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Papal Reflections

Pope Benedict was to initiate an inter-religious dialogue on faith and religion, but a contentious quote from a Byzantine emperor cannot be the basis for such a dialogue. The basic premise for an inter-religious conversation is that it must begin with a critique of one's own tradition. What has gone unnoticed in the controversy is that the pope raised other issues on the Christian tradition, which could have long-term implications.

Sinking Old Horizons, Imagining New Ones

Sinking Old Horizons, Imagining New Ones Debunking Exceptionalism Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny by Amartya Sen; Penguin Books India, New Delhi, 2006;

No Entry, No Exit

Conversion is a complex and delicate issue that has been obfuscated and vitiated when viewed in a communal and chauvinistic context. The 'savarna' response to dalit conversion as expressed in anti-conversion laws, under the guise of protecting the dalits, traps them in a 'no entry, no exit' situation. This article lays down a theoretical framework within a fourfold discourse, seeking to analyse conversion as 'dharmantar'. Each discourse considers the perspective of the converter and the converted, opening up in turn issues of civil rights (including that of dalits) that must not be compromised. It is necessary to view conversion as a 'process' rather than an event, if one is to address the complexities involved.

Globalisation and Cultural Nationalism

Globalisation and Cultural Nationalism Globalisation, Hindu Nationalism and Christians in India, by Lancy Lobo; Rawat Publications, Jaipur and Delhi,

Interrogating Integration

The correspondence between a negative ethnic identity and a marginalised social status is crucial for any interventionist strategy that seeks to empower people to break out of the poverty trap. For tribals this implies integration in the larger society, but not necessarily with a loss of their distinctiveness. By isolating the tribals we stymie both their contribution and their challenge to society.

Dishonoured by History, Branded by Law

Dishonoured by History: ‘Criminal Tribes’ and British Colonial Policy by Meena Radhakrishna; Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 2001; pp xiv+192, Rs 435. Branded by Law: Looking at India’s Denotified Tribes by Dilip D’Souza; Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2001; pp xxiv + 200, Rs 200.

Juridical Construction of Community

A Question of Community: Religious Groups and Colonial Law by Amrita Shodhan; Samya, Kolkata, 2001; pp 222, Rs 350.

Autonomy as 'Moksha'

Gandhi: Struggle for Autonomy by Ronald J Terchek; Vistar Publication, New Delhi, 2000; pp xiv+265, Rs 245 (paper)

Warli Social History

The overwhelming motif of this study that stretches across three periods of Warli history - the pre-British period; the colonial era and the post-independence era, is the depiction of the 'outsider as exploiter'. However, an increasing devolution of self-assertion in recent years has provided such hitherto marginalised groups a new opportunity to claim their rights and reaffirm their identities in a new context. But self-rule needs a history and a reconstruction of Warli history can only begin with a relook at their oral traditions.

Tribal History

If India's tribals are to regain their true identity, it is necessary that their oral history, which was suppressed by the history written by outsiders, is reconstructed.

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