Saturday, March 6, 2021

    R. Mahalakshmi

    6 POSTS
    Professor R. Mahalakshmi teaches ancient Indian history at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU.

    The Need to Look Beyond the Guru-Shishya Paradigm: The Need of Our Times

    While embedded in Indian cultural history, the Guru-Shishya parampara needs to be rethought and critically examined today not to condemn or praise but to delve deep into its roots.

    Maid, Domestic Helper, Servant or Worker: Terminology That Cannot Obfuscate Structural Exploitation

    No matter what terminology we choose, the exploitation and inherent hierarchy that separates mental and physical domains of work gets highlighted in the way we treat those who aid us in domestic chores.

    Exposing the Fragile Glasshouse Called ‘University’ Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

    The future is uncertain, and the present is fraught with difficulties. And that's what this pandemic has done - shown us the fragility of our glasshouses such as the ‘university’.

    Social and Political Meanings of Illness and Disease

    In these times of coronavirus, here is a look at the socio-socio-political connotations of illness and disease.

    The Churning of the Ocean: A Myth for All Times

    The epic myth about the churning of the ocean holds immense relevance even in the contemporary age. It reminds us that the elixir of life and the poison of existence co-exist at all times.

    R. Mahalakshmi

    6 POSTS
    Professor R. Mahalakshmi teaches ancient Indian history at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU.


    What was Behind Gandhi’s Success with the Salt Satyagraha in 1930 and the Failure of the Non-Cooperation Movement in the 1920s?

    Gandhi’s leadership and his ability to bring together people from diverse backgrounds is reflected across the movements he initiated, why then were some successful and others not equally so?

    Bargained Livelihoods During the Pandemic:Understanding the Condition of Women Tribal Vendors in Odisha’s Koraput

    The plight of  tribal women vendors has deteriorated due to the pandemic and the lockdown which has impacted their livelihoods and access to entitlements.

    Donald Trump’s Supporters and Our Farmer

    At a time when Donald Trump’s supporters are attacking the foundations of democracy, our farmers are arousing hope, and teaching us the art of nonviolent resistance to remind the rulers of the discontents of potential authoritarianism.

    JNU: A Wounded Space

    On this fateful day last year, JNU witnessed an organized attack on students and teachers inside the campus premises. Even after a year, the question remains : can the spirit of the university be restored?

    2021: Can We Say ‘No’ to the Cult of Narcissism? 

    From the traumatic pain of psychic bewilderment to the light of resistance—we passed through diverse experiences in 2020. As we welcome 2021, is it possible to nurture the spirit of love and justice?