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India : the vultures are back

Twenty years ago, the parsis living in Bombay used to offer to the vultures their own dead. Since centuries, that’s the way parsis got rid of their dead. By respecting this tradition, none of the sacred elements ( air, earth, water, fire, … Continue reading

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India : the Bhil tribe

Bhils are the largest tribe in South Asia ( about 13.000.000 people). They live in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and also in Pakistan. There was a time when they were known as fine archers hence their … Continue reading

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Islam : about religious fanaticism

Islam ( as well as other religions) gives people a message of hope and a desire to live in a better world. But when the believers can’t understand the forces that are bringing changes around them ( such as the activities … Continue reading

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In India, tribal languages are on the verge of extinction

In India, the state of Orissa is famous for its monuments, its beaches and its tribes. Unfortunately, tribal languages of Orissa are fast becoming extinct. While 62 tribal languages existed at the time of Independence ( in 1947), only 22 have … Continue reading

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India : elections are a ( rather) lucrative time for slum-dwellers

Before every election, all the four hundred families residing in the Shastrinagar slum await the visit of the various political parties representatives of their area. Like other families living in other slums in India. To please the slum-dwellers, politicians offer them money … Continue reading

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Adoption in traditional India

In a country where having a son is so important, adoption is a fairly common practice since long. Those who do not have male children usually want to adopt a male child to continue their line of succession. In Rajasthan … Continue reading

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Acquiring Indian nationality is so difficult !

For a foreigner, acquiring an Indian passport is not something easy. It’s now even more difficult than before. The PIO ( Person of Indian Origin) card can only be obtained by marrying an Indian. And this is a status that allow … Continue reading

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