The Case for Legalising LGBTQ+ Marriages
Legal recognition for marriage equality could strike at gender-unequal assumptions in family law and open possibilities for progressive reforms.
Journey of a Friendship between two Film Directors: Kundan Shah and Saeed Mirza
It was the maelstrom among the 1970s generation of students at the Film and Technology Institute of India that could yield an epic like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’.
Don't Judge the Past through the Eyes of the Present
It would be wrong to use present-day norms to label certain historical events as crimes. If we must judge the past, it should be in relation to its time, rather than our present.
Building Consensus on Climate Change through Stories
A nuanced ecological sensitivity resides in the collective legacy of myths, folk tales, and belief systems of all ancient civilisations. Could that be used to influence contemporary attitudes and…
Regulating GM Crops in India
A new history shows how the trajectory of biotechnology in agriculture created spaces for greater democratic engagement in formulating policy on GM crops in India. But will this state of affairs last…
Enforcing the Ban on the ‘Two-Finger Test’
Virginity tests in judicial trials are premised on gendered and casteist ideas about women. The Supreme Court’s ban on such tests should be followed up with changes in medical education and social…
Reforming How India Governs the Human-Wildlife Interface
Many low-income communities in India face serious burdens because the Wildlife Act prohibits killing certain wild species. The challenge is to reform wildlife management in a practical way while…
The Truth about Drug Regulation in India
Tracing the evolution of the modern pharmaceutical industry, Truth Pill takes a critical look at the drug regulatory process in India and outlines what needs to be done to make the country a world…
Food for Nought: One Step Forward, One Leap Backward
The sugar-coated termination of the free grain Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana calls for an urgent expansion of alternative social security measures.
At COP-27, Climate Change Mitigation Takes a Back Seat
Despite alarming evidence about the pace of global warming, COP-27 failed to raise climate mitigation ambition. While the 1.5°C limit was salvaged in the end, the lack of consensus on fossil fuel…
Loss and Damage Fund: A Step Towards Climate Justice, Finally
Ending an impasse over the reluctance of developed countries to compensate developing nations for the damages caused by climate-related disasters, COP-27 achieved a major breakthrough by establishing…
Multipolarity, the Mantra of Authoritarianism
The Left's advocacy for 'multipolarity' against a US-led unipolar order has, in effect, defended authoritarianism across the world. The Left must reflect on how its language enables…