India, Perchance

In the wake of COVID-19, this dossier, edited by Bhaskar Sarkar and Rahul Mukherjee, reflects on the deep fault lines that the pandemic has revealed for India and speculates on the futures of the country. Cover image by Shailesh B. R., courtesy of the artist.

How Dare You?

Paromita Vohra

“How dare you?” These are almost the last words my friend Surekha said to me, in a text message. I had LOL’d. She said, “I’ll see you soon dude.” She had just moved to Bombay, from Delhi. That was on … Continue reading “How Dare You?”

Covid and Civil Solidarity

Ajay Gudavarthy

Civil solidarity, a necessary precondition for democratic systems, remains a governing mode for political formations seeking a hegemonic position within democracies. Civil solidarity is marked by claims to an inclusive, normative-universal idea of “we-ness.” As cultural sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander … Continue reading “Covid and Civil Solidarity”

The Memory Keepers

Banu Subramaniam

Image: Leela Venugopal, We All Wait for the Rain   Drip, drip, drip. This is life now. The eerie stillness. The bottomless sorrow. The paralyzing numbness. The quiet acceptance. Time stills, life slows. This is how it is playing out. … Continue reading “The Memory Keepers”