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  • Holy-Hell;-A-Memoir-of-Fait

    The Holy Predicament

    Utharakalam Admin

    Absurdly, in the case of ‘Mata Amritanandamayi’, it is the ‘Devi’ herself who is propagating patriarchal ideas. And the idea of purity as a non-menstruating woman does not seem to have been a myth created around her by a man, but she has just internalized it, because Gail accounts shows ‘Amma’ propagating such stories from the very beginning, even before an ashram was set up in her name. Now, the question is, from when on did we have this bizarre idea of woman being impure, unclean and shameful because she menstruates? Rose Merin __________ After having finished reading the book Holy Hell; A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness by Gail Tredwell, I couldn’t help but write this. The book is totally

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  • EMSum-penkuttyum

    National order and the subaltern subject in Benyamin’s EMS and the Girl

    Utharakalam Admin

    Georgy Roy If the universalism of Brahmanism is achieved through the assimilation of this subaltern culture, this assimilation makes the subaltern as the agents of this dominant culture and is sent packing to Laos.  This happens through a process of humanism whereby western modernity is made the villain for the subaltern and women. Jose regains his lost acquaintance of the Mongs through the media reporting about a Mong mother killing her four children and committing suicide. This evokes in Jose a “longing and curiosity”  which ends in a visit to Pakavu’s home which is described as “abounding with the smell of poverty”, he meets YaVang’s father who is represented as filled with despair and living alone after fighting for the

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  • swathanthra samudayam

    Ezhavas are not Hindus

    Utharakalam Admin

    E.Madhavan To use the Ezhavas as scapegoats/foot soildiers  of Hindutva is the main aim of the current SNDP General secretary Mr.Vellapallay Natesan. In an  effort towards the formation of Hindu parliament or Hindu Aikyavedi; to ensure the participation from Nayadis to Namboothiris; these  “Guru-worshipers” forget the sole of Sreenarayana Guru who was an anti-savarna caste  and anti-Hindutva  in his ideological leanings. This book written by former S.N.D.P secretary E.Madhavan reminds them of their own history. This is the detailed version of the speech he had delivered at the “Thiyya youth society” meeting at Pattanakkad in 1934. He contends that “Ezhavas are not Hindus; they were Budhists who were following their own

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