Volume 20, Issue 1, 2023

number 60

DR FRENE GINWALA – The Cyclone in a Sari!


This Issue focuses largely on Herstory – the Cover Story highlights Dr Frene Ginwala who passed away early this year at the age of ninety. Born in South Africa and of South Asian origin, this remarkably…

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editors On receipt of AwaaZ Issue 3, 2022, I straightaway launched into reading about Willy Mutunga. Gosh, what a feast! In your First Word you describe the impact he has had on the several leading…

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Broken Britain!

This is a cry often heard and written or spoken about on our home ground. No doubt its reverberations are being felt abroad as well, but first how does it look from an insider`s perspective? Currently it is the spectre of a spate of strikes across the nation that is the stuff of daily news here. These are happening in a wide range of public services, affecting diverse sections of the population in one…


From Lakhvir Singh:

What could be confused for the Indian women’s hockey team, was actually not just a fully Kenyan one, but also all from the Sikh Union Club (est. 1928), earlier known as Khalsa Union.

When Kenya’s Sikh men were making their mark in hockey from as early as the 1930s, their female counterparts were cutting out a slice of history for themselves too – though, for some reason or the other, their run did not go very far or for long and they faded away from the game – and from Kenya’s glorious sporting history.

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Book Review & FOOTSTEPS

Love Pandemic

Author: Salimah Valiani After trauma, we often try to forget, to pretend that everything has returned to normal. Unfortunately, even though we have removed our facemasks, the fact is that COVID’s aftermath has left us different – the world, too, has changed. Prize-winning poet Salimah Valiani’s fine new chapbook, Love Pandemic, reminds us of what lockdown was like and, gently, lovingly, warns us with regard to the future. In fifteen short poems, she refuses to…

DR PYARALLI RATTANSI: 15 October 1930 – 23 August 2022

Dr Pyaralli Rattansi (or ‘Piyo’ as he was known to most of us) was Emeritus Professor of the Department of Science and Technology Studies (DSTS), at University College London (UCL) where he headed the Department of History & Philosophy of Science from October 1971 – September 1995, a period of 24 years. He was born in Nyeri, Kenya, where he did his schooling. Before travelling to the UK to join the London School of Economics and Political Science,…

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.

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