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Caste in a New Mould

Caste in a New Mould

Published: August 4, 2018 6:23:12 am Though the book is profoundly political, the chapters are based on a deep understanding of the history of the conceptual trajectories in each subject.   Written by Surinder S. Jodhka ‘Beneath the veneer of a modern, developing, superpower India remains a republic of caste’. These words ...

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A new horizon in Dalit writing | books | guest writers

A new horizon in Dalit writing | books | guest writers

In the summer of 1976, the rape and murder of a young woman in Karnataka’s Kolar district sent shockwaves through the state. The victim hailed from the impoverished kumbhara community of potters classified as OBC (Other Backward Class) in the state, and the family had little resources to survive, let alone ...

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Excerpt: Pakistan Adrift; Navigating Troubled Waters by Asad Durrani | books | excerpts

Excerpt: Pakistan Adrift; Navigating Troubled Waters by Asad Durrani | books | excerpts

350pp, Rs 699; Westland Not many tears were shed when Musharraf left, even though his period was marked by some positive developments, especially on the economic front. It was not a comfortable decision for people like me to join the movement for his removal. I had known him for a ...

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Excerpts: Zen and the Art of Happiness | books | excerpts

Excerpts: Zen and the Art of Happiness | books | excerpts

One of the greatest obstacles between you and happiness is stress. By stress I mean a feeling in your mind of fear, anxiety, distress, worry, unease, or foreboding caused by using your mind to imagine a bad outcome to a past, present, or future event or situation. Nothing else causes ...

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Naveen Patnaik: Novice To Novelty

Naveen Patnaik: Novice To Novelty

Naveen Patnaik By Ruben Banerjee Juggernaut | Rs: 599 | Page: 226 The twin-engine helicopter flew low, skirting over swathes of hills, valleys and fields. Having taken off from Bhubaneswar, the chopper was headed towards Thakurmunda, a speck of a town in the state’s interiors. From that height, the ground ...

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New book traces history of Sikhs, Parsis, Bohra Muslims who made Shanghai home | india news

New book traces history of Sikhs, Parsis, Bohra Muslims who made Shanghai home | india news

A new book tracing the history of Indians who lived and worked in Shanghai in the middle of the 19th century could rekindle interest in a mostly forgotten chapter of ties between India and China. The bilingual book, ‘Stray Birds On The Huangpu: A History Of Indians In Shanghai’, will ...

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The datafied ‘us’ – Frontline

The datafied ‘us’ - Frontline

DATA once meant tabulated or graphed information about people and events obtained by ploughing through a huge volume of mathematical representations. This meaning of data has morphed into imperceptible, machine-breeding statistical categorisations that govern us and the world. Today, data about individuals are where tech companies and the state put ...

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An artist as an anarchist

An artist as an anarchist

A FEW minutes into the conversation with the author-poet-translator A.J. Thomas, whose Like A Psalm…, the English translation of Perumpadavam Sreedharan’s Malayalam novel Oru Sankeertanam Pole has hit the market, one realises that speaking to him is like peeling an onion—revealing layer after layer before one gets to understand the ...

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Vision for the future – Frontline

Vision for the future - Frontline

I WAS skeptical when I started reading Alternative Futures: India Unshackled edited by Ashish Kothari and K.J. Joy. In the early 1990s when I worked at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, the Centre actively publicised and promoted the “alternative” decentralised community-based natural resource management model practised in ...

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‘Come, Sister Fatima…’ – Frontline

‘Come, Sister Fatima...’ - Frontline

I AM spring-cleaning the house as I do every year just before Diwali. I drag superfluous things out of the house to the courtyard. I want to make full use of Sunday. I have also managed to get the children to cooperate. They enjoy dragging out old shoes, empty bottles, ...

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