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Articles by: Dr Gilbert Sebastian

Why the Hindi Belt Voted for Modi? – A Ground-level Account

Why the Hindi Belt Voted for Modi? – A Ground-level Account

Sachin Mathew (name changed), one of my students who completed M.A. in at the Central University of Kerala subsequently did his B.Ed. and worked in a school in the rural part of Gorakhpur, the district the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath hails from. He had given me an interesting account of the actual conditions prevailing there. I asked[Read More…]

A-SAT Test: A Moment to Rethink Our Developmental Priorities

A-SAT Test: A Moment to Rethink Our Developmental Priorities

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the country on the successful test of Anti-Satellite Missile (A-SAT), he said, “There can be no greater moment of pride for every Hindustani.” The critique from the Congress, the main opposition party, was muted as it was confined to the propriety of the announcement while the Electoral Code of Conduct is in place,[Read More…]

Note from a Guarantor in a Sedition Case

Note from a Guarantor in a Sedition Case

On March 5, I went to the Bekal police station in Kerala’s Kasaragod district to stand guarantor for one of my students. Avala Ramu from Andhra Pradesh is in the final semester of his MA in International Relations and Politics at the Central University of Kerala. He was charge-sheeted under IPC 124A, the Sedition clause. I had to pitch in[Read More…]

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