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Disease, Stigma and a Culture of Profanity

Rooted in the stigmatisation of disease, our culture of profanity has wide-ranging social ramifications, including the potential to incite violence.

S K Rudra, C F Andrews and M K Gandhi

In the second decade of the last century, as the world limped back from a long-drawn war and India found itself on the verge of a new wave of anti-imperialist struggle, a strange friendship was forged between three unusual men. This paper looks at the friendship between Mahatma Gandhi, C F Andrews and S K Rudra against the backdrop of such tumultuous times. Through letters and records that still stand as testimony to their friendship, this paper analyses issues of freedom of choice, and implications of nationality.

Lessons from History

The follow-up report on the Hashimpura killings (1987) (‘Hashimpura Killings’ by Iqbal Ansari, EPW, December 30, 2000) reflects the apathy of our rulers towards the masses. Down memory lane, I recollect today that at the time of the brutal killings, the late Bir Bahadur Singh was chief minister of...
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