Monday, 31 October 2011 09:55

Individual Contributors

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Asian Foundation Chandaria Foundation Desai Memorial Foundation Dharam Ghai Fatma Alloo Giro Commercial Bank Hindpal Jabbal H S Mangat Mohez Karmali Premchandbhai Foundation Rattansi Educational Trust Shehin Hirani Tom Maliti Yash Ghai and Jill Cottrell Ghai Anver Jeevanjee
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:54


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By SANSAD Veteran South Asian activist, academic and visionary who passed away in Canada on March 16, 2010Hari was born on November 9, 1934 in Uttar Pradesh, India. His father was a railway employee, so he moved from one place to another wherever his father was posted. His insight into the social life of India stimulated Hari to start writing short stories in Hindi. Hari moved to the US in 1963 for further education and did his Masters in Social Work from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1964 and Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY…
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:52


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By Awaaz Team Prakash Jha’s film Raajneeti is a political thriller that was filmed in Bhopal. The movie deals with Indian politics and concentrates on Indian democracy and elections. The film illustrates unstoppable ambition and how it can lead to violent battles. Ultimately the film is about people who understand power and how to use it. Raajneeti tells the story of several political candidates’ lives and goals during elections in India. DesiHits! spoke to the film’s producer, Prakash Jha, who told us that the inspiration for his latest political saga was India’s political system and its complexity: ‘I want to…
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:51


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By Amil Shivji Raavan - another one of Mani Ratnam’s amazing art pieces. Not only is the story thought provoking and enticing, the cinematography offers two hours and 19 minutes of an absolute adrenaline rush. Raavan depicts the story of the very well known Ramayana, in which the Godlike Ram goes into battle with the 10-headed demon king of Lanka, Raavan, who abducted Ram’s wife, Sita. Ram, with the aid of his brother Laxman and his ‘loyal’ servant Hanuman (the monkey king) defeat Raavan and retrieve Sita. An interesting point here is that this mythology has a strong significance historically…
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:50

Oshwals in Kenya

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By Arun Amritlal Raishi Shah 1899-1998 Author: Arun Amritlal Raishi Shah The author has been an economist in Kenya’s Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning and is now a consultant for several countries in Africa and the South. This very comprehensive and well researched book on the history of Kenya’s Oshwal community is therefore not a product of Arun Shah’s field of specialization. In fact he has completed the work started by his illustrious father, Amritlal Raishi, in recording the history of their community. The book traces the origins of the Oshwal community from the warring tribes of Rajasthan in…
By Gary Younge Author: Gary Younge Publisher: Viking @ £ 14.99 Available from Bookmarks ( Gary Younge’s book is a treatise on ‘identity’. There are those who maintain that identity is a deviation from bread and butter issues. Then there is the issue of multiculturalism versus integration and the reality that the nation-state is a relatively recent thing. Gary Younge says that identity is an issue one that has become central to our politics. ‘But we don’t often talk about it in the most informed ways,’ he asserts and has therefore set down some parameters so we can talk about…
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:49

The obsecure logic of the heart

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By Priya Basil Author: Priya Basil Publisher: Doubleday Pages 409 Basil’s earlier novel, Ishq and Mushq, explored with compassion the complexities of love and vanity and the burdens of our personal and political pasts. In The Obscure Logic of the Heart she delves into the age-old quandary of a woman torn between her ‘duty’ to her family and the love of her heart. In this case Lina is Muslim, Anil is a Sikh; she is political, he is not; she is middle class, he is very wealthy; she is a Londoner, he lives in Kenya . . . And the…
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:48

South Asian partitio fiction in english

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By From Khushwant Singh to Amitav GhoshAuthor(s): Rituparna RoyPublisher: Amsterdam University PressPublication year: 2010Pages 180Price € 27,50South Asian Partition Fiction in English: From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh explores a significant cross-section of South Asian fiction in English written on the theme of Partition from the mid-1950s to the late 1980s, and shows how the Partition novel in English traverses a very interesting trajectory during this period – from just ‘reporting’ the cataclysmic event to theorizing about it. The six novels selected for study (Train to Pakistan, A Bend in the Ganges, Ice- Candy-Man, Clear Light of Day, Midnight’s Children,…
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:47

How to Euthanise a cactus

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By Stephen Derwent Partington Kenyan author Stephen Derwent Partington has just published his eagerly awaited new collection of poems, How to Euthanise a Cactus (Cinnamon Press). These socially-responsible poems on our day-to-day lives will soon be in Kenyan bookshops. For the moment, the book can be purchased online at Amazon UK and posted to Kenya. From the reviews: ‘Blows you out of the water with its sheer brilliance’; ‘A poet’s poet, but also a people’s poet’ (Mukoma wa Ngugi). Stephen’s light blog can be found at the ‘inpress’ website. From the poem ‘Local Produce’: You know you’re somewhere special/ When…
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:46

Sonata for four hands

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By Tom Mellon Author: Amarjit Chandan Publisher: Arc Publications Price: £12.99 Review by Tom Mellon first published in Morning Star as ‘Riding Towards Revolution’ Since moving to London in 1980 after serving two years in solitary confinement for his role in the first Naxalite uprising in India, Amarjit Chandan has become one of today’s most celebrated Punjabi poets, with a large following both in India and among the Indian diaspora in Britain and across the globe. Former poet laureate Andrew Morton selected him as one of the 10 British poets for the National Poetry Day in 2001 and his work…
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