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Sylheti-Hindu ‘Lifeworld’ – A Forgotten Hindu Community

Indians, by and large, are unaware of the existence of the Sylheti-Hindus, tucked away in a remote corner of the North-East. They have survived many vagaries of history, including the loss of their homeland. Here is finally a book that provides one a comprehensive introduction to the rich and vibrant, but vanishing, ‘lifeworld’ of the Sylheti-Hindus. Sylhet is now a part of Bangladesh. Very few now know that Sylhet was home to a great Hindu community which had a distinct identity of its own - the Sylheti Hindus. The Sylheti Hindus have a distinct language of their own, as well as a different script which has now fallen in disuse. The Sylheti Hindus have now dispersed through Assam, Tripura and various states of India. The tragic thing about this diaspora is that they are under the danger of losing their unique cultural identity under 'modernization'. Even more tragic is the fact that there is no effort from the side of the State or from even private cultural organizations to preserve the customs and traditions of the Sylheti Hindus for the benefit of posterity. The book discussed under this review is a step in that direction.

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5 Books to Read in Western Political Thought

May 13,20by Saumya Dey

In this article, author Saumya Dey recommends five books to read for a 'Purva Paksha' of our ideological enemies. The following five books could provide one a reasonably good sense of Western political thought till the age of enlightenment, Marxism along with its interpretation of history, and certain aspects of, what is termed these days, ‘critical theory’ pertaining to the post-enlightenment and industrial cognitive and social order. To challenge Western universalism, or ‘radical’, Left leaning academic activism (that uses the resources of Marxism and ‘critical theory’), one has to know their premises, and a perusal of these books may be five fruitful steps in that direction. To beat the enemy, you must know the enemy first.

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