How Nanak used nature in his verses to drive home his point
Down To Earth speaks to musician and singer Rabbi Shergill about the poetry of Sikhism’s founder and its many allusions to facets of …
The peasant rebels of the Satnami Rebellion
'Fear of Lions' is a fictional retelling of the Satnami revolt against Aurangzeb, and underlines the importance of rebellion in times of oppression
`Ancient Indian literature displays exact knowledge of environmental phenomena'
Retired diplomat and well-known translator of ancient Sanskrit texts, Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar recently released the reprint of his …
‘We need to treat the mountains gently and with respect’
Down To Earth speaks to Peter Hillary, the son of the legendary Sir Edmund, who was the first to scale Mt Everest on May 29, 1953 with Tenzing Norgay
Tulsi Gabbard’s decision to contest is a victory for Polynesia
Let us, for a moment, forget the Hawaii Congresswoman’s links to Hindu nationalism and instead, focus on her indigenous Pacific roots
Russia joined the coloniser's club in 1741 when its Great Northern Expedition discovered Alaska. It remains the most grisly exploration in …
“तटीय भाषाएं चुका रही हैं परिवर्तन की कीमत”
भाषाविद गणेश देवी ने ऐसे अनूठे भाषा सर्वेक्षण का नया खंड प्रकाशित किया है, जो भूगोल और लोगों के स्थानीय दावों पर आधारित है।
‘The United States’ Indian Wars never ended’
Down To Earth speaks to Ruth Hopkins, writer of Dakota and Lakota Sioux origin, about various issues concerning Native Americans today in the …
‘We have to be optimistic about the survival of Africa’s Pygmy peoples’
Brussels-based Dutchwoman Monique Munting has donned several hats. She has been an academic, independent researcher, consultant and is currently, …
Will John Chau’s body spread disease among the Sentinelese? Scientists differ
While the body will definitely give out pathogens, whether or not the Sentinelese are susceptible to them is not known
‘Las Casas’ defence of indigenous rights has left a deep mark on Pope Francis’
Down To Earth speaks to Carmody Grey, assistant professor of Catholic theology in the department of theology and religion, Durham University, UK, …
US national allegedly killed by Sentinelese tribesmen in the Andamans
John Allen Chau had gone to North Sentinel island, hitherto out of bounds for visitors, reportedly for preaching the Gospel to the tribe
"Dialects are the avant-garde teams exploring new semantic possibilities"
Linguist GANESH DEVY has just published a new volume of a unique language survey that is based on geography and people's vernacular claims. He …
‘Plant dyes should be used on an industrial level only if the plants' cultivation is propagated’
Vadodara-based artist Taniya Vaidya recently exhibited her collection of paintings at New Delhi’s India International Centre. She mainly …
Activists favour grant of Scheduled Tribe status to Siddis across Karnataka
The state has the largest concentration of the Afro-Indian community but ST status is granted to them in only 1 district
‘Leave the Sentinelese alone’
50 years after he first visited North Sentinel Island in the Andaman archipelago, veteran anthropologist, T N Pandit talks to Down To Earth about …
Do we need to ‘save’ the Sentinelese?
The Sentinelese and other tribes of the Andamans are minuscule in number. Will they die out or survive?
‘The Persian Gulf is a sensitive issue in Iran’
Amir Masoud Aghababaeian is an Iranian film-maker, originally from Isfahan and based in Tehran. He is the director of ‘Mermaid’, a …
Wet’suewet’en protests have exposed Canada’s racist underbelly: Ruth Hopkins
Protests against proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline through First Nations land in British Columbia, has crippled rail travel
`Bioregionalism could become a global movement'
French architect Didier Prost is an advocate of bioregionalism, which calls for a renewed focus on local people and knowledge to innovate for …
“Aboriginal people in Australia still do not have right over their land”
Poet and writer ALI COBBY ECKERMANN was in India recently to launch her memoir, Too Afraid To Cry. The book is an account of her growing up as a …
Environmentally conscious former PM Vajpayee no more
Two old timers recall the contributions that Vajpayee made to the field of environmental governance in India
'Green Party’s rise is a response to the rise of nasty populist movements'
Newly-elected Member of European Parliament from the British Green Party, Catherine Rowett speaks to Down To Earth about the significance of the …
Tribal rights in India are a grey picture: experts
In the light of the recent murder of a US national in the Andamans by an isolated tribe, experts say the rights of indigenous communities in …
Andaman isles should've been given indigenous names: Anvita Abbi
Prominent linguist and expert on Andamanese languages says the Ross, Neil and Havelock islands should have been given names from the Great …