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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

’ of emerging relations between human bodies and wasted things. Studying an emerging waste regime: Narendra Modi's ‘Clean India’ If my field were defined by one past binding event, it would be the 1994 ‘plague’ in Surat, 265 kilometres south of

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Aesthetic politics in contemporary India

Nikita Simpson

aesthetics of India's public sphere are significantly changing (see Jaffrelot 2021 ). Since the turn of the millennium, and particularly since the election of Narendra Modi in 2014, India has seen a new nationalist movement grip the public sphere. This

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Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

lockdown that has seen much of their work deemed non-essential. Based in Gujarat, a long-time laboratory for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's experimentation with a distinctively ‘Hindu’ form of neoliberal developmentalism, Dey looks at how a pre

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The Rise of Despotic Majoritarianism

Benjamin Abrams

government fealty among ordinary Brazilians and saw a corresponding surge in political support (despite Bolsonaro having in fact opposed the generosity of the payments; see Phillips 2020 ). In India, meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made

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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

practices, I argue for a renewed understanding of what constitutes work and the intimate space that is the home. The Work of Home On 24 March 2020, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, appeared on TV at 8:00 pm and announced that from midnight

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Securing Identity via History

Majoritarian Frameworks of History Writing in Rajasthan

Pradyumna Jairam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed that “no government has honored Ambedkar as fulsomely as this administration,” 66 it is surprising that he is not remembered as fondly in the BJP textbooks. From the many leaders presented in the year eight

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Toward a Grounded Theory of Democracy

A Trial Using Political Speeches from Different Times, Places, and Contexts

Rolf Frankenberger and Daniel Buhr

Narendra Modi (Doc 17) (Doc 10) Latin America Simon Bolivar Fidel Castro Hugo Chavez (Doc 15) (Doc 05) (Doc 06) North America Thomas Jefferson Martin Luther King Bernie Sanders (Doc 01) (Doc 03

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The Case of India

A Moral Foundation for the Impact of COVID-19 on Health and Society in the World's Largest Democracy

Sony Pellissery, Vijay Paul, Khushi Srivastava, and Drishti Ranjan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing world leaders at the World Economic Forum's Davos Dialogue, announced that India was successful in the fight against COVID-19 and that the “country has saved humanity from a big disaster by containing corona

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Book and Film Reviews

Valdis Tēraudkalns, Graham Harvey, Vera Lazzaretti, Nélia Dias, Rebecca Janzen, Amanda Lanzillo, Sandhya Fuchs, Zoë Slatoff, Karen O'Brien-Kop, Lu Liu, Marco Guglielmi, Elizabeth Coville, Aurora Donzelli, and Dana Rappoport

in 2002 in Gujarat against Indian Muslims has been widely documented and debated. So too has the role of state institutions and, prominently, Gujarat's then Chief Minister and current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 2023 BBC documentary