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Remembering Sir Alexander Cunnigham

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  Nishad Wankhade There comes many names to our mind when we talk about Buddhist revival in India, but Sir Alexander Cunningham isn’t one of them. He was instrumental in discovering and restoring major Buddhist sites including Sarnath, Sanchi, Kushinagar, Taxila and Mahabodhi Vihar. Sir Alexander Cunningham Sir ALexander Cunningham was an engineer in the British army, born on …

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Arundhati Roy’s introduction is a mockery of Dr Ambedkar’s AoC: Suresh Mane

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  Dr. Suresh Mane (Dr. Suresh Mane’s speech at the ‘The Colonization of Ambedkar: Caste Politics behind Roy- Navayana’s Appropriation of Annihilation of Caste ~ A Discussion’ held on 21st December, 2014, at University of Mumbai) Good afternoon friends, one day, restless Rahul met me at my office. He came with some anxiety, carrying along …

Assertion

Theatre, Spectacle and Politics of “Indian” imagination

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  Kaustubh Naik Attempts to rewrite, and often overwrite, historical narratives have to be always critically examined. This critical examination is especially important in timeswhen people learn their history through mediums which are motivated by agendas of various hues and colours. In light of this context, Vande Mataram, a play that was recently staged in …

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Remembering Jhalkari Bai, Dalit Hero of 1857 War against British

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  Upendra Sonpimple The war of 1857 was a rebellion against British colonial rule. The peculiarity of this confrontation consisted of the coming together of all sections of society, with the objective of freedom from the East India Company and their exploitation of the country. The event has left a deep imprint in the history …

Thought

Tilak Gandhi Golwalkar vs Phule Shahu Ambedkar

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  Dr. K. Jamanadas (First Published in September 2001) General Review About Bal Gangadhar Tilak, he was a great scholar of Sanskrit. He was a great leader of RADICALS, they used to call themselves “Nationalists” and leaders of whole country. He was called “Lokmanya” meaning “recognized by the people” and was projected as leader of …

Thought

Identity politics and the annihilation of castes

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Anand Teltumbde Identity, one’s sense of self and its persistence, as shaped through ascriptive and subjective processes, is natural to humans as social beings. Identity politics, however, is not natural. It is articulated through a persistent sense of discrimination and oppression, either innate or induced, along the axis of ‘defining’ one identity from among many. …

Educate, Agitate, Organize

The Chamcha Age (An Era of the Stooges)- 2

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by Kanshi Ram Continued from here. Part—I Prelude to Poona Pact ~~~~ The Initial Efforts From the very beginning of the 20th century, India witnessed great changes. In this changing India, the oppressed Indians were not to lag behind. The High Caste Hindus were fighting for Swarajya. The Oppressed Indians were struggling for self-respect. The …

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Elite Responses: Constructing ‘Hinduism’

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by Gail Omvedt ( An excerpt from the chapter ‘Colonial Challenges, Indian Responses and Buddhist Revival‘ from the book ‘Buddhism in India: Challenging Brahmanism and Caste‘) The response of the Brahmanic elite to colonial challenges was to emphasise the question of foreign rule and regain independence. The challenge of industrialisation and India’s material backwardness was …