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Onam for Adivasis: Celebration of exclusion, betrayal and exploitation?

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  Narayanan M Sankaran (Translated from Malayalam by Joseph Antony) ‘Onam is the National festival of Malayalis’. It is a sentence one learns or is rather made to learn to write and speak from school days onwards. During my childhood, and for many years after that, Onam stood for exciting times for the sole reason …

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Asura Week, Pride and a Few Reflections

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  Reju George Mathew Who are the Asuras? What is their relation with the Dravidas? Aren’t these some stories from the Puranas and some assumptions from the past? Let’s forget all those. But, we cannot ignore them easily when, for the past few months or years (let’s also forget the Dravidian movement and other identity …

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The Murder of Dalit-Bahujan King Mahabali and the Myth of Onam

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James Michael (For Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes) Onam is the only national festival of Kerala that has assumed a universal secular character. Other popular festivals like Christmas or Bakrid are closely identified with particular religions like Christianity and Islam. Although many Keralities participate in non-Hindu festivals, Onam assumes its certain universality in terms of …