Arnab Chakladar (Carleton): Language, Nation and the Question of Indian Literature. From Outlook, special issues on sex in India and on aromas in India. Shikha Dalmia on the tragic truth about India's caste system: Untouchables cling to it because they have few other choices. Siddhartha Deb on how India's elite is blinded by a cultish belief in progress. A review of Talking Back: The Idea of Civilization in the Indian Nationalist Discourse by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. What next for Nagaland? After more than 60 years of bloodshed, recent moves suggest that the Nagas are inching towards a possible breakthrough. Fifty years after the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule, the loss of regional identity and culture figures repeatedly in its introspection. The victims of the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat are still to get justice but are determined to continue the fight. From Tehelka, the 14th century cathedral in Paris has been in the safe hands of Joachim Irudayanathan for seven years; Adeline Bertin meets the Indian who holds the keys to Notre Dame; and no #@&%? Please, we’re Indian. Such a fall: Mumbai University, once an iconic institution, has lost its way.
A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. From Peace, all his life Gene Sharp has studied ways of fighting effectively without violence — now that he is regarded, at 83, as the brains behind the Arab Spring, people are taking his strategies seriously (and more). Mission from God: Josh Kron on the upstart Christian sect driving Invisible Children and changing Africa. From Foreign Policy, a look at the top 10 trends in global freedom. The return of sovereignty: Michael Ignatieff reviews Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement by Brad R. Roth. From Vice, Swedish feminists are so bored they’re telling men how to sit on the bus; and should being a racist dick on the Internet be illegal? A review of Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe by Jean-Laurent Rosenthal and R. Bin Wong. A review of Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850 by Prasannan Parthasarathi. The living word: Peter Ludlow on how the meanings of the words we use are constantly changing, even as we speak. Conor Friedersdorf on why Tom Friedman is America's perfect centrist pundit.
Peter Tiersma (Loyola) and Lawrence M. Solan (Brooklyn): The Language of Crime. From the International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Kristine Levan (Plymouth State), Katherine Polzer (TCU), and Steven Downing (UOIT): Media and Prison Sexual Assault: How We Got to the “Don’t Drop the Soap” Culture. From In-Spire, Stephen Riley (Sheffield Hallam): Hegel and the Normative Foundations of Criminal Justice. From Tikkun, a series of articles on restorative justice, including Mikhail Lyubansky on how super is Superhero Justice? From The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik on the scandal of America’s teeming prisons. From Governing, how game theory is reinventing crime fighting: Elected officials across the nation from both political parties have begun to examine ways to replace a tough corrections policy with a smart one. A review of The Collapse of American Criminal Justice by William Stuntz. The Gray Box: An investigative look at solitary confinement. The end of the for-profit prison era? A nationwide campaign to stem investments in private corrections companies is gathering steam.