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Socialism after Gore and the old guard

There is no dearth of citizens’ movements for rights today. But do they have the ideological frame, the vision of society, economy and politics that Mrinal Gore and her generation of socialist leaders had, which could weave disparate struggles into a larger transformative force, asks Rajni Bakshi

Mrinal Gore socialist and women’s rights leader


Queer beauty

By Abhijit Kondhalkar

Pahal, a beauty parlour for gay and trans people run by young transgender Simmy since 2009, is also a drop-in centre providing counselling, comfort and warmth to a community in desperate need of acceptance

Pahal Foundation Gay community


In Vinoba's footsteps: Tribute to Eli Gadkar

Jyoti Punwani profiles Eli Gadkar, the quintessential Sarvodaya worker whose every action was informed by the values of non-violence and swarajya, and by the lives and thoughts of Tolstoy, Ruskin, Gandhi and most of all, Vinoba Bhave


"Being Indian, you have no right to be cynical"

Mahasweta Devi, the formidable literary talent and relentless fighter of many causes, talks to Anosh Malekar about the inequity in our society and why it’s necessary for every Indian to raise a voice against injustice


Interpreter of dreams

By Moushumi Basu

Ramnika Gupta of Jharkhand is a chronicler of marginal cultures. She has scoured the country to document the wonderful diversity of tribal literature that goes back 3,000 years, told in 90 known tribal languages in India


Niti, nyaya and perfect justice

By Rashme Sehgal

The theory of justice must be more concerned with the elimination of removable injustices than with defining a hypothetical perfectly just society, says Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in an interview to Infochange


Laxmi Orang's fight for justice

By Ratna Bharali Talukdar

Undeterred by the brutal attack on her during a public rally, Laxmi Orang wants to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Tezpur in Assam to ensure the voice of her Adivasi community is heard in the corridors of power


'Women are the strongest critics of fundamentalist groups'

By Rajashri Dasgupta

Pakistani social activist Khawar Mumtaz talks about the importance of resolving conflict and the role that women can and have played in bringing about a more just and equitable society


Vijay Tendulkar: An artist and an activist

By Amrita Shah

Renowned playwright, novelist and activist Vijay Tendulkar, who died on May 19, discusses, in this interview recorded last year, the role and responsibilities of the artist, the importance of freedom of expression, and the frightening dichotomies of our times


Irom Sharmila: Eight years on, and still fighting

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

A profile of the unique rebel who is fighting for a repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur, by the author of a new book on Irom Sharmila


'My fasting is a means; I have no other'

By Kavita Joshi

Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on a fast for six years demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, is currently in custody at AIIMS, New Delhi. In this interview with a filmmaker, she discusses her motivation