India’s Crackdown on Freedom of Information during the Pandemic:

Since the start of the pandemic, many countries have been accused of falsifying statistics and silencing whistleblowers; however, unsurprisingly, most of those countries were already infamous for curbing free speech even before the pandemic.  So, how did the pandemic worsen…

Interview with Venkatesh Geriti from Swatantrata Center in India

You are a Founder of Swatantrata Center, which is a policy think tank. Most of your work relates to youth politics and youth NGO work. Could you talk a bit about how Swatantrata Center is structured, and who the people…

Ethnic Nationalism on the Rise in India

Since the partition of India in 1947, India stood as a multicultural beacon in a culturally divisive region. While the Sinhalese fought the Tamils in Sri Lanka, and the then Burmese government fought a range of different ethnic groups, Nehru’s…

Corruption and mismanagement: a threat to democracy in South Asia

Citizens always expect the best from their leaders. They hope that their leaders will provide them with food, security, health and other basic necessities.  However, if they fail to deliver, public sentiment will gradually start to change, which could result…

Demessifying some Universities in India – Soumitra Subinaya

Indian residential colleges/universities provide food to the hostel students in the mess system. Many such universities of national character, including institutes of law, technology, management and so on, have messes that run on rent-seeking, free-riding and collective/singular coercion forcing surrender…