This special issue, focusing on the emerging forms of intimacies in contemporary India, is an attempt to understand/address the anxiety behind the changing notion/nature of belonging. What causes or inhibits intimacy and what restricts or disfigures one’s identity of belonging? Questions have been asked, if at all the transformation in the modes of intimacies--resulting from ‘non-normative’ ties, rise of alternative socio-cultural doctrines, new communication technologies and/or transnational media, and thereby giving rise
to intimate spaces/ intimate settings for intimate encounters—have in actuality, paved way for transversal and emancipatory structures that can politically challenge the hegemonic, traditional, Indian concepts/norms of belongings, erstwhile restricted to the rigid
boundaries of class, caste, religion, (dis)ability and normative conformity.