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Cover Story: Volume 17, Issue 2

From Nagpur To Nairobi To Neasden – Tracing Global Hindutva by Amrit Wilson

The disturbing rise of Hindutva supremacism in India has been mirrored by a corresponding growth of extremism in the Indian...

In Solidarity by Marziya Mohammedali

In Solidarity by Marziya Mohammedali

I write this on the lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and I humbly acknowledge them as...

Racism and Racial Discrimination in Early Independent Tanzania by Lawrence Mbogoni

You go through two stages in these colonial countries. One is when midnight comes; the clock strikes, and you are...

The Harvest of Casteism by Suraj Yengde

The Harvest of Casteism by Suraj Yengde

The caste system in India thrives on what BR Ambedkar, a Dalit leader who was the chief drafter of the...

In Defence of Blackness by Tariq Mehmood

In Defence of Blackness by Tariq Mehmood

Even before the murder of George Floyd, America and the United Kingdom (where I live) were well versed in state...

Regular Column

Letters to the Editors

Dear Editors, Yes, it is sad to see the print version stopping but I can see why it is a necessary decision. I congratulate you for a commendable job and marvel at your dedication and commitment. We shall cherish the printed versions we have...

London Calling - BLM+ by Ramnik Shah

London Calling - BLM+ by Ramnik Shah

London Calling What the horrible death of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis in May 2020 unleashed, in its immediate aftermath, was a chain of reactions across the globe under the generic banner of Black Lives Matter (BLM). There were mass demonstrations...

In Defence of Kofi Annan

Dear Editors I found Karim Hirji`s critique (in Issue 3 of 2019) of Kofi Annan`s obituary (`FootSTEPS`, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2018) to be rather unfair and overly stated.  He was reacting to what he saw as a superficial and one-sided portrayal of Annan`s...

Special Feature

Award-Winning ex–Kenyan Education Champion calls on UN Chief to Lead the Way

Award-Winning ex–Kenyan Education Champion calls on UN Chief to Lead the Way

Ameer M Keshavjee, a former Kenyan and winner of the Sovereign’s Medal, the highest Canadian award for volunteerism conferred by...

My Reflections on The KENYA-US FTA

My Reflections on The KENYA-US FTA

An intense debate has been raging on the proposed Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement. I should commend those who have organised...

Friends of Awaaz

Yash and Jill Ghai, Mohez Karmali, Gijsbert Oonk, Vijoo Rattansi, Victoria Commercial Bank Charitable Trust, I& M Bank, Willy Mutunga, Chandaria Foundation, Asian Foundation, Firoze Manji, Muthoni Wanyeki, Wanjiru Gikonyo, Kirit Pattni, Ismail Ramadhani, Dr. Ramadhan Marjan, Radha Upadhyaya, Benegal Pereira, Mburu Gitu, Neela Ghoshal, Hindpal Jabbal, Krishna Sondhi, Nyawira Muthiga, Sheetal Kapila, Fiona Mati, Ramnik Shah, Shiraz Durrani, Madhukant Shah, Rosemelle Mutoka, Nivi Sharma, Salim Damji, Juzar Hooker, Mark Ojal, Mohinder Dhillon, Karen Rothmyer, Sachen Shah, Akbar Husein, Peter Kiama, Sarah and Felix Kyalo, Karim Hirji

About Awaaz

Awaaz is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine also critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa; as well as a concept of human rights in a society be they ethnic, racial, gender based, sexual or political.

Footsteps

Solomon Muyundo, Alias Solo 7 1977-2020

Solomon Muyundo, Alias Solo 7 1977-2020

I have been asked to write about someone I loved that recently passed away, a legend, icon and a PEACE...

Benjamin Mkapa: 1938-2020

Benjamin Mkapa: 1938-2020

‘We could have waited for a donor to appear, but we believe in the spirit of self-development and confidence. We...

Adieu Annar: A Tribute To The Personal Assistant To President Nyerere

Adieu Annar: A Tribute To The Personal Assistant To President Nyerere

It has been a tragic year. We have lost so many people. A month ago, Annar Cassam also left us.  She passed...

Ernest Wamba Dia Wamba, 1942-2020

Ernest Wamba Dia Wamba, 1942-2020

We should honour Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba by carrying on his life's work. In the early hours of July 15,...

Denis Goldberg 1933—2020

Denis Goldberg 1933—2020

 In 1964, Denis Goldberg and other ANC comrades were on trial for their lives at what became known as the...

Bhikaiji Rustom Cama 1861-1936

Bhikaiji Rustom Cama 1861-1936

Bhikaiji Rustom Cama was born Bhikaiji Cama in Bombay (now Mumbai) into an affluent and influential Parsi family. In 1885,...