Category Archives: Anthropology

On village Deities

http://www.india-seminar.com/2010/612/612_interview_siddalingaiah.htm Chandan Gowda: How did you become interested in village deities? Siddalingaiah: I was always curious about gods. I often went to fairs and festivals with my grandmother and used to participate in the festivals of village deities as an … Continue reading

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Islamization in India : Richard M. Eaton

From the book The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204–1760 Four Conventional Theories of Islamization in India Theories purporting to explain the growth of Islam in India may be reduced to four basic modes of reasoning. Each is … Continue reading

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Thesis of love : Philippa Perry

Philia which they saw as a deep but usually non-sexual intimacy between close friends and family members or as a deep bond forged by soldiers as they fought alongside each other in battle. Ludus describes a more playful affection found … Continue reading

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Tribes and Castes

by Andre Beteille : Telegraph, June 24 , 2008 Politics in India is coming to be driven increasingly by the competition for backwardness. The principal contenders in this competition are not individuals, households, or even classes, but castes and tribes. … Continue reading

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Resources on M. N. Srinivas

Parvathi Memon remembering M. N. Srinivas in Frontline. A interview with M. N. Srinivas by Chris Fuller.  

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‘Obesession with equality in America’ : Andre Beteille

American do not wish to reward birth, they do wish to reward intelligence. Unfortunately for Americans – and for egalitarians world over – birth and intelligence are closely connected, socially and perhaps to some extent also genetically. This is the … Continue reading

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A note on word ‘garden’

From the book ‘culture of flowers’, The English word ‘graden’ continues to mean an enclosure in which the soil has been worked over for planting plants of various kinds. It probably comes from the northern French form of ‘jardin’, but … Continue reading

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