Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Topic: Modernity

India’s democracy goes beyond the last mall in Noida. Rural feudal rich are feeling the pinch

Shrikant Tyagi episode shows that the State, even if ruled by the BJP, will side with 'mall modernity' and crush the ego of rustic rural feudals.

Nehru was too modern for India. He suffered from a ‘cultural homelessness’

In ‘Nehru and The Spirit of India', Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee offers an original perspective on Nehru and Indian history—a ‘minoritarian’ approach.

India created cultural illiteracy in the name of modernity

We are okay with Fabindia clothing. But an encounter with popular culture anywhere outside a museum makes us squeamish.

India’s embrace of modernity is now threatened by social regression

If Indians were to truly carry out their fundamental duties, then regressive trends like laws against inter-faith marriages would be energetically countered.

Not a single Dalit in 60% of Kolkata’s neighbourhoods. How caste divides Indian cities

Indian urban localities are as segregated as our villages. Caste is still an important factor in deciding the organisation of spatial environment in cities.

A Wharton graduate marrying a tree in Made in Heaven is no anomaly in India, studies show

The ‘neoliberal’ Indian middle class does not view superstitions as a hindrance, but as benign interventions that help live a risk-averse life.

A fall through a sinkhole on prime Bengaluru property led to discovery of a hidden temple

An ancient temple's discovery illuminates the connections between present-day life and the past as a 'place' to be opened, imagined, and inhabited.

Unlike American CEOs, India Inc. under BJP is becoming timid & regressive

An excerpt from "Reconciliation" edited by Harsh Mander, Natasha Badhwar and John Dayal, explores the nexus between corporate houses and the Indian government during hate attacks. 

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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft | Twitter | @DefencePRO_Guj

Russian defence industry team to visit India soon for talks on upgrading IAF’s Sukhoi fleet

Upgrades would include more better radar & integration of electronic warfare abilities. Russia also hopeful of inking deal with India to supply 12 more Su-30 MKIs and 21 MiG-29s.
NI 13.08

Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.