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Nash Colundalur

Journalist

Nash Colundalur is an award winning journalist writing for International publications such as the Guardian Newspaper, Prospect and The New Internationalist Magazines. He won the Guardian International Development Award for his reportage on the drought in northern Kenya. 
Odisha’s Handloom Weavers Spin Magical Silks, But Their Livelihoods Are In

Odisha’s Handloom Weavers Spin Magical Silks, But Their Livelihoods Are In Tatters

“The beauty lies in the imperfection,” says Babuli's wife looking up from above her thick spectacles. “Every time one wears a handwoven silk sari, every time one turns, the sun hits it differently and it glitters like a new river.” She points the spinning wheel of raw silk thread in the sun and twirls it like a magic wand. The glitter is now in her eyes when she says, “Sometimes you can see the cosmos in it.” Babuli rebukes her, “But who cares. All they want is cheap machine-made ones.”
01/09/2016 3:14 PM IST
Why We Might As Well Broaden The Reach Of The Sedition

Why We Might As Well Broaden The Reach Of The Sedition Law

If the current censorship is justified in protecting nationhood, then along with penalizing cartoonists for interchanging animals on the national symbol, privileged actors who have allegedly hunted and murdered chinkaras, the state animal of Rajasthan, should also be tried under the sedition law. If singers challenging the political system are punished, then other performers who degrade the women of India by singing songs with lyrics such as “I'm a rapist”, should also be booked under the sedition law.
22/08/2016 3:02 PM IST
Discrimination Runs Deep In India And It's Time We Accepted

Discrimination Runs Deep In India And It's Time We Accepted It

India needs to concede and unflinchingly admit that racism and discrimination are in fact a public establishment. With its great economic motivations and campaigns in the rest of the world, India cannot simply reschedule change for the next century, nor can it afford to endlessly debate its history to uncover what is and isn't certified by the Vedas.
15/06/2016 8:42 AM IST
We Are Like This Only... But Don't You Dare Say We Are Racist Or

We Are Like This Only... But Don't You Dare Say We Are Racist Or Intolerant

South Indians loathe the "Hindikaaren" people -- that is, anyone living beyond the borders of Tamil Nadu; North Indians make fun of dark-skinned (or to use politician Kumar Vishwas's term, "kaali-peeli") southerners; Punjabis hate stingy Gujjus and Gujaratis in turn hate the foolishly fierce Panjus, who can only think of lassi and murder; Kannadigas hate the "Tamilu" people for taking their water, Tamilians dislike the "Kannadam" for keeping their water; everyone hates the "Chinkies" of the Northeast. And I haven't even got to caste and religion.
31/05/2016 8:17 AM IST
Should Indian Companies Keep Supplying Medicines To Non-Paying

Should Indian Companies Keep Supplying Medicines To Non-Paying Venezuela?

A profitable company like Dr. Reddy's, despite being owed millions still kept supplying drugs to struggling Venezuela. But when debt levels became unsustainable, it was forced to cut back. The unpaid receivables till last year stood at $60 million, and the number has surely considerably risen since then. With only $4 million of that received this January-March quarter, the company, being forced to write off its dues, saw a staggering 86% fall in profits.
23/05/2016 8:15 AM IST
Why The Nagas Don't Like To Speak Of

Why The Nagas Don't Like To Speak Of Delhi

As if referring to a delinquent relative, the people of the Konyak tribe of Nagaland rebuffed the very existence of Delhi. "Who? What? No we don't talk about that during the festival," said an elderly, dazzlingly bedecked woman. In the current climate, where a doomsday machine of counterfeit nationalism is being assembled by the central government, this attitude would normally call for expulsion of the largely Christian Nagas, but ironically this is exactly what the Nagas have been fighting for...
13/05/2016 8:24 AM IST