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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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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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India : about a man who lives alone since years and corruption

In april 2012, elections were held in India. Something normal in a country that is proud to consider itself as the largest democracy in the world. Even if such a claim is a pure fallacy, a ( electronic) polling booth had been installed in the … Continue reading

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India : the Godhra carnage

Gujarat is a state in western India, once famous for its cotton fields and its salines. Gujarat is also the native land of Mahatma Gandhi. Like him, Gujarati are an audacious and traditional minded people. But despite being devot hindus, these efficient businessmen … Continue reading

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What Gandhi said : take from the nature what is needed and no more

“The incessant search for material comforts and their multiplication is an evil. I make bold to say that the Europeans will have to remodel their outlook, if they do not want to perish under the weight of the comforts to which they … Continue reading

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Pakistan : the “pir” tradition, an example of how religion and politics can mingle

Sufism is the muslim mystical way. It completes the “sharia”, the islamic law, and it reveals the hidden signification of the Koran. It has been introduced in the indian sub-continent initially by saints, then by congregations from the 13° century. These … Continue reading

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India : the third sex

In the indian culture, there are men, there are women and there are people who are neither men nor women. They are viewed as a “third sex” that has always existed, they are called “hijra”, they dress like women and there are about … Continue reading

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