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Buddha as Elephant: Dhauligiri to Dindikal and the Mystery of Ganes

// January 2nd, 2016 // No Comments » // Cultural Politics

Asoka represented the enlightened one as an exquisite elephant or Gajotama at Dhauligiri near the Kalinga war site by the river Daya near Bhubaneswar in Odisha.  This BC 3rd century rock cut idol is one of the earliest archaeological representations of the Buddha that is still surviving and is one of the earliest examples of […]

Dalava Kulam Massacre: Caste Killing in 19th Century Kerala

// September 28th, 2015 // 1 Comment » // Cultural Politics

Dalava means Divan or chief minister in the former princely states of Travancore and Kochi that formed the south and mid Kerala till independence and Indian union formation in mid 20th century. Kulam means a huge pond or temple tank.  The tank of the Dalava or Dalava Kulam is in Vaikam in northern part of […]

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