Mumbai

The Muslim-left legacy of an Urdu library in Mumbai

The Awami Idara, rooted in a working-class Muslim neighbourhood, connects the long history of Southasian Muslim labour activism to political movements and events across Mumbai, Southasia and beyond.

| Jan 09, 2023

The paanwallah 

A devotee’s paean to the culture of paan.

| Dec 09, 2022

Revisiting the past, reimagining a future 

How an art magazine found a place in India’s nation-building narratives.

| Feb 16, 2021

Celebrating chauvinism

The biopic on Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray is a cynical endorsement of violence.

| Feb 14, 2019

Please remember

Meena Menon’s book does Mumbai a service, recording personal accounts of the Mumbai riots, and showing us what they mean for the city today.

| Jan 15, 2013

The embrace of Mumbai

The siren call of Bombay attracts the rich and poor throughout Southasia, including large numbers of women from Nepal and Bangladesh. While some are dragged under by the vicious subculture of manipulation and forced labour, …

| Aug 01, 2006

This very uncivil society

They call it humanisation with a global face—or is it the other way around? From 16 to 21 January 2004, the World Social Forum (WSF) convenes in Bombay, the first departure from its home in …

| Dec 01, 2003

Mumbai

| Aug 01, 1998

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