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Sahir Ludhianvi's Song for a 'New India': Circa 2022
Sahir's lyrics for the Hindi film 'Didi' (1959) continue to have great contemporary relevance.
Writers, Literatures, and Lessons from the Margins
Conversations between writers across India reveal similar processes of marginalisation spanning multiple communities. These insights offer ways for mutually empathetic relationships between people of…
Talking Film Icons, Understanding Society
What can social science researchers discover if they stepped out of rigid frameworks of understanding deprivation and asked ‘subjects’ about their joys and pleasures?
Reflections on Illness, the Body and the Mind
A 23-year-old reminisces about her 16-year-old self that was afflicted by a lifelong autoimmune illness, prompting recollections of the questions she asked herself then to make sense of life. There…
Some Reflections on Effective Teaching and Learning
A teacher of many decades in schools and colleges reflects on what students get energised by and what teachers could stimulate in their pupils.
The ‘Hindus’ and Anti-miscegenation Laws in the United States
From the early 20th century onwards, US Immigrants of South Asian origin—referred to as 'Hindus'—had to confront laws in many states against 'interracial' marriage. It wasn't…
Raindrop in the Drought
Godavari Dange developed a model of farming that enabled vulnerable women farmers in drought-struck Marathwada to stay food secure. Her life story captures the enormity of the region’s crisis, as…
Reetika Revathy Subramanian
Ye Olde Cold War Story
A homage by a disciple to John le Carre', the Master of spy fiction, in the form of a beginning of a new novel ‘The Spy Without a Country’. Readers can complete the novel and share the royalties…
Guru, Spy, or Lost Archduke?
Was John Orth a self-proclaimed ‘guru’ in the US in the early 20th century, or a one-time rug-dealer suspected of being a Russian spy, or perhaps the Austro-Hungarian archduke Johann Salvator himself…
Counter-Stories: Some Lessons for English Language Pedagogy
"The peak of language capacities is not in simply effective usage, but rather in giving language to that which is hitherto unsaid." An experiment in Bihar responds to the aspiration for…