Religion

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The Other Refuses to Disappear

What the Rohith Vemula and Najeeb Ahmed cases tell us about how India’s relationship with its ‘others’ – the minorities – is pathologised by the enforcement of exaggerated discourse of difference amidst unrecognisably similar lives and cultural practices.

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In Search of Saint Teresa’s Miracle in Brazil

Shobhan Saxena travels to Brazil’s South Atlantic coast to look for the man whose miraculous recovery from a serious brain infection is being attributed to the nun from Kolkata – and comes across a story of faith, coincidence, medical inquiry and debates raging within the church.

A vigil in Kolkata showing solidarity with victims of the attack and the people of Dhaka. Credit: Reuters

Refusing Islam in Dhaka

Ishrat Akhond, a woman in the restaurant, refused even to identify herself as Muslim and court release. She abjured Islam itself as a global identity and mission, and in doing so recovered her particularity as a Muslim.