Many attempts have been made to modernise the Mahalaya, but Bengalis still retain their love for the first one recorded for Akashvani in 1932.
Latin America’s murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
Recent incidents of violence against African students not only harm India’s international image but are the tip of a huge civilisational iceberg that only sustained introspection of national identity can address.
Around the world, tradition often opposes equality. But when it comes to the question of gender equality, such situations can become volatile. That’s what happened in Nagaland, India this February.
The Sukma superintendent of police apparently made the comments at a function organised by an automobile company.
Suicide bombings in Pakistan are now an occasion to outsource blame and not look inward to fix what’s wrong.
A tea garden worker in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal runs a unique ‘bike ambulance’ free of cost for villagers. He was recently awarded the Padma Shri.
Despite emphasis on ’empowerment’ over ‘entitlements’, which comes with its own set of problems, health and education remain invisible in the Modi government’s social policy agenda.
This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.
Efforts are being made to integrate traditional skills, such as puppetry and acrobatics, into socially relevant programmes and campaigns.
Muslims in India live in constant fear. To bring about social reforms, it is first necessary to create a congenial atmosphere. Unfortunately, the Modi government has miserably failed on this front.
Suchetgarh residents, whose lives have seen numerous disruptions due to the prolonged India-Pakistan conflict, rue that they have been left to fend for themselves without any government support.
Forced to cancel a major cultural event, the Thadou have been made to feel like outsiders in their own country.
As the Delhi Development Authority continues its resettlement drive, several residents claim that the authorities are forcing them out of the colony without addressing their fears of inadequate housing.
The Nyishi community — who traditionally wore the magnificent hornbill beaks as part of their traditional headgear — are now actively protecting the birds in Arunachal Pradesh
There are concerns among the Christian community in the region about the gazetted holiday being diluted on account of government functions in celebration of Good Governance Day.
To oppose the forest department’s plan to limit open grazing, the pastoral community is formally pursuing their collective land rights through the Forest Rights Act.
A subaltern community with a gender-fluid identity, jogappas receive social reverence but have few economic opportunities.
By demanding an immediate ban on the decor of Goregaon Social, a Mumbai restaurant, the so-called representatives of the Catholic community have played into the hands of majoritarian nationalists.
The residents of the breathtaking Neelum Valley only want peace, so that they can go on with their lives and livelihoods without constant fear.
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.
The Republican Hindu Coalition may have tried to galvanise support for Donald Trump, but unless a majority of Indian-Americans suddenly start believing in a ‘Trump sarkar’, it won’t be the ‘Hindu’ vote that leads him into the White House.
Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut book is a rite-of-passage tale of a Sikh migrant who defies all labels of religion, cultural and identity.
For a community that trades in oxen, the rise in cow vigilantism has meant a loss of livelihood. Continued apathy from the state hasn’t helped.
Punjabi Christians across Pakistan continue to fight for their identity and respect.
A “social experiment” in a Delhi neighbourhood is questioning the standard segregated housing practices of Hindus and Muslims.
Where are we headed as a society when a Muslim cannot pay his honest respects to the ‘Imam-e-Hind’ Lord Ram just because of his religious faith?
In eastern UP, for instance, Hindus join their Muslims neighbours during Muharram processions so that the group does not look small.
The board’s arguments in favour of triple talaq betray a lack of self-awareness and ignore a multiplicity of views held by Muslims in the country.
Most villagers cannot afford to start a fresh life away from the zero line, and bear the brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan.
A film that looks at the town and its politics, and the issues that affect it, beyond the binaries of Hindu versus Muslim.
A conversation with the minorities commission member Farida Abdullah Khan about Assam’s handling of ‘illegal immigrants’, the multi-sectoral development programme and eviction-related violence in Kaziranga.
The immediate trigger is a rape of a Maratha girl, but the community has many other demands and grievances
A nervous Gujarat government does not want to take any chances while Narendra Modi is visiting the state to celebrate his birthday.
The complete control exercised by the dominant religious and caste groups cannot go on for ever; when the pressure gets too much, the victims hit back
Some of Hardik Patel’s close allies are quitting his organisation, but that is no solace for the BJP
Growth rate among Muslims is slowing down faster than among Hindus and this fact is widely known
Hundreds of caste panchayats exercise a strong hold on their communities and their verdicts cannot be questioned or reported to the police.
The Hindu-Muslim relationship needs to exhaust its ethical possibilities, not by disregarding or forgetting history but hearing what it constantly fails to tell us about each other.
A photo feature from Churachandpur.