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Religion and The Kenyan Constitution

Religion and The Kenyan Constitution

The first time visitor to Kenya will soon discover that Kenya is a very religious country. Churches and mosques are...

The Right To Culture

The Right To Culture

By Lotte Hughes and Emily Kinama By-lines: Lotte Hughes is an historian working on contemporary Kenya. Until recently she led a major...

Regular Columns

FROM HERO TO ZERO: Our age of moral persecution

FROM HERO TO ZERO: Our age of moral pers...

Is it possible for us to celebrate and perpetuate someone’s achievements whilst condoning that person’s human failings? The world has become very condemnatory, lately. And viciously so. If we read more or less the same newspapers, watch more or less the same TV shows and use more or less the same social media, then we have been made more or less part of the burgeoning, universal inquisition. It’s guiding tenet is simple: if evidence is found of past ethical misconduct on your part, no matter how long ago, then you must be ‘outed’ at the earliest opportunity, stripped of all your...

‘I Will Kill You!’

‘I Will Kill You!’

‘I will hunt you down ... I will find you ... and I will kill you’ - we are all familiar with muscular American men saying this in countless movies and other entertainment tropes. A typical scenario involves a hot-blooded white guy, in the prime of his life, who has been mugged, assaulted, beaten or otherwise physically harmed, or someone close to him – a wife, daughter, niece, friend – is raped, killed or seriously injured. This, then, is how he reacts, filled with an uncontrollable urge to inflict the bloodiest punishment on the perpetrator of the crime. But whoever that person...

Special Feature

K D Travadi : A Radical Visionary

K D Travadi : A Radical Visionary

By Shashi Tavares. Service to humanity is service to God KD Travadi's voice, loud and clear, thundered across the Kenya Legislative Council chamber as he debated the White Paper on the Civil Service with Tom Mboya, on 16 December 1960. He said: ‘... and I myself, am in my 44th year in this country - I have had my children and children's...

He Did Not Want Statues Of Himself

He Did Not Want Statues Of Himself

India should see the removal of Gandhi’s statue in Ghana as the decision of a sovereign people ‘It will be waste of good money to spend Pounds25,000 on erecting a clay or metallic statue of the figure of a man who is himself made of clay …’ Gandhi, Harijan on February 11, 1939. His view ignored, Gandhi statues were proposed, in his...

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About Awaaz

Awaaz is a magazine published tri-annually out of Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to provide a broad platform for debate and reflection on issues of both contemporary and historical interest. What started off in 2002 as a focus on the role of the South Asian community in the historical, political and socio-economic spheres of Kenya; has now broadened to cover the larger debates on diversity, democracy, human rights and social justice. The magazine also critically examines the role of minorities both as communities in Kenya and East Africa; as well as a concept of human rights in a society be they ethnic, racial, gender based, sexual or political.

Book and Film Reviews

Footsteps

Chaman Lal Chaman. 1934-2019

Chaman Lal Chaman. 1934-2019

Life is a dew drop. This I know. And yet. And yet! This Japanese Haiku (traditional t...

Urmila Jhaveri: 1931 - 2019

Urmila Jhaveri: 1931 - 2019

It is little wonder that as soon as news of Urmila Jhaveri`s death spread, heartfelt tri...

Farewell, Chaman, the legendary East African broadcaster – your fragrance will live on forever

Farewell, Chaman, the legendary East African broadcaster – y...

By SHAMLAL PURI in London The UK’s East African diaspora mourned the passing on of Cham...