Manjeet Ramgotra (SOAS): India's Republican Moment: Freedom in Nehru's Political Thought. Anindya Chaudhuri (Westat India): Public Policy in India. S. N. Balagangadhara, Esther Bloch, and Jakob De Roover (Ghent): Rethinking Colonialism and Colonial Consciousness: The Case of Modern India. Mudit Kapoor and Shamika Ravi (ISB): Why so Few Women in Politics? Evidence from India. Sarbapriya Ray (Calcutta) and Ishita Aditya (Burdwan): Revisiting the Law Regarding Prohibition of Violence Against Women in India. Amartya Sen on India’s women — the mixed truth. Bram De Ridder interviews Ambassador Neelam Deo on her career in the IFS and beyond. Saif Khalid on how activists launch "Dark is Beautiful" campaign to counter deep-rooted bias towards lighter complexion. Dan Kedmey on what DNA testing reveals about India’s caste system. Why can't Hinduism rid itself of fake gurus? Shikha Dalmia on how this "flaw" may be the price of avoiding dogmatism. He’s not the son of God: An article on atheism in India. The meaning of Sachin: The impending retirement of India's most famous cricketer warrants national introspection. Abhirup Bhunia on the emergence of two Indias: India’s urban middle class turns away from the public sector. Sraboni Bhaduri on thumbprinting a brand: Indian consumers tend to suffer guilt attacks whenever they “selfishly” consume something individually all by themselves. Raghuram Rajan on the case for India. The story of connected history: Roland Lardinois reviews Is Indian Civilization a Myth? by Sanjay Subrahmanyam.
Joel Reidenberg (Princeton): The Data Surveillance State in the US and Europe. From World History Connected, a forum on Jesuits and world history. Erik Wemple reads a pile of books by cable talk-show hosts so you don’t have to. David Dayen on how frustrated blogger Duncan Black made expanding Social Security a respectable idea. American writers are self-censoring, PEN survey finds: 73 percent of respondents are more worried about government surveillance now than they ever have been. Alex Fletcher reviews On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance by Howard Caygill. Thanksgiving in Mongolia: Ariel Levy on an adventure and a heartbreaking loss. Rightbloggers find gloom in wins by McAuliffe and de Blasio — and even in Christie's. What's to stop the NSA from being used to rig U.S. elections? Imagine what Richard Nixon might have done with these surveillance tools. Jonathan Chait on George Will and monetary policy. The nuke that might have been: Being plentiful and cheap, thorium is the only fuel that stands a chance of generating electricity as cheaply as burning coal — as such, it is the only fuel capable of weaning the world off the biggest single polluter of all. Jonathan Cohn on how Bill Clinton's Obamacare comments are wrong. The NSA might know everything but it is not all powerful — in a world without privacy, our spies are not exempt. His life aquatic: A practical tiny sub can dive as deeply as 3,300 feet. Harvard professor Niall Ferguson can't get Paul Krugman out of his mind.
Ingo Elbe (Oldenburg): Between Marx, Marxism, and Marxisms: Ways of Reading Marx’s Theory. From Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group, Imre Szeman (Alberta): Conscience and the Common; Max Haiven (NSCAD): Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance is Resistance, and Anyway, Resistance is Futile; Sarah Brouilette (Carleton): Antisocial Psychology; Evan Mauro (UBC): The Death and Life of the Avant-Garde: Or, Modernism and Biopolitics; Matthew MacLellan (Alberta): Capitalism’s Many Futures: A Brief History of Theorizing Post-Capitalism Technologically; and Robert Pippin reviews Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek. From Against the Current, Adaner Usmani on Marxism and "Subaltern Studies". Retrospective on the origins of world-systems analysis: Gregory P. Williams interviews Immanuel Wallerstein. Simon Hardy's long essay Destruction of Meaning is a welcome contribution to a Marxist analysis of media and communication. Jeffrey C. Isaac reviews The Communist Horizon by Jodi Dean. By refusing to treat Marx as our contemporary, Jonathan Sperber has brought him back to life. “Shut up! He might hear you!”: E. Wayne Ross and Greg Queen on teaching Marx in social studies education. With interest in Ralph Miliband’s work high after the Mail’s attack, could Marxism regain academic ascendency? asks Martin McQuillan. For those too young to remember the Cold War but old enough to be trapped by the Great Recession, Marxism holds new appeal. The Washington Post picked its top American Communists — Wonkblog begs to differ.