The Crisis and Revanchist Resource Extraction

It is increasingly apparent that India is in the midst of an economic crisis. Most sectors are on a downward trajectory, the Rupee is in free-fall, and inflation has never really been adequately controlled despite government assurances. So much is clear from TV discussions and opeds in the last fortnight. It is, we are told,…

Africa: Environment and Development

It is an ongoing project of mine at AUD–and hopefully, of others elsewhere in India–to help augment/create capacities for learning/research on Africa. To this end, I’ve come up with a course (below) that gives an introduction to geography-history-political economy of the Sub-Saharan part of the continent, but of course, reflects my own interests too. I…

Himachal Pradesh: Back to Nature?

Published in Hardnews magazine (January, 2013) Judging by the newsprint and TV time devoted to the Gujarat elections, Narendra Modi has clearly been the hyped-up story of the assembly polls this winter, and his mythical development agenda thenarrative to beat. The carnage of 2002 has been all but buried in this one-dimensional hyperbole. However, the results…

The Socio-Environmental Politics of Mining in India

Published online here. The brutal murder of police officer Narendra Kumar Singh by minions of a mining mafia in the Morena District of Madhya Pradesh has brought the issue of mining and its entanglements with power firmly into the spotlight once more. In fact, barely a week passes before mining makes the headlines of Indian newspapers on matters…