Published Elsewhere

Have been fortunate to have been featured in some credible and some up and coming publications. Here is a list of these.

Caste Publications: The Space for Upper Caste Subculture Politics, Economic and Political Weekly. (26th April 2014)

Abstract: Modern political culture has given viable incentive for various castes to develop their respective subcultures to consolidate their power in a competitive social world. Print media becomes the basis of these subcultures as it provides a viable option both for the consolidation of a shared identity as well as its communication. This article tries to illustrate the role played by print culture in materialising upper caste subcultures and their respective organisational politics through an empirical study of various registered upper caste publications in Uttar Pradesh.

About: Indian television has not always been this melodramatic, lavishly decked up chimera of the life and times of the rich and the middle class India, as it is today. There was a time in the mid 80’s up until early 90’s when Hindi television witnessed an experimental phase which produced cinematic products such as literary adaptations, telefilms, biopics etc. During this period filmmakers from the New Wave Cinema Movement were experimenting with this new medium which had been introduced in India at the beginning of the 1980’s. Realism remained the dominant theme whether it was the subject matter, the aesthetic or the narrative of these shows. The 17 episodes long series,Mirza Ghalib made in 1988 by Gulzar, based on the life and times of the famous 18th century Urdu poet, was also a product of this phase of Indian television history.

About: Since 2001, at least 14 political parties with a women-oriented political agenda have emerged across India, according to an analysis of an official list of political parties from April 2001 to January 2015. Five of these parties have contested either a general election or a state assembly election in the past 15 years, according to statistical reports of elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Despite a low success rate (with 100% deposit forfeited in all cases), most of these parties have survived, and the trend of registration of women’s issues-based parties has increased over the years, in a country where women comprise no more than 11.4% of the parliament.

The (Slow) Rise of Women-Oriented Political Parties, Business Standard. (Republished via India Spend). (31st March 2015)

The Slow Rise of Women-Oriented Political Parties, Scroll. (Republished via India Spend). (1st April 2015) 

For large states like Uttar Pradesh, there are always inter-regional comparisons regarding economic development and growth. However, without taking cognizance of the performance on the human development front, such comparisons often yield an incomplete and misleading picture. By factoring in these indicators, this article attempts to compare levels of human development in the two economic regions of UP, namely Bundelkhand and Western UP.

UP’s Free-Housing Mess A National Warning, India Spend. (19th June 2015).

This week, as the government cleared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Housing For All” policy–which hopes to build 2 million homes by 2020 for the urban poor–this cautionary story from India’s most populous state reveals how political rivalries and tardy implementation can stymie government-run housing efforts, failing even the spare expectations of the poor and delivering no political benefits.

प्रस्तावना: यह अनुवाद मैंने स्वयं नहीं लिखा है अंग्रेज़ी लेख का यह सबसे बेहतरीन अनुवाद नही है पर मुझे खुशी है कि अब इसे हिन्दी के पाठक भी पढ़ सकेंगे। 

Why India’s Metro, Suburban Railways Should Merge, India Spend. (7th September 2015).

Abstract: Every metropolitan rail system in India—and mostly across the world—runs at a loss, so the endeavour of these systems is always to reduce these losses. The 13-year-old Delhi Metro has proved to be adept at doing just that.
The 6-line metro system serving India’s national capital territory incurs a loss of Rs 0.47 crore less per km (2011-12) than the country’s three older suburban railway networks, and, as this writer’s analysis has revealed, Indian cities would do well to operationally merge both kinds of commuter services—the new metros and older Indian-Railway-run lines.

Why India’s Metro, Suburban Railways Should Merge, Scroll. (Republished via India Spend). (8th September 2015).

मेट्रो और रेलवे के साथ होने से बनेंगी बात, इंडिया स्पेंड। (9 सितम्बर2015)
प्रस्तावनाहिन्दी पाठकों के लिए इण्डिया स्पेंड द्वारा अनुवादित संस्करण।

Why 781 Indians–Needlessly–Die Every Winter, India Spend. (27th November 2015)

Abstract: As many as 10,933 Indians (an average of 781 per year) have died over the past 14 years–between 2001 to 2014–due to “cold and exposure”, an analysis of statistics on accidental deaths due to natural causes obtained from the Open Government Data (OGD) Platform of Government of India reveals.

Why 781 Indians–Needlessly–Die Every Winter, Business Standard. (Republished via India Spend). (27th November 2015).

Why 781 Indians–Needlessly–Die Every Winter, Scroll. (Republished via India Spend). (28th November 2015).

Abstract: Only 16 of 29 states and seven union territories had digitised the leaky ration-card system of the world’s largest programme to distribute subsidised food, the targeted public distribution system (TDPS), by the end of April 2015, according to the latest-available government data.

Railways for Daily Commuters: Options for Rural and Semi-urban India, Economic and Political Weekly. (13th February 2016).

Abstract: For commuting to new towns and cities which are facing the challenges of urbanisation, a viable transport option is the use of the railways’ Mainline Electric Multiple Units, which could, if planned properly, provide seamless connectivity. 

Land Reforms Fail, 5% of India’s Farmers Control 32% Land, India Spend. (4th May 2016).

Abstract: Almost three decades ago in 1990, Radheshyam, 49, was given half an acre of farm land free, taken away from a landlord as part of what was then a 40-year-old state law that allows distribution of such land to the poor.

One of 5.78 million beneficiaries of land redistribution nationwide, Radheshyam–he uses only one name–got his land within 45 days of being shortlisted by the gram sabha (village council) in his village of Bebar in the western Uttar Pradesh district of Mainpuri.
Steeped in debt, he now believes that the land he—and others in his village, of about 310,000 statewide—got after the Uttar Pradesh Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act, 1950, was too little to change his life.
Radheshyam’s situation reflects the general failure of a 54-year-old Indian programme to take land from the rich and give it to the poor.

How Violence Contributes to Diseases Among Sex Workers, India Spend. (8th August 2016).

Analysis of data on violence against sex workers collected by Swasti Health Resource Centre in Bangalore. The article tries to understand the relationship between violence against sex workers and the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among this population group.

With Deadline 1 Month Away, UP’s Homes For Urban Poor 73% Incomplete, India Spend (10th October 2016).

Although 60% of the money has been released, no more than 27% of 24,310 free homes intended for the urban poor had been built till August 2016 across 53 districts in India’s most-populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP), according to new data released by the state government.

52% Of Gay Men Without Peer Support Suffer Violence, India Spend (21st October 2016).

For all the 22 years of his young life, Ajith (name changed to protect identity) has had to hide his sexual preference for male partners. The management graduate, who works at a hotel in Chennai, comes from Kambam, a small Tamil Nadu village.
Ajith’s parents and younger sister are aware of his sexual orientation but he fears the abuse, attacks and ridicule he would have to face in Kambam as an openly gay man. But in Chennai, where he is less secretive about his orientation, he said, he feels much safer thanks to the support of the community organisations (COs) for men with alternate sexual identities.
A recent survey conducted across five Indian states by Swasti Health Resource Centre for 12 such COs has proved him right: gay men who seek peer support were far safer than those living with their parents, most often without outing themselves. The aim of the study was to get a better understanding of the profiles and needs of those who approach the COs for help.

Corruption and black money: Changes to anti-graft bill run contrary to SC judgments, UN Convention, First Post, (14th November 2016)

The long standing tussle on the issue of protection of central government officials from investigating agencies, between the Supreme Court and successive central governments is likely to be renewed with the central government’s recent approval of the changes proposed in the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The changes are to be made in the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The amendment was initially introduced in the Rajya Sabha in 2013 during UPA-II regime.
The contentious issue of making it mandatory for investigative agencies covered under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, (DSPEA) 1946 such as CBI to seek permission from central government before initiating investigations against central government employees, has been adjudged upon by the supreme court repeatedly in the past.

Abuse Of Transgender Indians Begins In Early Childhood, India Spend, (6th January 2017).

As a child who did not conform to traditional gender norms, Sharmila faced physical and emotional abuse at home and sexual abuse at school. At that age, few have the courage to speak up, said Sharmila.
Four of 10 transgender people face sexual abuse before completing 18 years, according to a survey by Swasti Health Resource Centre–a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation–among 2,169 respondents across three states: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The abuse begins as early as age five, but most vulnerable are those aged 11 to 15, the data show.