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Anne Frank: A History for Today in Saikul, Manipur

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The Manorama rape case, the Mothers of Manipur protest, Sabitri Heisnam’s rendering of Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi, the implementation of the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act in Manipur less than a decade after its independence from British colonialism, an alarmingly high rate of fake encounters. This sentence covers more or less the extent of my limited awareness of…

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The PeaceWorks Human Rights Defenders Programme at Akshar : Day 6

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It was the last group’s turn to present their work in the propaganda assignment we began two classes ago. Having been busy with a host of extra curriculars, they had not had the chance to make a ‘negative’ propaganda assignment I was informed. Their presentation (image of poster below) was received unanimously with quiet approval…

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The PeaceWorks Human Rights Defenders Programme at Akshar : Day 5

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The classes during which the students presented their propaganda assignments, shared the rationale of their choices and engaged with the responses the works elicited, were some of the most intensive and fun we’ve had in my time with this programme in Akshar so far.  In my last report (presentations by group 1 and 2), I’d…

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A report on The Idea of the Indian Constitution

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The task of setting out to attempt an overview of a conference such as The Idea of the Indian Constitution, is at the very outset a somewhat impossible one. Is X talk not described justifiably, is Y talk not represented enough—is that reflective of my biases, has the elusive ‘essence’ of the event made any…

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