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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:02

First Word

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Muhindi Blood, Kenya Damu! By: Dipesh Pabari "Would that we might be adequately demystified to be unified in our political maturity; neither to use the instruments of prejudice ad hate to suffocate each other with tear gas, not to beat each other senseless, nor to shoot at each other with live bullets, nor to loot each other's shops, nor to rape each other."Thus wrote John Sibi-Okumu in the previous editorial of AwaaZ as we prepared to go to the ballot. Three months later, we sat glued to the TV screen in disbelief as the cartography of violence was sketched. In…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:02

BRIEFS

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BRIEFS By Awaaz team RICHA ADHIA'S CORONATION DRAWS MIXED REACTIONS RICHA ADHIA was announced Vodacom Miss Tanzania 2007 on Saturday night,drawing mixed reactions from the audiences as some cheered, while others muttered words of disapproval. RichaThe 19-year-old led a clean sweep of the top three positions for the Dar es Salaam beauty queens. Lilian Abel from Kinondoni finished second, while Queen David from Temeke finished third. But the judges' decision in everything is final, and Richa will therefore fly the Tanzanian flag at the Miss World beauty pageant later this year in China. She received the crown together with a…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:00

THE KARIMS - A SPORTING DYNASTY

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By Zoeb Tayebjee It is rarely that in any sporting history father and son have been known to represent the country in two disciplines. Yusuf Karim and Asif Karim - father and son - have done so in cricket and in tennis. Yusuf, emigrated to Kenya from Bombay in 1937 when he was barely out of his nappies (at the age of two). He eventually went on to become a sports icon. He took up cricket and tennis, played for the national teams, but later decided to concentrate on tennis, a game that made him the Coast champion virtually uninterruptedly…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:00

CREDIBLE CONSERVATIONISTS

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By Wahida Shah & Anjali Saini The South Asian Community and Environmental Management in Kenya Businesses have long relied on natural resources (ecosystem services) for inputs and profits; these having been available at low or no cost (water, clean air, soil, pollination services, carbon, wood etc). Two important trends have unfolded over the last 30 years that promise an alternative future. First, government agencies at various levels are showing increasing acceptance and interest in environmental policy instruments. Second, businesses across the globe are paying more attention to their responsibilities as corporate citizens as well as the business case for investments…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 08:59

BORN TAMILS - COMPELLED TO BECOME FRENCH

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By Christian Ghasarian Among the Indian Diaspora living in the Indian Ocean are Tamils who have settled in important number in the relatively isolated Island of La Réunion since the end of the nineteenth century. People of Tamil descent are estimated to be around 120,000 on a total population of 774.000 inhabitants on the Island in 2005. This population has developed some patterns of behavior that are not quite those of their ancestors from Tamil Nadu nor those of the other inhabitants of the multicultural society of La Réunion. Anthropological investigations nevertheless show that despite a strong policy of acculturation…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 08:59

SIDDIS OF INDIA, AFRICANS IN DIU ISLAND, GUJARAT

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By Ababu Minda Yimene Commercial contact between India and Africa grew substantially after the rise of Islam in the seventh century, and continued through the twentieth century. Until recent eras, this commercial relation involved the mass migration of Africans to Asia for several reasons among which the trade in humans is one. Many African war captives were taken to India to serve as soldiers and domestics among the aristocracy of rising Islamic kingdoms, while some were brought by colonial powers to work as labourers and seamen, and still others emigrated on their own will and engaged in various occupations. Descendants…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 08:58

HARPREET AND CLEMENT: OPEN LETTERS

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By Sunny Bindra Dear Harpreet and Clement Ah, young love! The thrill, the joy, the agony. It was written in the stars, it was sung on the wind, it was meant to be. When romance is in the ascendant, nothing else seems to matter. Congratulations, youngsters. We can only wish you well. May your love blossom, mature and set an example to the world. In the meantime, you may want to think about some things. Harpreet: Pregnant at 18, with no obvious means of financial support? What exactly were you thinking? Clement: granted, you were pushed into a corner by…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 08:58

REMINISCENCES OF APA PANT

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By Professor Robert Gregory "I first became acquainted with Apa Pant in the early 1980s when engaged in research on the Asians of East Africa. I was struck by the importance of his leadership as the first Indian High Commissioner to East Africa at a critical time in the history of the Asian community. Strongly influenced by Gandhi, his personal friend, and representing Nehru, another friend who appointed him, Pant was welcomed by the Asians who hoped he would take the lead in helping them to secure equality with the highly privileged European community. But when he addressed the crowd…
By Angelo Faria I. Introduction My evidentiary background in preparing this piece is, by generally academic standards, rather more informal in character. Moreover, it is limited in scope essentially to the evolving political environment in Kenya during Pant's tenure as if Pant was a major player, which of course he was not, and with only passing reference to Pant's influence in the three other East African countries (Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar/Pemba), and virtually none to the Central African countries. In this connection, I have found Pant's four books (1974, Chapter 4; 1978, Chapter 2; and 1987, Chapter 1) to be…
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 08:55

APA PANT IN EAST AFRICA

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By Benegal Pereira I have sought to focus this compilation essentially on Apa Pant's period in East Africa. To this end, the material includes details about his life and work before his assignment, and there is little dealing with the long period thereafter. I would like to thank all the following persons who assisted me with producing this compilation: Zahid Rajan who as publisher of Awaaz first suggested this topic to me several months ago, then gave me the benefit of several postponements because of other work pressures and finally pushed me to complete the task; Mrs. Leela Patel, a…
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