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Modi, BJP, Sangh Parivar and gang spell callousness

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  Sundeep Pattem (SAVARI and Round Table India are doing a series to put together the Bahujan perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic) [The conversation was recorded on April 12, 2020] Anu Ramdas: Give me a big picture of how information flows in the US, between the federal government and state governments and how people receive …

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Eklavya and Karna: An Understanding of Discrimination against Marginalised in Indian Education System

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Ritu Mahabharata and Ramayana are considered as the biggest epics (Mahakavya) of India. These are back in popular discussion with the reruns of their TV serials on Doordarshan amid the Covid-19 crisis. Those who have access to television are watching the serials with great interest as shown by the rising TRPs of Doordarshan. Coming to …

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Caste, Shambuka and Marginalized Reinterpretations of The Ramayana

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  Emma Leiken  A tapasvi is to be venerated, whoever it may be. ~ Kuvempu, (Shudra Tapasvi) For many staunch devotees of Rama within the Hindu tradition, the Shambuka incident within The Ramayana is an illegitimate part of the canon. This is the case, because for many, the Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s standard Ramayana telling (which …

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Spinning Wheel: From Gandhi to Modi

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  Naveen (Nijam) Gara Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture replacing that of M K Gandhi at the charkha in an official annual calendar has kicked up a storm. Modi baiters have pounced upon this egregious ‘offence’ that the eternal propagandist has committed. It was one thing to appear on Reliance jio advertisements but to supersede …

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Bhagvad Gita – What kind of morals does it preach?

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  Pardeep Attri Few days back, Akram Hussain’s painting of Krishna that was on display at Ravindra Bhavan in Guwahati’s State Art Gallery was taken off after protest from right wing groups. The painting portrays Krishna standing by a bar and getting intimate with some bikini clad women. I have never been interested in reading …