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Articles by: Rakesh Shukla

The Ayodhya Verdict: Majoritarianism At Play?

The Ayodhya Verdict: Majoritarianism At Play?

Raja bola raat hai, Mantri bola raat hai Court bola raat hai Yeh subah-subah kee baat hai (The King said it was night; The Ministers said it was night; The Court said it was night; It was early morning) The Court of the Honorable Chief Justice of India’s below the central dome of the Supreme Court building, is the setting[Read More…]

Elections 2019 Verdict: A Subterranean Gaze

Elections 2019 Verdict: A Subterranean Gaze

The massive verdict of 2019 in favour of muscular nationalism and for a brave ‘chappan-inch-chatti’ – 56-inch broad chest thumping ‘roaring lion son of Bharat Mata’ in the shape of celibate Narendra Modi, compared to an emasculated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2014 and a toffee faced privileged dynast Rahul Gandhi in 2019, is overwhelming. The fact that economic factors[Read More…]

Triple Talaq Judgement: Gender, ‘Othering’ And A Medieval Paradigm

Triple Talaq Judgement: Gender, ‘Othering’ And A Medieval Paradigm

Psychoanalysis has always been a bit harsh, if not downright suspicious of altruism. However, the spectacle of the overwhelming concern for Muslim women from Prime Minister Modi to U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the whole gamut of Hindu organisations does seem to strain credulity a trifle. Perhaps, the caution of psychology to step back and examine our narcissistic feelings[Read More…]