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Ram Van Gaman Path: Who are you to decide our vision for development?

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Bodhi Ramteke What could be the priorities for any poorest state, where literacy rate is low, malnutrition level is high, having no proper educational & health infrastructure and other endless issues The vision before such a state should be to overcome those issues through framing and implementing good and constructive policies in a very democratic …


Discipline and Punish: A History of Impalement in Kerala and Tamil Nadu


  Umar Nizar The brutal murder of P. Jeyaraj and his son Beniks in police custody in Sathankulam in Tamil Nadu invokes the Nirbhaya case in its brutality, the only difference in this case being that the perpetrators were policemen. The atrocious and horrific nature of the torture and the brutalities inflicted upon the victims …


Why Brahminism survived even in the times of Corona

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Kalyani K COVID-19 as a pandemic has affected the population across geographies irrespective of people’s nationality, class, race, caste etc. The virus causes the same symptoms and can affect almost anyone. But can one claim COVID-19 virus is a global equalizer? The question needs a contextual understanding of the ways in which social realities around …


ಜನಾರ್ದನ ಪೂಜಾರಿಯವರಿಗೊಂದು ಪತ್ರ

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ದಿನೇಶ್ ಅಮೀನ್‌ಮಟ್ಟು ಪ್ರಿಯ ಜನಾರ್ದನ ಪೂಜಾರಿಯವರೇ, ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತೈದು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ನಿಮಗೊಂದು ಪತ್ರ ಬರೆದಿರುವುದು ನಿಮಗೆ ನೆನಪಿದೆಯೋ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ನೆನಪಿಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಅದರ ಪ್ರತಿಯನ್ನು ಕಳುಹಿಸಿಕೊಡುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಅದು ನಾರಾಯಣ ಗುರುಗಳು ಕುದ್ರೋಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿದ್ದ ಗೋಕರ್ಣನಾಥೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನದ ಜೀರ್ಣೋದ್ದಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀವು ತೊಡಗಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಕಾಲ. ಜೀರ್ಣೋದ್ದಾರ ಮಾಡಿದ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಲು ಶೃಂಗೇರಿ ಮಠದ ಸ್ವಾಮಿಗಳನ್ನು ಆಹ್ಹಾನಿಸಿರುವುದನ್ನು ನಾನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಿದ್ದೆ. ವರ್ಣಾಶ್ರಮ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಿ ನಾರಾಯಣ ಗುರುಗಳು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿದ್ದ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ವರ್ಣಾಶ್ರಮ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಈಗಲೂ ಪಾಲಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸ್ವಾಮೀಜಿಗಳಿಂದ ಹೇಗೆ ಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆಮಾಡಿಸುತ್ತೀರಿ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ನನ್ನ …


Revealing the ‘Male Teacher Authority Figure’

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  Nidhin Shobhana  ‘Every Image embodies a way of seeing’ – John Berger. He enters the giant classroom in his crisp white short kurta, he walks with an ease which inspires pensive and fearful silence; he is fair-skinned, well-fed and tall, and he speaks clearly with authority. One of the most powerful images of our …


First Day at the ‘National Tribunal – Violence Against Dalit Women in India’

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The National Tribunal – Violence against Dalit Women in India (on 30th September and 1st October, 2013, at the Constitution Club in New Delhi) was conceived in the hope that it would be ‘one small step in the long and arduous journey of Dalit women for reclaiming their rights‘. Asha Kowtal very succinctly expressed the …