This week’s selection from the world of social science research.
My Birth is My Fatal Accident: Rohith Vemula’s Searing Letter is an Indictment of Social Prejudices
On the first anniversary of his suicide, The Wire republishes Rohith Vemula’s letter, which remains a strong reminder that despite merit, a Dalit still has to face prejudice and worse.
We know India’s ineffective legislation protects the cheapness of labour – but how do we know ISRO isn’t inadvertently profiting from it?
In an explosive interview, the former BJP leader Arun Shourie hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi
For leftist critics of the EU, reform looks unlikely – but aligning with right-wing Euroskeptics looks worse. Maybe there’s a third option.
One way to bypass the complication of introducing a uniform civil code for a country as diverse as ours is to alter the laws to achieve gender equity.
Re-promulgation of ordinances is illegal, the apex court ruled, in a judgment that will be applicable to all central ordinances, including demonetisation.
The cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a feasibility study on the proposed deal, clearing the way for the start of formal talks.
The attacks show that even if ISIS loses the Iraqi side of its self-styled caliphate, the threat from the group may not subside.
The paper said that the Turkish government’s action is an affront to the freedom of press after the reporter was sent back to London from the airport.
The much-delayed peace talks to begin after the guerrillas release a politician being held hostage.
Stepping behind the White House podium for the last time, Obama’s seemed to be addressing an audience of one: the man who will replace him at noon Friday.
The ex-National Security Agency contractor shook the American intelligence establishment to its core in 2013 with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world.
The 12% reservation to Muslims was a key election promise of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
The cabinet has refused to endorse a provision in a proposed human rights plan that would have undermined the penal code, which criminalises homosexuality.
Som has denied the charges, telling PTI that there was “nothing controversial in the CD and that parts of the video had already been aired on TV news channels”.
In recent days, the missing Pakistani activists have been accused of blasphemy in online posts and by at least three television commentators.
Despite the success of some Indian industries since the 1990s, we are now seeing a major productivity gap circumscribing the prospects of industrial growth.
Two people have died and several are missing.
Are banks expecting that some kind of restriction on cash withdrawals could become a more permanent feature of our system?
World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set by the Paris climate change deal.
A fresh show cause notice has been issued to the central public information officer of DU for having failed to produce the records before the commission as directed.
Listen to the story of the rare litigon in Kolkata to understand the politics around hybrids in the animal kingdom.
Studies show that biased coverage – from jabs at the German chancellor’s low-cut dress to insinuations that Argentina’s president has a ‘mood disorder’ – undermines women in public office.
Under Donald Trump, relations between India and the US are going to soar because he will see India as a natural ally, the Indian-American told The Wire.
Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence, will likely be released in May after US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.
In a letter declining the job, Bhati said his removal on the grounds of physical disability had “caused hurt” and eroded his faith in the DDA’s policies.
The RBI governor also stated that Rs 9.2 lakh crore has been introduced into the economy in the form of new notes since November 8.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
In the BJP’s lust for power, old friends are being conveniently forgotten and new alliances are being forged.
While just eight men are enjoying their enormous wealth, people in developing countries such as Malawi are paying 41% of their daily income for a meal.
In the 1960s a group of working-class white activists joined forces with the Black Panthers in Chicago to fight systemic class oppression. Could a similar coalition emerge today?
The Shekatkar committee report represents a starting point and makes a valuable suggestion – non-combat organisations must be reviewed and restructured.
Western UP residents say they will choose who to vote for depending on the communities the candidates belong to and who they are seen as supporting.
State television said the emergency would prevent a power vacuum while the Supreme Court rules on Jammeh’s petition challenging the election result.
Thai transgender activist Nada Chaiyajit petitioned her school to issue her documents according to the gender identity she has chosen, on the basis of her rights.
Gieve Patel’s art celebrates and delineates the human condition, though at the same time, it also provides a window into the ravages of death.
The British prime minister is overestimating the UK’s place in the world after Brexit as she boldly strides out of the single market.
Mehbooba Mufti has said the state government has not received any reports to suggest that demonetisation had an impact in Kashmir.
Rivera, the longest-serving political prisoner in the US from Latin America, has been incarcerated for 35 years.
In a tweet last week, Wikileaks had said Julian Assange would agree to be extradited to the US if Manning was granted clemency.
“Deaf and dumb parrots have been installed in the council of ministers and a similar RBI governor has been appointed, who have let the nation’s economy shake in its roots,” an editorial in the Sena’s mouthpiece said.
The Supreme Court has missed a chance to bring the criminal defamation law within the frameworks required of a liberal, egalitarian state.
A case under the Arms Act was filed against Salman Khan for allegedly keeping and using a firearm with an expired licence in the alleged poaching of blackbucks.