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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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Beyond the Fairy Tales of India

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  Braj Ranjan Mani There is little awareness about a more or less institutionalised arrangement of normalising, if not glorifying, the oppressive past from which the privileged continue to derive profit and pleasure. Invented histories, myth-making, and armoury of stereotypes merge to create convenient narratives and myths which masquerade as the history of India. The …

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Neobrahmanism, human rights and social democracy

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Braj Ranjan Mani (First published in 2009) The image of India is that of a democratic, multicultural, inclusive society. But more often than not, appearances are not reality. India is a republic—a secular, socialist, democratic republic—where millions of children, women and men remain demoralised, enslaved to the powerful, crying out for fundamentals of life. Fragmented …