• Does Contemporary Social Media Resemble the Panoptican in the Foucauldian Scheme? 1

    We want the readers to participate in the debate. Kindly send your responses soon. We will publish the best entries, and send them a set of our publications as a token of gratitude. Kindly send your reflection at

  • Empty Classroom: Is it the New Normal? 636030126840529220-526440906_o-EMPTY-CLASSROOM-facebook

    In this thought provoking article Professor Avijit Pathak who teaches sociology at JNU has raised a series of critical issues relating to the growing decline in the vibrancy of the classroom interaction in our times.

  • Learning to Fall 10711096485_76788520fa_b

    Philip Simmons’s book is a gift to all his readers who will draw many messages of life and death from his wonderful work. This inspirational book draws on everyday dilemmas and suggest alternative ways to look at lives problems in adversity.
    Philip Simmons

  • Prisoners Rediscover a World beyond Stigma in Shimla’s café-library 121122

    In Shimla prisoners serving life-term start Café-library and thus attract readers for whom books open up a world of new hope and positivity. Prisoner reformation in its new avatar is something we must widely replicate.

  • Jyotirao Phule: The Thinker Who Compelled us to Think jyotiba-phule-2_1_1

    Jyotirao Phule was an Indian thinker and activist who worked extensively for the upliftment of the downtrodden castes and initiated the process of educating the Dalit girl child. In a context hostile to change, his contributions were a radical departure from the oppressive caste hierarchy prevalent at that time. His ideas and contributions will continue to be cherished for many more years to come.

  • In Madhya Pradesh Children Compelled to Answer Roll Call with ‘Jai Hind’ attendance-644x362

    Children in Madhya Pradesh schools to answer roll call with ‘Jai Hind’ for the successful instillation of patriotism. Can compulsion generate heartfelt emotion?

  • Walking through the Lanes of Nostalgia Not very far from the place where the book market is held every Sunday is one of the largest mosques of India- the Jama Masjid. This gigantic and expanded structure was built in 1656 by Emperor Shah Jahan. It is built in traditional Islamic architecture and boasts of grandeur and beauty. Many people continue to come here to feel the peaceful vibrations of this holy site. Photography : Kabir

    The Daryaganj Sunday book market in Old Delhi is one where all book lovers should go. It is a market that stretches along the long footpath alongside the main road and boasts of books of all varieties from- medical and engineering guide books and sample papers, dictionaries, story and drawing books for children, travel and cookery books to fiction and non-fiction titles for all generations.
    Kavya Thomas and Kabir

  • LIVING MEMORY : Fidel Castro: Revolution is Love, Love is Revolution castro

    Cuba marks the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on November 25, 2017.

  • From UP to Odisha Train Accidents on the Rise Manikpur: Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday. PTI Photo(PTI11_24_2017_000004B)

    Four railway accidents in less than 12 hours have been reported from UP and Odisha. While this is disheartening for the masses who use the railways as their primary mode of transportation it is time that the nation-state took its priorities seriously and reminded itself that before bringing in bullet trains our regular trains ought to guarantee safety.

  • A Ray of Sunshine in the Dark 123

    An auto-rickshaw driver in Karnataka earns his livelihood in the day by dropping passengers from one destination to the other but at night he serves the needy by turning his vehicle into an ambulance free of cost.

  • Letters to Young Students Pursuing Humanities and Waiting for the Board Examination 12

    The New Leam has been working in the field of education for quite some time. It is happy to introduce a new column-a series of letters that Professor Avijit Pathak would write to young students pursuing humanities and social sciences at the school level. As an innovative pedagogic form, a letter of this kind is likely to arouse the imagination of students, and make them experience joy and meaning in learning-something that is becoming increasingly rare in an environment filled with utilitarian coaching centres and obsessive exam anxiety.

  • SIDDHARTA AND HIS JOURNEY TOWARDS AWAKENING Museo-Hermann-Hesse-Montagnola-5086-T10

    Herman Hesse was a German-Swiss writer and he received the Noble Prize in Literature in 1946. Siddhartha is one of his best known works and continues to hold relevance even in the contemporary times for its message of inner quest, peace and harmonic existence.
    Hermann Hesse

  • Why the Feminist Struggle Belongs to Men Too india

    Sexual violence, prejudice and the denial of basic rights to women are all reflections of the regressive patriarchal mind-set. Should the feminist struggle belong only to women?
    Rashi Dubey

  • Failure and the Act for the Right to Education IMGE 1

    Can children learn when there is no fear of failure? Are learning outcomes necessarily dependent on competitiveness and the perpetual sense of anxiety or can the right legislation achieve an educational milieu where quality education is possible in freedom and cooperation?
    Sheshagiri K M

  • Why Weekly Markets are Organically Indian Vendors and customers from near and far flock the weekly market and lend it an enlivened character that perhaps no other kind of market can ever replicate. Fresh farm produce at affordable rates accompanied with the myriad opportunities for entertainment such as a variety of food stalls and rides for children are enough to attract a huge crowd to these markets. The colours and fragrances of fresh vegetables and fruits lure customers and make these local markets the first preference for many lower middles class and subaltern customers- for whom the malls are both monetarily and psychologically inaccessible

    The neo-liberal market emphasises uniformity whereas the weekly market stands for complete chaos. While the mall gives you a sanitised shopping experience the weekly market engulfs you in its sense of festivity. Do weekly markets have a future in our smart-cities?

  • Shortage of Teachers in Government Schools in Delhi despite Vacancies The student-teacher ratio is central to the question of improved educational parctices

    An adequate student-teacher ratio is the cornerstone of quality teaching-learning process and without the appointment of a sufficient number of teachers in place education is bound to suffer. Will the insufficient recruitment of teachers be immediately addressed or will our government schools continue to suffer?
    Kavya Thomas