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Under the sacred protection of Babas (Saddhus)

TRAVEL ESSAY: I spent the corona quarantine in an ashram in legendary Rishikesh, India, spiritually led by Juna Akhara naga babas – naked men smeared in ash.

From eco-nightmares to historical relief

Kim Stanley Robinson: The Ministry for the Future

THE FUTURE OF THE EARTH: In a groundbreaking new collective novel, we can read about how the climate crisis is escalating and a new ecological world order is emerging.

Caste – a universal system of inequality, abuse of power and humiliation

Isabel Wilkerson: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent

RANK: In India it is the surname, in the USA it is the skin color, which determines whether one is at the top or bottom of the caste system's ladder

Freedom, dignity and hope

GAZA: MODERN TIMES meets different voices in Gaza today: About the United States' new plan, and conditions on the ground.

It's our own fault

DESTROYED NATURE: : Profit hunting, illegal trade in wild animals and a growing population taking over natural areas, provide fertile ground for disasters. Covid-19 is not nature's revenge; we have done this to ourselves.

The illiteracy of Pakistan

READING AND WRITING DIFFICULTIES: Pakistan needs to prioritize citizens' inadequate literacy skills and should implement a nationwide program that takes into account the country's multicultural and foreign language communities.

Gandhi's method

NEWSPAPER EDITOR: Fighting for peace and reconciliation is not easy.

In the shadow of the caste society

Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Anand Vaidya: Indian Democracy. Origins, Trajectories, Contestations

INDIA'S CONFLICTS: India's strong economic growth under Narendra Modi has deepened the social disparities. The coexistence of the many religious groups

Gandhi put into perspective

Talat Ahmet: Talat Ahmed: Mohandas Gandhi. Experiments in Civil Disobedience

GANDHI: History Professor Talat Ahmet has written a nuanced and thought-provoking biography of Gandhi, with particular emphasis on his thoughts on civil disobedience and nonviolent protest.

Aadhaar: India's new caste system

: The comprehensive census in India maps the population – but also cements the caste society the country has tried to get rid of. Amnesty International warns, and Indian human rights lawyer Shyam Divan has sued.

In the guts of the factory

Rahul Jain: Machines

: The rhythm, colors and speed of the Indian textile factory are beautifully and thoughtfully presented, but the most important political sting is missing.

India: The Pragmatic Disarmament Partner

: Several European countries worry about nuclear war between India and Pakistan. Is it realistic?