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East Meets West Through Rokeya – by Shaheen Choudhury Westcombe

    Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein has inspired and changed the lives of many women. A muslim feminist writer and educationalist, she campaigned for equality, peace, social justice, harmony and an eco-friendly world. Born in 1880, in colonial Victorian India in Rangpur, now in Bangladesh, she fought a lonely battle to create a better society and […]

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Tibet: The Gandhi Way – by Anupma Kaushik

Tibet represents one of the unresolved problems of the world. On the one hand are the Tibetans led by the Dalai Lama who claim that Tibet was an independent country which was annexed by a stronger neighbour, i.e. China. They also claim that their efforts for finding a solution through peaceful negotiations are not reciprocated […]

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Satyagraha Of The Mind – by Bulu Imam

What is Intellectual Satyagraha? The Satyagraha of the Mind is where the war for truth is sought to be settled in the mind of the aggrieved even before a chance for confrontation arises. Confrontation is where violence, including non-physical violence such as verbal abuse and threats, begins at some point owing to the power of […]

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Major Victory for Dongria Kondh Adivasis Against Vedanta’s Mining Plans

Jairam Ramesh, India’s Minister for Environment and Forests, has handed a major victory to campaigners working to protect the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa from planned bauxite mining by the British-registered company Vedanta. Activists in the region had faced violence and intimidation from police and armed gangs. The campaign, using which included Intellectual Satyagraha type methods […]

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Mahatma Gandhi: A Father with No Nation – by Bhikhu Parekh

Mahatma Gandhi has most probably realised his ambition of attaining moksha [spiritual liberation] and is unlikely to return to earth. However, should he do so, he would be deeply disturbed by many aspects of contemporary India. He would be shocked at the corrosive corruption that has spread to all walks of life and eroded the […]

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Indian Secularism Revisited – by Antony Copley

A very distinctive Indian version of secularism has underpinned India since independence and is the critical guarantee in the continuing existence of its multi-cultural pluralist society. Were it to weaken then terrifying forces of communal violence are always at risk of breaking out. These thoughts are prompted by the Olympian lecture on this theme by […]

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Searching for Justice and Peace in Eastern Central India – by Felix Padel

People outside India as well as inside it are becoming aware that there are thousands of local movements of people trying to save their land from being invaded and taken over by big corporations, and the contractors, subcontractors, NGOs, media firms, biofuel and seed companies, banks, hedge fund/private equity fund investors and others who serve […]

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