REFLECTIONS FROM THE FIELD: THE DILUTING CLUSTERS OF BAGRU AND SANGANER

Craft communities in India usually exist in close knit clusters by virtue of which they have strong traditional knowledge systems. The older craftsmen have relied on these knowledge systems to pass down their knowledge and expertise in the craft to the younger generations. One such craft pocket is the hand block printed textiles in the towns of Jaipur district, namely Bagru and Sanganer.

NAVIGATING IDENTITIES IN HANDBLOCK PRINTING AMIDST LOCAL & GLOBAL DYNAMICS

In this commentary, we are underlining the sustenance of handicrafts as a traditional art form in Jaipur, and how it has evolved with global dynamics. We also explore the significance of this artform to preserve identity—at the individual and community levels. We conclude by highlighting the scope of the Jaipur bloc as a pioneering entity to spearhead collectivization practices, which women, in several capacities, have used to maneuver social, political, and economic agency.

How Post-Harvest Losses Continue to Plague the Agricultural Sector

This research article analyses post-harvest losses in India by discussing its causes and impact on the agricultural sector specifically and the economy and environment at large. Post-harvest losses are incurred after harvesting but before final consumption and amount to a staggering 40% of the country’s produce. The article deliberates over the untapped potential of this sector while acknowledging the shortcomings of existing solutions.

Sexual Violence, Military Impunity, and Women Resistance: The Case of Kashmir – II

After introducing the basic themes encircling Kashmiri Feminism in the first article, the second article of this series draws attention to the grave sexual violence and abuse committed against the Kashmiri women. This article aims to, first, underline the culture of impunity enjoyed by the Indian Armed forces and, second, show the impact of military impunity upon the women experiencing everyday abuse in the valley.

Book Review: The Globalization Backlash by Colin Crouch

This article is a critique of one of the most celebrated books on the concept of globalisation – The Globalization Backlash by English political scientist, Colin Crouch. It talks about the concept of globalisation and how it has shaped and reshaped the world. It also discusses the many contentions people hold regarding the aspects of globalization and touches upon the need for people to read this book.

Female Genital Mutilation in India

Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision is prevalent in 31 countries, including India. Two hundred million girls worldwide have been subject to this practise which goes against their fundamental rights. Though there is progress made on a global scale, India is yet to identify this practice as a problem as there is no law that identifies and corrects it. The legal system in India has failed to acknowledge the urgency that comes with the need to eliminate this problem and is yet to decide whether or not it can interfere in this matter, considering its religious roots. This paper criticized how the court has handled this matter and reflects on how some of the other countries have attempted to eradicate the practice.

Gandhi and Ambedkar on Parliamentary Democracy

India’s success in maintaining its status as a sovereign state may be credited with the parliamentary democracy it follows and the clarity in the separation of powers. However, the two most important figures in Indian history, Gandhi and Ambedkar, had distinct views on adopting a parliamentary form of government. Gandhi’s perspective could be defined as a moral argument, whereas Ambedkar’s stance was practical and created a framework for inclusivity within the constitution. The legal and moral arguments raised in this particular discourse highlights the greater ideologies espoused by the two stalwarts of the Indian independence movement.

A Choppy Road Ahead: How the Pandemic is Reinventing India’s Urban Mobility Crisis

India has always had its issues with urban mobility. However, the financial, behavioral and commercial trends triggered by the pandemic threaten to complicate these issues in an unprecedented manner. In the first of a series of essays on urban mobility in India, Sudarshan and Mukundan trace some of these complications to unravel the biggest challenges faced by the government.

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