Nature-centric Asur traditions and songs

Nature-centric Asur traditions and songs

Asurs are one of the most ancient and smallest tribal communities of Jharkhand. The Chota Nagpur plateau is their home, especially the valleys of Bishunpur and Mahuatand in the Gumla, Lohardaga and Palamu districts of the state. Asurs have traditionally been involved in iron smelting and agriculture. Their festivals are mainly related to agriculture, and hence…

Roundtable with P. Sainath

Roundtable with P. Sainath

  The Indian Cultural Forum spoke to P. Sainath, founder editor of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI), about media and culture. "Where does culture fit in media? Why is it exclusive?" are some of the questions he adresses in this roundtable.     

‘As your culture has not…’

‘As your culture has not…’

From the Bahujan Intellectuals' Initiative: As your culture has not allowed me to drink water, your culture has not allowed me to have food, your culture has not allowed me to cover my body, your culture has not allowed me to shelter myself, your culture has not allowed me to walk on the street, your…

Caste, Religion and Lived Culture

Caste, Religion and Lived Culture

K. Satchidanandan © Ghulam Rasool Santosh, ‘In the Snows of Kashmir’  (Image courtesy Saba Hasan) We are holding this discussion in the wake of a deeply disturbing sequence of events at the Hyderabad Central University.  It was spurred on by a right-wing anti-Dalit students’ organisation through baseless propaganda, and abetted by the University’s new Vice-Chancellor…