Even today, we come across reports of Chamars, or Dalits in general being harassed, beaten or even murdered by the majority or people in power, for messing with the ‘caste rules’.
Like insecure, poor and illiterate people everywhere the Bengali Muslim peasants were featured by a pathetic superstitious belief in religious faith. The great majority of Muslims in Bengal spoke Bengali though, they couldn’t read or write it. Urdu was like Greek to them!
The oldest female or the ‘ginni’ looked after the household stores, arranged meals and supervised the behaviour of the other females. The smooth functioning of a Bengali household depended on the degree of harmony among its womenfolk.
Zomia is knitted together not by a political unit, but by diverse culture, dispersal mobility and egalitarianism. The focus on Zomia as a vast interstate massif arises because of its importance as the most significant complex catchment zone for refugees from state, making projects in the valley. Continue reading Navigating Zomia: Negotiating quasi-independence
In accordance with the 1919 Firman, Hyderabad Civil Service Committee was established and as a personnel agency it played a significant role in the management of civil services. It was independent in its functioning and no attempt was made to bring pressure on the decision-making process of the Committee. Continue reading How was the Hyderabad Civil Service: A look into the 1940s
Missionary men inspired other men across space and time to eschew women, marriage, and home in order to actualize a new masculine self by becoming a Jesuit.Those who joined the Jesuits wanted to be with and be like other men already in the order. Continue reading Evangelization in colonial Latin America
Mission Kashmir can manifest preoccupation with the traumatic impact of the Kashmir conflict on the national imaginary with its latent, discomfiting realization that wars are fought and won with the camera rather than the gun. Mission Kashmir can also be viewed as a self-conscious moment within a long history of the articulation of Indian desire for the Kashmir Valley through the cinematic apparatus we call “Bollywood.” Continue reading Mission Kahmir: The relationship between Indian popular cinema and the mobilization of national desire
Cinema’s renewed interest in Kashmir was catalyzed by a product of a regional film industry, whose competition with Bollywood parallels political contestations between Northern and Southern India. Mani Ratnam’s successful penetration of the national market with Roja—a first for a Tamil film—points not only to his timely capture of an older territory of desire hitherto dominated by Bollywood. Continue reading Roja: How Bollywood portrays the Valley through a rose-tainted lens
Shanu Lahiri, D.Lit (2003), has been an established artist, educator, social worker, speaker, writer and illustrator. Her artistic career spanned over six decades. She was born in Calcutta, India in a family famous for art, which included the noted litterateur Kamal Kumar and eminent artist Nirode Mazumder. Continue reading Shanu Lahiri’s world: A peep into art and love for art
The thaals are entirely and painstakingly handmade. Most commonly embossed images are the nine avatars of Vishnu, Ashtalakshmi the various forms of Maa Durga, Radha-Krishna and Shri Ganesh. The brass-made traditional ritual plate of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh is the Exhibit at Veethi Sankul of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya of Bhopal. Continue reading Thal of Chamba: A piece of Gaddi heritage
When we look at the history of women’s struggle to have their own careers in India, we salute these women, who have paved the way for many others. Women doctors in India who rise to become great are to be especially applauded as they often do so against a patriarchal system that can be discriminatory – many women doctors in India who began with aspirations might fall off the grid just on account of their gender. Continue reading The lady doctors of India who altered the male-dominated profession
Her real name was Mehr-un-Nisaa, and she was born in Kandahar, Afghanishtan, into a noble family from Persia, her grandfather serving the Shah Tahmasp I. Continue reading The Mughal Ladies influencing architecture: Nurjahan Begam
It is usually said that the first monument built under the supervision of any Mughal lady in India was the Humayun’s tomb in Delhi built by one of the Humayun’s widows named Haji Begam, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Continue reading The Mughal Ladies influencing architecture: Haji Begum
It had features both equine and bovine, with one horn only.The extensive array of research on Mohenjo Daro and its structures all point to the fact that it was a very well-planned city.
Bridging the gap between politics and culture, Kutty had brought about a new wave in caricature and political cartooning. Continue reading Who was ‘Kutty’: Navigating through satirical cartoons