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​Bordering Tranquility

The sacred and the profane share an uneasy coexistence amidst the serene ambience of a Buddhist monastery in Tuting, a closely guarded village bordering Tibet.

America's Contradictions on Gun Rights

The initial outrage in the United States after a gunman killed 20 children in a school has faded. Indeed, many states have loosened and not tightened laws on gun control. In the meanwhile children have to go through "lockdown" drills in school to learn how to face possible violent events. Since the matter of gun rights is so related in the US to the concepts of individual liberty and the doctrine of self-suffi ciency, it is time perhaps that the latter concepts themselves were re-examined.

A Gilded Life

The history of gold hunting in New Zealand is replete with the little-known story of a gold-digger with an Indian connection.

Reading East Asian History Differently

The tensions between Japan and China over control of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands go back more than a century. But there was a time when the islands were a part of the Ryukyu kingdom which was independent of both countries and had trade links with both.

Baburao Ambadaskar: On His Retirement

LETTERS Issn 0012-9976 Ever since the first issue in 1966, EPW has been India’s premier journal for comment on current affairs and research in the social sciences. It succeeded Economic Weekly (1949-1965), which was launched and shepherded by Sachin Chaudhuri, who was also the founder-editor of EPW...

The Unrelenting Contrarian

 The Unrelenting Contrarian Anu Kumar The early 1980s saw several shifts: old images of the way India was perceived gave way to an airbrushed, surface glamorous sheen, symbolised best by the introduction of colour television; the domed ambassador on India

New Lamps for Old

Education policy as it came to be elucidated over the 19th century was driven by colonial imperatives. The early 19th century was a time of experimentation, it was a period of acquaintance and also of open ideological debate. Barely a few decades later, however, and especially following the revolt of 1857, as the Raj asserted itself, and imperialism gained in zeal, some of this early experimentation was lost in the drive for more Anglicisation of education. The setting up of the universities in the three presidency towns reflected the growing assertiveness in colonial ideology. This article, however, looks at two experiments in education, located in the vernacular medium, that had their origins in the earlier period of new understanding, but were decisively affected by the events of 1857 and reactions to it.

Kings, Slaves and Bandits

Kings, Slaves and Bandits A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives (The New Cambridge History of India Series Volume 1.8) by Richard M Eaton; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK;

Mumbai's Expendable Poor

The current demolition drive in Mumbai by the Congress-led coalition government pushes to the wayside the poor of Mumbai who live in 'illegal' shanties. The government action goes against the grain of successful experiments of community involvement in resettlement and appears to reverse the slum development policy of the 1990s. Development cannot proceed without taking into account the needs of the slum dwelling populace who make up substantial numbers of the city. Sustainable growth is possible only if all stakeholders in the process including slum dwellers and the poor are given a say in schemes that affect them.

In Memoriam : Shama Futehally

Shama Futehally transcended her role as a writer in English. Her novels reflected her wider political concerns; she was also a teacher of western drama while her translations of Hindi and Urdu poetry have been widely acclaimed. For writers just beginning, she was an ever-present source of encouragement.


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