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A History of the Socially Excluded in Odisha

Tribals and Dalits in Orissa: Towards a Social History of Exclusion, c 1800–1950 by Biswamoy Pati, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp 248, 945.

‘Burma’ All the Way

My Conscience: An Exile’s Memoir of Burma by U Kyaw Win, Eugene, Oregon: Resource Publications, 2016; pp 254, 1,886 (paperback).

Recalling Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh had a number of political choices before him but the fact that he consciously abjured them in favour of a fiery independence, atheism and internationalism is worthy of introspection, if not emulation. 

Atoning for the Past

Responding to Abhijit Sarkar’s “Rhodes Will Not Fall Alone” the authors argue that the aim of their campaign has been the opposite of “sanitising history.” The campaign wants to begin and sustain a long overdue conversation in Britain about its colonial past.

The Adi Ganga

The article sheds light on the Adi Ganga, one of the most significant streams of the Ganges in its lower course, and narrates how the stream (later Tolly’s Canal) which was once the life line of Kolkata transformed into a mere sewer and was ruthlessly slaughtered with the changing politico-economic interests of the state. 

Northern Ireland: Hope and History

After three decades of violence that has seen more than 3,000 dead as well as several false starts towards peace, there is now a glimmer of hope in Northern Ireland. The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has at last taken the plunge on disarming itself. On October 23 the group announced that it had begun getting rid of illegally held weapons in order to “save the peace process”. The IRA has long resisted surrendering its weapons to the British government, which retained control over the northern six counties of Ireland after the southern 26 counties broke from British rule in 1921. And though the peace process was encouraged with the IRA’s second ceasefire in 1997, the future of the organisation’s weaponry remained a dominant and unresolved issue.

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