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.

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.