Where Does the Tiger Live? Reservation vs. Inclusion

Alito Siqueira / Professor Alito Siqueira passed away on August 8, 2019 leaving so many of us in shock. Today, on Teacher's Day, we fondly remember our mentor and friend, and present this article that he had been working on. He wanted to do another version of it, but those who knew him will see... Continue Reading →

Chula Chakki Hi Zindagi Hai?—Higher Education Among Muslim Girls

Khushboo I. Narangi / A personal experience of courage and cunning to get admitted to a higher secondary contrary to the customs of the author’s community. This heart-warming experience stimulates this research. The author then explores how Muslim women and their families engage with both English and Urdu education. In our rapidly changing modern world,... Continue Reading →

A Velip Writes Back

Priyanka Velip / Every tribal community has its myths of origins. When a woman from a tribal community goes to University she wants to know her history. She reads books and she gets confused about the differences amongst historians and cultural scholars who are speculating about the origins of her community. But one thing comes... Continue Reading →

Where Have all the Songs and Rituals Gone?

Mozinha Fernandes / A chance opportunity to collect information on the traditional songs of her community leads to a realization that it is difficult to do this because what was sung and danced is no longer performed, and no longer remembered. This article recounts the small exploration as to why the songs have disappeared with... Continue Reading →

Why Dance?

Elizabeth Bara / Being of Oraon tribal origins, from Orissa, Elizabeth has lived in Goa since childhood. She loves dancing and has worked in the past on the cruise boats of Mandovi, doing a Goan tribal dance routine for tourists. She is most aware of the multiple ways in which prejudice works against her as... Continue Reading →

The Women Vendors at the Mapusa Friday Market

Cheryl De Souza / Revisiting the Mapusa Market from her grandmother’s (a woman vendor’s) experience, the author looks at lives of these vendors and finds that their lives are far different from the picture-perfect images of the market presented to the tourism industry. The hardship arising from gender and the informal nature of the sector... Continue Reading →

Ashamed of Speaking in Konkani

Avita Gonsalves / English has overshadowed Konkani as the mother tongue of all Goans. Konkani speaking can evoke shame in the presence of English speaking persons. But then, not all forms of Konkani are equal either, so some Konkani dialects stimulate shame in the speaker as compared to others because they indicate the social status... Continue Reading →

Religion and Identity in Transition

Rajeshwari Mesta / As the port town of Vasco da Gama and the industry around it grew, so did its migrant population. Further, workers from neighbouring states came to work on the trawlers as fishing became mechanised, making Vasco perhaps the most cosmopolitan working class town in Goa. Today, the children of those who came... Continue Reading →

My Ancestral Home: Where Is It?

Preeti Padgaonkar / In Goa, and in some other parts of India, it is often suggested that every person has a village of origin. The village along with family are sometimes still critical to establish identity, and individuals are often identified and known by their family and village name, along with other social markers such... Continue Reading →


Favita Dias / In 2014 I saw a short film titled Ami Konn by Vithai Zaraunkar, who hails from the tribal Velip community of Goa. She was then a Sociology student at the Goa University, and has since done her B.Ed. and teaches Sociology in a Higher Secondary School. In the film Vithai talks about... Continue Reading →

Learning and Recovery are Messy and Emotional

Alito Siqueira / When students sit ‘blank-faced’ in silence, or speak or laugh loudly, or look bored, or are ‘fidgety’ and distracted, showing a lack of application or concentration, they are treated as deficient in some way. When they have distinct or peculiar ways of perceiving and expressing their realities, they are thought to be... Continue Reading →

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