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Black Riot

The difference between riots and protests has more to do with who and where than what.

Paris/Maidan

Two Letters on the Uprising in France.
Imagine a democratic protest where a million Indian farmers, labourers and others march to the capital and compel discussion of the exploding crisis of the countryside in a special three-week session of Parliament.
The battle of Saraighat and the image of Lachit Borphukan have been integral to identity making in contemporary Assam for the caste Assamese.
The recent killing of five Bengali Hindus in Upper Assam must be seen in context of a resurgent wave of ethno-nationalism in the state.

Blood Speaks

What is life like when having your period puts your health at risk and means you are shunned by society? Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.
A historical perspective into refugees can help us better understand the daunting crisis that we face today.
Water has defined and redefined social boundaries for eons, while facilitating the formation of class and caste identities. The Brahmaputra Valley in Assam is a thriving case-in-point.
Populism is currently attractive because it contains a grain of truth. If we want to be prepared for the post-populist period and hasten its coming, we must address these real issues.
What does it mean to be a woman and a farmer in Myanmar?