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Pandita Ramabai (1858-1922)

Ramabai was born as the sixth child to Anant Shastri Dongre and Lakshmibai. Her father earned his living by rendering Vedic recitals in temples, teaching and narrating Puranas in public platform and other similar activities as performed by a devout Brahmin. The family lived under severe economic strain. with famine sweeping the region the economic …

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Idea of India

One of the placards held by one of the protesters in the Citizens March organized on the 9th of January caught my attention. it said, “Will someone return to me the country that I was proud of as a Child.” the words somehow resonated with me, stirring in my mind the pictures of that India …

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Christmas Vignettes

For the last several weeks and months, every morning I open the newspaper to read that the economy is doing badly; that the Indian economy grew by less than 5 percent in 2019 and that perhaps worse is yet to come. Newspaper headlines come to life in other ways; at the market, a lot of …

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Treasuring Up

With Christmas round the corner, carols cannot be far behind. In an old BBC programme on Christmas carols that I was listening to the other day, the anchor asked the singers what Christmas meant to them. The response usually was, ‘It is a time to be with family and friends.’ The season resonates with such …

Practice of Religion under the Constitution

Constitution of India gives every person the right to freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice and propagate religion. Freedom of conscience denotes a person’s right to entertain belief and doctrines concerning matters regarded by the person as conducive to spiritual well being. Conscience also refers to the moral compass guiding the …

Father Stanislaus Lourduswamy – A Baton of Hope and Life

“But we will still sing in chorus. A caged bird can still sing.” Fr. Stanislaus Lourduswamy  On the Chota Nagpur Plateau of the Indian subcontinent lies a dense and rich forest track, spoken as Jharkhand. The State of Jharakhand is one of the recent States added to the Union of India, carved out of the …

People of Privilege

Dr. Shantanu Dutta According to a report citing the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, 97 percent of Indians have been left poorer to a greater or lesser degree post Covid[1]. That is most of the Indian population if the estimates are even reasonably accurate. Perhaps some of those reading this are part of this statistic. …

Even if it may not Passover

The onslaught of the pandemic that began almost fourteen months back has created havoc hitherto unknown to this generation. The lockdown and the ensuing migration of the poor was heartrending and insensitive. Without a relief in sight, the common people were left to fend for themselves and for their loved ones. Today, situations are even …