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Some words about the French adventurers who came in India in the 18° century to make a fortune

During the 18° century, the French ( monarchy) tried to colonize India. Dupleix, then governor general of the French establishments in India and the greatest rival of Robert Clive ( then British governor of Bengal), achieved to rule half of … Continue reading

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The Indian mind

Because India is blessed by a warm climate, a rich soil, abundant productivity and easy communication, the ( traditional) Indian mind feel in harmony with the nature, with the universe. Contrary to the western mind that assigns great importance to the … Continue reading

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Lesotho, the mountain kingdom

“Khotso, pula, nala”. These three words ( peace, rain, prosperity) greet people as they enter the kingdom of Lesotho, a tiny African country completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. The people are called Basotho ( one person is a … Continue reading

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Shekhawati, an open museum in India

The semi-desert region of Shekhawati ( in the western state of Rajasthan) is a colourful fantasy having a fascination of its own. An open air museum famous for its plethora of painted “haveli” ( urban mansion). Shekhawati means “the land … 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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Colonial influence on Indian textiles

The textile of the Indians were used by their colonial masters for their own purposes, leading to the exploitation of weavers and the creation of a cultural hotch-potch. Native cultures the world over have been affected by imperialism and its … Continue reading

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Shamanism in Northern Pakistan

Before Islam replaced buddhism and hinduism in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, complex indigenous religions were practised. Ra or Aftab, the solar deity, was an archetypal figure from whom the rulers of Bolor ( ancient name of the Northern Areas) … Continue reading

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India : urine is good for health

Among the medicines recommended by the ayurveda ( the main indian traditional system of medicine, the other one being the siddha), most of them are made out of plants. Nowadays, more than 1.000 plants are used for medical reasons. In the … Continue reading

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India : Nathuram Godse, murderer of Gandhi

Nathuram Godse, the murderer of the Mahatma Gandhi, was a sensitive man. Born in 1910 in a small town in south India, he was a “chitpawan” brahman ( an high caste in the hindu hierarchical system), a devot hindu educated in a … Continue reading

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The Anglo-indians, a community that is fast disappearing

The Anglo-Indians are one of the many communities of India. They are the descendants of European men who had relations with Indian women when India was under the control of European colonial powers ( Netherlands, France, Portugal and of course Great … Continue reading

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