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Casteism in India, A New Book by Stephen Knapp

Casteism in India has gotten a lot of criticism, and rightly so. Many look at it as a means for the upper castes to live a privileged life while keeping all lower castes oppressed without the means for upgrading themselves. Present day casteism is based on the idea that whatever caste your father was, that […]

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Book Review: Pyre,Author: Perumal Murugan

Book: Pyre Author: Perumal Murugan Translated from the Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Pages: 270 Price: Rs 399 The prose is deceptively simple and sparse. And yet it has the effect of hitting you hard like the blazing sun, the parched land, the rock, and the thorny karuvelum shrubs. A perfect setting in […]

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Talk like a Parsi by Chintan Girish Modi

Did you know that a baira master is a casanova, tumboo ma saheb means that someone is pregnant, andsuhrah chhuh noh kato is a euphemism for impotence? The news of a person’s death is announced aswicket puree guyee , an expert in cock-and-bull tales is termed a fekology master , and a never-ending story is […]

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Book Review: The Great Departu Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World. By Tara Zahra

EASTERN Europe is in the midst of a migration panic. Milos Zeman, the Czech Republich’s president, has called the influx of refugees to the continent an “organised invasion”; Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, warns that they may be carrying “very dangerous diseases”. But anxieties about migration in the region are […]

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Book Review: Muslims against Partition

Anand Teltumbde (tanandraj@gmail.com) is a writer and civil rights activist with the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai. Muslims against Partition: Revisiting the Legacy of Allah Bakhsh and Other Patriotic Muslims by Shamsul Islam; Pharos Media, 2015 Those who have somehow reconciled with the mythologised history of ancient India will surely be surprised […]

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15 specially abled persons awarded People of the Year by Limca Book of Records

Thirteen years ago, Rajive Rature was hit by a bullet in Kenya that left him visually impaired. But that didn’t stop the man from taking life head on. For over a decade, Rature has been working towards building legal knowledge of rights of persons with disabilities. He is now Asia Pacific head for Disability Rights […]