‘British values’: failures in colonial memory

With the 70th anniversary of Partition passing this summer, Maryam Jameela talks about the legacy of empire in today’s Britain Read More

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How should we teach children about contested histories?

by Farah Elahi  In recent years, there have been numerous campaigns for the inclusion of marginalised histories in the national curriculum. These campaigns have been successful in retaining key black British figures such as Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano in history lessons. However, inclusion is not enough. We must go further, ensuring that these stories… Read More

The unbearable whiteness of history

by Jendella Benson  Deciding that it is never too early to take the task of cultural reproduction seriously (see David Osa Amadasun’s article, “‘Black people don’t go to galleries’ – The reproduction of taste and cultural values”), I took my fourteen month old son to the National Portrait Gallery one brisk November afternoon. The exhibition… Read More

Coolie: A History

by Karen Williams  Coolie connotes somebody who performs thankless, backbreaking physical labour. The word is often explained as being part of the indentured labour system that followed the abolition of slavery in the 1800s, particularly gaining popularity in the mid- to late-1800s. It is often almost exclusively used in relation to Asian labourers, especially Indian… Read More

Remembering Eqbal Ahmad: A Conversation with Stuart Schaar

This week marks the anniversary of the passing of a heavyweight radical intellectual few now remember by S U Ahmad  ‘In addition to being an oral person – a sort of peregrine Muslim sage, and all of us his chelas, or disciples – he shouldn’t leave his words scattered to the winds or even recorded on… Read More

The new Jungle Book tries to bypass racism by erasing identities altogether

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam  George Orwell called Rudyard Kipling ‘the prophet of British imperialism… morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting.’ And yet eighty years after Kipling’s death, Disney’s adaption of his Jungle Books (itself a remake of the 1967 original) has become a global success and the second highest grossing film of this month. Have we really progressed… Read More

‘The Whitewashing of Climate Change Solutions’

By Amit Singh Pope Francis has been lauded by climate change campaigners for an announcement last week in which he noted that “We have come to see ourselves as her [the earth’s] lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.’’ The Pope went on to say that consumerism and human greed had led to… Read More

It is India’s fearless women revolutionaries who are being silenced, not the BBC

by Sunny Singh The BBC Documentary film India’s Daughter purports to shed light on India’s rape culture and sets itself up as an ‘event’ that will launch ‘global action’ against sexual violence. How this is to happen, other than through media hype that accompanies celebrity studded spectacles, has not yet been explained by its film-maker,… Read More

How can we combat the ignorance, fear and anxiety about illness, death and dying?

by Vaidehi Mujumdar  My grandmother passed away during my senior year of college, one week before my 23rd birthday. She died in the house in which I had lived for the first three years of my life. I was in New Hampshire, she in a city in Central India. For months my grandmother had insisted to… Read More