Matsyagandha, published in 1987, is celebrated for Borgohain’s ability to depict untouchability and the vicious grip of kani or opium.
In most English literature courses of whatever period, the writers taught are white, largely English and largely male.
Traditional birth attendants play a central role during pregnancies, childbirth in remote areas. But due to the government’s push towards institutional deliveries, younger women have stopped taking up the profession.
Despite being the only community to preserve Rajasthani traditions, the Manganiyars have lived with fear, exploitation and thwarted aspirations.
Nearly one in ten Indians is over 60 years old, a fact often lost amid the economic bombast of India’s ‘demographic dividend’.
In Hindi cinema, the Dalit, as a person, remained distant from the normal imagination of a civilised person. Newton , and some films before it, have attempted to break this cycle.
The original meaning of triage is to sort according to quality and the term is most familiar today in the medical context of determining the urgency of treatment required.
We can learn from songbirds how to use social feedback and recursions to guide improvements in small steps, over iterations.
Increased healthcare expenses and lack of access to hospitals prompted a women’s collective in UP to run a biweekly village clinic on family subscriptions.
While the potters comprise only Muslims, they deal primarily with Hindu wholesale dealers who truck away pots in bulk.
Gandhi will survive the state-sponsored assault on ahimsa only if we find the Mahatma within us.
Since 2011, the percentage of unaccompanied children among Egyptian irregular migrants reaching Europe has been remarkably high.
Studies show people rarely considered the possibility of a person doing something immoral, seeing it not just bad or undesirable – but in fact, impossible.
Eminent Arakan historian Jacques P. Leider talks about the historical context of the Rohingya conflict.
When sentences were spoken with an accent, listeners were more inclined to interpret them in a more plausible way, than when they were spoken in standard American English.
Designing and building the temporary pavilions that house the deity during West Bengal’s biggest annual festival remains the preserve of rural artisans – chiefly farmers and folk artists.
From Trump and Brexit to Black Lives Matter, people are recording protests around the world to create a new soundtrack of dissent.
This week, the Time Machine looks at the mythology surrounding Durga and traditions of goddess worship.
A tourist generally has an eye for the things that, through repetitive familiarity, have become almost invisible to the resident.
For the majority, everyday issues like job and food security beat concerns about war with their nuclear neighbour. The minority find solace in spiritualism.
For IS militants, unlike Socrates, only an “unexamined life” is worth living.
Resistance should be free of uniformity, as much as our polity must be reflective and respectful of our diversity.
Yes, Batla House is a ghetto, but it is so much more than just that.
A Rajya Sabha committee led by Sushma Swaraj in 1997 first recommended that these refugees from Bangladesh be granted Indian citizenship.
In fact, Sirleaf’s brand of femocracy – a term coined by Nigerian feminist scholar Amina Mama – has severely stifled women’s political participation.
Apartheid restrictions and the defiant, joyful freedom of the group’s music meant gigs were scarce and the human tensions of operating in such a climate were corrosive.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
The move came following an order of the Supreme Court, which in 2015 had directed the central government to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees, mostly staying in Arunachal Pradesh.
If we are to find our way out of the dystopia we inhabit, we must look to other imaginings. Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World have drawn for us only a canvas of despair.
This week: Are city-states in the middle of the ocean of our future, the inner lives of nannies and cab-drivers in NYC and ‘A Poem for Gauri’.
Meet the son who is a sore trial to all father figures and patriarchs – the biological father, guru, rulers or politicians. Harishankar Parsai (1924-1995) is once again at his satirical best.
Each individual, if acting in pure self-interest, would choose not to cooperate. Yet cooperation by everyone leads to greater prosperity for all.
Human Rights Watch interviewed over 50 Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh, who recounted harrowing tales of fleeing violence.
Despite widespread accusations against the Myanmar government of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas, India has planned to deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees.
The South Asia Media Defenders Network has urged the Indian media and civil society groups to pursue a robust campaign to ensure that there is no let-up in the investigation.
How can India, a country which has hosted refugees ever since its foundation as a nation, deport thousands of people based on their ethnicity and faith?
Malayalis are committed to celebrating it how they always have – irrespective of caste and community.
Through their work, farmers in Odisha’s Nuapara district are showing the need for eco-friendly agriculture and self-reliance in rural farming communities.
Eid al Adha or Bakri Eid has been celebrated across the world with grandeur throughout history and this continues even today.
In a remote tribal district of Gadchiroli, a system of introspective education is successfully motivating and working with young individuals to make the nation a better place.