Green and Saffron: Hindu Nationalism and Indian Environmental Politics

My book Green and Saffron is just out. The book details and an interview  are on the blog of Permanent Black. From the publishers’ notice: This book examines contemporary environmental issues and movements in independent India on the one hand, and the development of Hindu conservative ideology and politics on the other. It includes the first thorough … More Green and Saffron: Hindu Nationalism and Indian Environmental Politics

The Making of an Authority: Anna Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi

(I am posting a much longer version of my previous article that will also respond to some of the queries and comments. This article is based on my research, field work and interviews in Ralegan Sidhi since 1991.) This article is focussed mainly on understanding how exactly the rural environmental works in the journey of … More The Making of an Authority: Anna Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi

Bhopal Disaster, Corporate Responsibility and Peoples’ Rights

2 December 2009 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster. It was the night of 2nd December 1984 when over 35 tons of toxic gases leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, owned by the US based multinational Union Carbide Corporation (UCC)’s Indian affiliate Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL). In the next 2-3 … More Bhopal Disaster, Corporate Responsibility and Peoples’ Rights

My Name is Not Khan

Migration is a matter of my life. I first moved to Delhi to pursue my education. Later, I had to often leave my country to work. Immigration grew, and increasingly became tiring for me – various counters, security checks, scanning, and questions began scaring me. I carry a few baggages, but I think my family … More My Name is Not Khan