Jawaharlal Nehru University
Gargi College, Delhi University
  • The essays study from different perspectives, the much discussed and crucial topic of social discrimination, and particularly Dalit exploitation. The work is highly interdisciplinary in nature-relevant for several subjects and disciplines such as political science, sociology, Dalit studies, minority studies, women's studies, anthropology, law, economics This work specifically sets out to explore contemporary manifestations of discrimination that persist in our society through institutions and th…Read more
  • The Oxford Handbook of Secularism (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2016.
    This chapter examines the historical emergence of secularism through movements, debates, and legal formulations to explain specific features that the concept has acquired in the context of India. The first part examines the tensions between the theoretical narratives of Indian constitutionalism and the practices of politics that led to the acceptance of certain essential conditions of secularism. The approach towards secularism found in writings of Nehru, Gandhi and Ambedkar are then discussed. …Read more
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    An embedded ideology of the religious-secular binary in its various forms has assumed currency in recent continental and Anglo-American political thought. This ideology highlights the difference between religion under modernization, broadly defined by the secularization thesis, and that of religious revival in a period characterized by postsecularism. It reflects the rise of new epistemologies and the dissolution of the antinomies between faith and reason characteristic of a postsecular culture.…Read more
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    The book is involved in tracking the trajectory of group justice from the colonial period to the present to examine how it informs ideas, practices and debates on discrimination, disadvantage and backwardness today. Historically there has always been interest in a model of group justice in India as opposed to the individual justice model that relies mostly on the anti-discrimination principle. After outlining the historical context for reservations for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes that …Read more
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    Engendering Development. Limits of Feminist theories and Justice,
    Economic and Political Weekly 34 (49): 5246-5252. 2004.
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    Conceptualising Social Exclusion: New Rhetoric or Transformative Politics?
    Economic and Political Weekly (9): 89-97. 2011.
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    Reinterpreting Buddhism: Ambedkar on the Politics of Social Action.
    Economic and Political Weekly 56-65. 2010.
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    Social Justice is a concept familiar to most Indians but one whose meaning is not always understood as it signifies a variety of government strategies designed to enhance opportunities for underprivileged groups. By tracing the trajectory of social justice from the colonial period to the present, this book examines how it informs ideas, practices and debates on discrimination and disadvantage today. After outlining the historical context for reservations for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes…Read more
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    A careful and wide-ranging assessment of the notion of justice in the Marxist tradition is provided by this book. Vidhu Verma demonstrates that Marx's analysis of exploitation provides a fruitful starting point to analyze current social conflicts. She examines three main themes: what she calls Marx's "critical non-juridical" concept of justice; different theories about what justice is in the context of social change; and the relevance of Marx's theory in the contemporary world in which new socia…Read more