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Anarchy in ( muslim) India

Considered as the anarchists of Islam, fakirs are muslim ( male) wanderers who live on charity and the love of Allah.  They are not magicians who perform “miracles” such as lying on a bed of nails, eating fire, raising bodies,…even if … 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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The status of children in Nepal

Children are often victims of poverty in Nepal. However much their parents love them, in poor families they are counted as an economic resource from an early age. Child labour has always been essential in agriculture, and in the past … Continue reading

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Ravi Shankar, the guru of the indian music

India’s devotion to music goes back to prehistoric times. There are references in the religious texts and other ancient treatrises which suggest that music had achieved a high degree of sophistication already 3.000 years ago. At the end of the … Continue reading

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India : more and more farmers are killing themselves

The Indian economy is booming. Yet, more and more farmers are killing themselves because they are over-indebted, victims of drought or insufficient harvests, or because they are bankrupted. Indeed, they can’t repay their loans. According to the ministry of agriculture, more than 200.000 … Continue reading

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India : Mother Teresa’s hospice

Calcutta is the Indian city where misery is the more visible, the tougher to put up with : famine, tuberculosis, leprosy, crippled members,… Nothing spares these thousands of poor who agonize or survive on the pavements. “The poorest among the … Continue reading

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India : a traditional art form to get rid of the monkeys

Since centuries, indian villages and towns have been visited by untouchables street performers called “bahurupia”( like the man seen on the photo ) who dress and make up like hindu deities. And of course the favourite deity is Hanuman, the monkey-god, one … Continue reading

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