Originally posted on travelerreport:
Gaduliya Lohar woman. Rajasthan, India. As usual, they are seated in front of their “gadi”, the chariot they use to travel as well as their house. While the man is making a pick by hammering on his anvil, his wife is rotating the bellows.  Timelessly, they repeat these gestures for hours…

Jayaprakash Narayan: Keeper of India’s Conscience

Jayaprakash Narayan was born on October 11, 1902, in Sitabdiara, a village on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. His father Harsudayal was a junior official in the Canal Department of the State government and was often touring the region. Jayaprakash, called Baul affectionately, was left with his grandmother to study in Sitabdiara. Since … Continue reading

Revolutionary family life and the Self Respect movement in Tamil south India, 1926–49

Abstract: During the second quarter of the 20th century, the Self Respect movement (cuyamariyatai iyakkam) introduced a programme of non-Brahmin uplift in Tamil south India that consisted of a radical critique of social, political and economic relations. By following the coverage of family and marriage in the Self Respect popular press (the weekly newspaper Kudi … Continue reading

Pandit Ayothidasar

Pandit Ayothidasar in the last decade of the 19th Century was a Writer, Journalist, Social reformer, Siddha Physician, Tamil and Buddhist Scholar. He edited and published THAMIZHAN a journal devoted to social reform for eight years. He opposed Brahminism Vedic rituals, untouchability. He championed communal representation, Women’s Rights, self-respect, Rationalism etc., unfortunately the world of … Continue reading

Don’t black out – Indian Express

The Indian Express : Fri Jan 27 2012, 03:12 hrs   All our required veneration for flags turns into equally irrational apoplexy and worse when a little black flag is waved. Congress workers expectedly went into a frenetic fuss when Rahul Gandhi was shown black flags at Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh last week. Since such protests … Continue reading