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Articles by Urvashi Butalia

India's elites have a ferocious sense of entitlement

A revealing set of US studies has got Urvashi Butalia thinking about how the rich behave in Delhi.

Remembrance of things past

Urvashi Butalia learns some lessons from South Africa.

  • March 1, 2009
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Standing up to the State

View from New Delhi by Urvashi Butalia

  • June 1, 2008
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The Left’s betrayal

Urvashi Butalia feels betrayed by politicians on the Left who embrace globalization.

  • January 1, 2008
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The myth of the right moment

Urvashi Butalia examines the parallels with conflict in northern India.

  • December 1, 2007
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The landscape of the future

Urvashi Butalia on a cityscape of the future.

  • June 1, 2007
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Two signatures

A poem from Nepal.

  • January 1, 2007
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Caste and quotas

Urvashi Butalia on why there’s no level playing field when it comes to ‘merit’ in India.

  • October 1, 2006
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Garbage blues

Urvashi Butalia visits a friend in Tokyo who is besieged by Japan’s punitive new recycling legislation. Back in Delhi she wonders if the Indian approach to rubbish is any better.

  • November 1, 2005
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Small arms, big trouble

Why did scrap metal in a Delhi junkyard start exploding, killing some workers? Urvashi Butalia investigates the mystery and finds the world’s wars are affecting lives far removed from the battleground.

  • January 1, 2005
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The body as weapon

What prompted a group of middle-class Indian women to protest by stripping naked and marching to an army barracks? Urvashi Butalia explains.

  • September 1, 2004
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Sonia Gandhi's country

Following Sonia Gandhi's refusal of the Indian premiership, Urvashi Butalia delves into the meaning of ‘nationality'.

  • July 1, 2004
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Poverty and corruption

A young man’s death forces Urvashi Butalia to come to terms with corruption.

  • April 1, 2004
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Hot and bothered

Urvashi Butalia on how Indians, rich and poor, cope with the crushing summer heat.

  • September 1, 2003
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(S)word play

Urvashi Butalia reflects on how language is distorted and transmuted in war.

  • June 1, 2003
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An Indian by any other name

Is an Indian living in the US worth more than one living in the Gulf or, horror of horrors, Pakistan? Urvashi Butalia and the fundamentalist Indian Government are at odds.

  • March 1, 2003
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The Third Sex

Urvashi Butalia’s friend Mona is neither male nor female but from the third sex.

  • October 1, 2002
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Geetaben and Shakila

Urvashi Butalia expresses her despair over the mass killings in Gujarat, India.

  • July 1, 2002
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The price of life

Sometimes, says Urvashi Butalia, the terrorist trail can lead to your own front door.

  • November 1, 2001
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Overcoming fear of the ‘other’

Urvashi Butalia on Indians and Pakistanis overcoming their fear of each other.

  • August 1, 2001
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Learning to respect the aged

How India is losing its respect for the aged, by Urvashi Butalia.

  • May 1, 2001
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Domestic murder and the golden sea

India’s Urvashi Butalia starts her journey through the women’s century by recalling an incident chillingly close to home.

  • January 1, 1999
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