Waquar Ahmed and Ipsita Chatterjee (North Texas): Contradictory Policies of Neoliberalizing India. Which India matters? Pankaj Mishra reviews An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions by Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen and Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries by Jagdish Bhagwati (and more) and Arvind Panagariya. Why isn't India a major global player? Jayanta Roy and Pritam Banerjee on the political economy of trade liberalization. From Outlook, who’s afraid of President Modi? A special issue on Election 2014 (and more at The Caravan). Adam Taylor and Anup Kaphle on 5 reasons you should be following India’s jaw-droppingly enormous elections. Who is Narendra Modi and why is the world afraid of him leading India? Prem Shankar Jha on the most fateful election in India's history. Can India's likely next prime minister unleash his country's economy without allowing his Hindu nationalist base to run free? Saurav Datta on how religious bigotry and the government's abdication of responsibility jointly endanger free speech. Wendy Doniger on India and censorship by the Batra Brigade. The Doctor and the Saint: Arundhati Roy on Ambedkar, Gandhi and the battle against caste. Siddhartha Deb interviews Arundhati Roy, author of Capitalism: A Ghost Story, on India’s wealth divide and the impending elections. Meera Subramanian on India’s golden chance: Behind the headlines of sexual violence is a culture where girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood — how will the next generation break the cycle? On trains in India, there’s one place women can feel safe. Maha Rafi Atal on inequality, belief and elections in India: The world's largest democracy is voting, and the stakes are high.
A new issue of Enculturation is out. Rodney P. Mock (Cal Poly) and Nancy Shurtz (Oregon): The Turbotax Defense. Calvin H. Johnson (Texas): Horse Losses and Other Pleasures. From LARB, Adam Morris on the geopolitics of the Snowden files. David Rothkopf on Vladimir Putin's terrific, triumphant, all good, totally badass year. Kari Tuling reviews The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought by Willi Goetschel. The pleasure we take in beauty must have been shaped by evolution, but what adaptive advantage did it give us? Mohan Matthen wonders. From Edge, a symposium on the work of Daniel Kahneman. It is remarkable that no country has outlawed economics as a dangerous occupation on a par with drug dealing or murder for hire; the damage done to the world over the last seven years based on policies designed by economists has been incredible. Including the young and the rich: The White House hosts “next generation” philanthropists about to step into billions. Just because we lost the war doesn’t mean we stop doing media theory. Justice Scalia tells law students “perhaps you should revolt” if taxes become too high. Nate Silver on why a plan to circumvent the Electoral College is probably doomed. Jim Newell on the nonsensical sexism of the “Grandma Hillary” storyline (which is bringing out the worst in the political media). If it happened there: America awaits royal baby. On Obamacare, the Republican party has bet big on failure for four years; now the results are in, and they lost — big time (and part 2).
The inaugural issue of Violence and Gender is out. Ryan Schacht, Kristin Liv Rauch, and Monique Borgerhoff Mulder (UC-Davis): Too Many Men: The Violence Problem? Ying Jie Chen (NTU): Surplus Males and Societal Implications. Deniese Kennedy-Kollar (Molloy) and Christopher A. D. Charles (West Indies): Hegemonic Masculinity and Mass Murderers in the United States. Luke A. Boso (Savannah): Policing Masculinity in Small-Town America. Ann McGinley (UNLV) and William S. Boyd (Suffolk): How Masculinities Distribute Power: The Influence of Ann Scales. Kaitlin Clinnin (OSU): Playing with Masculinity: Gender Bending in Second Life. Michael J. Higdon (Tennessee): Marginalized Fathers and Demonized Mothers: A Feminist Look at the Reproductive Freedom of Unmarried Men. Jonathan Crowe (Queensland): Can Men Be Feminists? Mark Karlin on how America continues to suffer the male rage of the “white wing”. This American Bro: John Saward on a portrait of the worst guy ever. Erin Gloria Ryan on the United States of Bros: A map and field guide. Men, manliness, and being naked around other men: Richard Senelick on a culture that tells people to "man up" when it comes to nudity. Chris Hayes, pro athletes and “being a man”: Elizabeth Stoker on our demented masculinity debate. Does the rise of men’s sexual objectification = equality? Audra Schroeder on what society would look like if men experienced street harassment. Your friends and rapists: Sarah Nicole Prickett on how dick culture permits the crime. Hanna Rosin on why men are obsolete. Lydia DePillis on the end of men, in one chart. Men of the world, lean out! A mere six-pack doesn't cut it in Hollywood anymore; today's male stars need 5 percent body fat, massive pecs, and the much-coveted inguinal crease. David Brooks says Obama has “a manhood problem in the Middle East”.