiry over offensive content in a sociology textbook, though the publisher tendered an apology
Apaar Sharma, a former student of the Shivaji College in Delhi University has written an open letter over the mass failure in Sociology exam in DU.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta argues we are now witnessing an orgy of cannibalism among the ruling class as they tear each other than their institutions down.
The Social Justice Ministry has recommended human rights education at various levels including civil services and other central service training institutions to get rid of caste-based discrimination.