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Gandhi's Satyagraha in South Africa and the Tamils

Gandhi's newspaper, the Indian Opinion, was launched in South Africa in three languages - Gujarati, Tamil and English - in 1903 on the eve of the satyagraha struggle. Tamils constituted the largest percentage of the Indian diaspora among the indentured labour as well as the "Passenger Indians" who came in search of better opportunities. This essay situates the Tamils in South Africa and their response to Gandhi's call for satyagraha by examining the available issues of the Tamil edition between 1903 and 1914.

Tragic Widows or Cunning Witches? Reflections on Representations of Women in Tamil Myths and Legends

This article looks at some of the broad paradigms within which women-oriented Tamil myths and legends have operated. Besides presenting contrasting images that cut through the frozen iconisation of women encountered in classical or so- called "high tradition" texts, the article also focuses on the transformational qualities of folk legends as they move between texts and contexts.

History from Below

rather than with any character or aspect History from Below of the Mahabharata, as Uma would have Everyday Lives, Everyday Histories: Beyond the Kings and Brahmanas of

Voices on Untouchability

This was certainly the situation in the Voices on Untouchability Sangam age when the great woman bard Untouchable Saints: An Indian Phenomenon edited by Eleanor Zelliot and Rohini Mokashi-Punekar; Manohar, New Delhi, 2005;

From 'Amazonian' Warrior to Submissive Wife

The story of Alli figures in the Tamil version of the Mahabharatha. She is described as a type of "Amazonian" beauty, a vehement hater of men, who ruled over the Pandyan kingdom. However, in the zigzag movement, the Alli legend takes on through space and time, the heroine Alli as well as the Alli myth get tamed and subsumed into the patriarchal register. The Alli story is analysed against the background of early Tamil society. The metamorphosis of Alli into the submissive wife of Arjuna is looked at in tandem with the process of brahmanisation and sanskritisation in the Tamil region.
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