Giving voice to the marginalised online: Oral history and the Sardar Sarovar Project

Often the struggles of rural communities challenge mainstream notions of development; however these are barely mentioned in mainstream history, if at all. Nandini Oza (Independent Researcher, India) explains how she has created a digital archive of the mass resistance against the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on the River Narmada in Western India through the oral … More Giving voice to the marginalised online: Oral history and the Sardar Sarovar Project

Tagore’s rivers were inseparable from flow: Unshackled, unbridled, a true ‘muktadhara’

By Parineeta Dandekar* “This life of mine’s been nurtured by a river In its arteries flow the gifts of mountain-peaks Its fields have been shaped by many alluvial layers Mysterious vital juices from diverse sources have spread themselves in harvests upon harvests From the east and the west networks of song-streams lull its sleep and … More Tagore’s rivers were inseparable from flow: Unshackled, unbridled, a true ‘muktadhara’

Combining religious luminosity with modern wisdom and learning

By Moin Qazi* Book Review: “Islam and God-Centricity: A Theological Basis for Human Liberation” (Book 1 and 2), by Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain, Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham These volumes are a compilation of transcribed and edited talks of Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain in which the essential message of Islam and Prophet Muhammad’s message of God-centricity is … More Combining religious luminosity with modern wisdom and learning

Change-makers in Kutch: How Dr Ambedkar touched the heart of the most marginalized

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* When Parma Bai put the red shawl on my shoulder as the programme was about to begin, I was overwhelmed. The other friends said that this is made by local Vanakar community person who was supposed to be participating in the training programme but could not come due to his own … More Change-makers in Kutch: How Dr Ambedkar touched the heart of the most marginalized

Interview: William Dalrymple’s relentless expose of the East India Company’s colonial grab

By Neeraj Nanda* William Dalrymple’s ‘The Anarchy – The Relentless Rise of The East India Company’, Bloomsbury, pp 522, released recently, is making global waves among readers. The India based Scottish writer is well known for his earlier prize-winning works, White Moguls, The Last Mogul and Return of a King among others. The author through … More Interview: William Dalrymple’s relentless expose of the East India Company’s colonial grab

‘An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab’

By Moin Qazi* As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to Prophet Muhammad ahead of the Prophet’s birthday, which falls on 9-10 November 2019.  This day, 1,430 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of … More ‘An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab’

Today Gandhi would have ask proponents of self driving cars to consider impact on cab drivers’ life

By Geoffrey Jones* and Sudev Sheth** Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated across the globe as an idealist who used civil disobedience to frustrate and overthrow British colonialists in India. The popularity of his nonviolent teachings – which inspired civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela – has obscured another important facet of his teachings: the … More Today Gandhi would have ask proponents of self driving cars to consider impact on cab drivers’ life