Category India

Remembering Dr Abhay Xaxa, 1983-2020

“So I draw my own picture, and invent my own grammar, I make my own tools to fight my own battle, For me, my people, my world, and my Adivasi self!”   With sadness we remember our friend and colleague, Dr Abhay Xaxa, who passed away on March 14th. Abhay was an educator, leader, and […]

Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu: Textile livelihoods under threat

by Geert De Neve **Reprinted by permission from the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme.** On the 24th of March 2020, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a complete national lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 on the subcontinent. While this brought the movements of more than 1.3 billion people to an almost immediate halt, many […]

Liminality: Unfixed Culture, Unfixed Selves

by Gertrude Lamare It was June of 2015, and we were on the road, travelling down to Umwang village in Assam, to witness the completion of a much-delayed burial of a woman who had died a hundred years ago. She was a member of the Makdoh clan of the Khasi-Bhoi tribe. Umwang village technically fell […]

Review: The Darjeeling Distinction

By Peter Luetchford ** Reprinted from Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies Sarah Besky’s informative monograph on tea plantations in the northern Indian district of Darjeeling fills a gap in the literature on Fair Trade commodities, and so complements ethnographic studies such as those on coffee, bananas, and chocolate . It plays a key […]

What a ballot-rigging conspiracy theory says about India’s toxic political climate

by Nayanika Mathur **Reprinted from The Conversation.** The headline story from India’s recent provincial elections was the staggering victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state of Uttar Pradesh. But a range of politicians and observers, however, have claimed it wasn’t Modi’s charisma that won it for the BJP, but rigged voting […]

Review: Ayya’s Accounts

**Review first published in Pacific Affairs 1926, Vol 89 (3): 696-698.** by Geert De Neve Ayya’s Accounts is a most wonderful product of listening, narrating and co-writing between Anand Pandian, an anthropologist of Tamil descent born and bred in the US, and his grandfather, Ayya – as he is respectfully called by the family – […]

The Violence of Capital

by Andrew Sanchez Since 2006 I have conducted research in Jamshedpur, the industrial company town of the Tata Corporation in eastern India. My work interrogates the systemic relationship between criminality and modern capitalism, and considers how people use languages of corruption to articulate their experiences of class. I question the assumption that capitalism is only […]