Pakistan’s Alien Roots

Clearly, birth in Bharat alone does not make someone Bharatiya, since more than race or ethnicity, it is the con­sciousness of being Bharatiya that matters. As long as the consciousness refuses to embrace the Indic element, it re­mains alien, notwithstanding claims of accrual of nativity by birth…

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Why It is Wrong to Equate Legitimate Hindu Concerns With a Political Party’s Agenda

It is possible for someone to politically disagree with the BJP and still take the position that Hindus have been treated as second-class citizens right from the inception of the Indian republic…

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Indigeneity, land ontologies and ‘development’

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Most indigenous societies, until afflicted by “modernity” owing to the European colonizer’s advent, shared a sacred and harmonious relationship with nature which was not seen merely as an object of conquest and possession…

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Conversations, certitude and disagreements

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I have written 26 pieces thus far under this column, which is slightly over the halfway mark for the number of pieces I have committed to. Now is a good time to pause for a bit, think and share a few general and generic thoughts. In the process of writing under this column…

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The European origins of cultural coloniality

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While political colonialism had long been done away with, it had been replaced with Western/European imperialism, whose relationship with other cultures was the same as that of the erstwhile colonizers, namely “colonization of the imagination of the dominated”…

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The places of Worship Act 1991, decoloniality and indigenous rights

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The Bhoomi Pujan for the proposed Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya is scheduled to take place in five days, marking the culmination of a five-century old indigenous movement to reclaim a site which is of both religious and civilizational importance…

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