Happy Holi!

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  The festival of Holi has always been a boisterous one, in which Indians wait the entire year for the one day when they can splash colors all over each other. It is a phenomenon that resonates equally across urban and rural societies but has many variations. While Holi, especially in north Indian cities like… Read more »

वृंदावन की विधवाओं के जीवन में पहली बार गुजरे खुशी के पल

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भारत मंदिरों व धार्मिक स्थलों का केंद्र है और इनमें यमुना के तट पर स्थित वृंदावन का विशेष महत्व है। लगभग 4 वर्ष पूर्व बटाला के प्रसिद्ध समाजसेवी महाशा गोकुल चंद जी के निमंत्रण पर मैं वहां गया था। वृंदावन में मैंने 88 वर्षीय महाशा गोकुल चंद जी द्वारा निर्मित ‘श्री राधा ब्रज रमण लाल… Read more »

Colourful turn

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This refers to the report that for the first time, the Vrindavan widows played Holi with one another using flower petals and colour powder (March 25). With their shackles broken, thanks to Sulabh International, the hapless women have made an effort to enter the mainstream. Bindeshwar Pathak’s efforts to emancipate the widows in government-run shelter… Read more »

Colourful Holi for widows does not mean a change in tradition

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The widows of Vrindavan are better off playing Holi with colours than practising traditional abstinence, true. But how much better off? Does this symbolic breaching of the limits of widowhood lead on to anything more substantive, either for these women or for Indian women in general? The answers can only be contingent. But to the extent the initiative of Sulabh International, a voluntary organisation, provokes… Read more »