Articles by: Raj Kumar Thakur

Investigating the Visual Spectre of Covid-19 in India 

Investigating the Visual Spectre of Covid-19 in India 

In days to come, social scientists will write varied accounts on the responses of the Indian state to the ongoing pandemic called Covid-19. Academicians will deploy the visible categories of class, caste, race, gender, religion, economy, centre, state, region, demography and many more to enquire and weave multiple narratives. Each study would offer us new perspectives to look into ourselves,[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 India
The Walls that Spoke

The Walls that Spoke

In times when the nation treats the public universities as liabilities, we should be crystal clear in demarcating: what is a university and what it is not? A university is not a factory that processes raw materials and brings out finished products. It cannot be reduced into a laboratory that conducts experiments to come up with the desired result. It[Read More…]

August 6, 2019 Life/Philosophy
‘Judging’ the Drink of the Workers

‘Judging’ the Drink of the Workers

Alcohol has many connotations amongst its consumers. Some see it as a medium of intoxication that heightens pleasure, others consume it to celebrate on festive occasions, and for many others it is a commodity that allows them to forget their everyday woes. Quite opposed to these connotations, the medical experts hold the view that excessive consumption of alcohol leads to[Read More…]

May 31, 2019 India
Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy Cannot be a Ground for Political Legitimacy

Celibacy is not equivalent to high moral politics. To be married or unmarried is an individual choice. But to equate it with political morality and to celebrate celibacy as a high moral principle, creates a false binary of high and low moral politics. Ever since Narendra Modi was elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat he has been portrayed as a[Read More…]

May 21, 2019 India