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The unkindest cut

Schoolchildren in front of the National AIDS Control Organisation's Red Ribbon Express before its launch, at Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi, on January 12, 2012. The government appears to be planning spending cuts on the National AIDS Control Programme.


The epic in a pixel

Director Rajan and Kumar Shahani in 'When the Bird became a Wave'.


Close-up and up close

Exterior shot of the prison wall in Necati Somez's

Squeezing the olives

The cell at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.


Prefiguring journalistic truth-telling

A still from the film “ Man with the Movie Camera ”. The work has long been hailed as a film-makers’ film.


The aesthetics and politics of representation

Trapped in a recession

Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s Economic Counsellor, in his foreword to the latest World Economic Outlook, goes against the IMF’s preferred prescription of deregulation and says there is scope to use debt-financed public expenditure for economic growth.

Critiquing nationalism

Mahatma Gandhi with Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan in 1940. Many of Tagore's creative works can be read as envisioning the emergence of someone like Gandhi, whose vision of the nation was inclusive and not exclusionist or jingoistic.


Noisy signals

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addressing volunteers on the occasion of Vijayadashami, in Nagpur on October 3. This was telecast live on Doordarshan.

Fighting for policy space

July 1944: The British economist Lord John Maynard Keynes (standing) addressing the Bretton Woods Conference. Seated are the representatives from Australia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the U.S. and France. The Bretton Woods architecture explicitly sought to support the policy goals of raising incomes, full employment and social security in the developed economies.

Economic Perspectives

Neoliberal anti-populism

Women desilting a pond under an MGNREGA scheme at Kuruman Chavadi village, Tamil Nadu. Expenditure on such schemes are called 'subsidies', while tax sops to corporates are called 'expenditures'.
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