Anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros has asserted a very striking phrase: “The indigenous people are specialists in the end of the world, since theirs ended in 1500,” referring to the year the Portuguese landed in Brazil.
“I heard the noise of a scouting plane… It was so close. I knew it was going to fall down, but I did not imagine it would crash into my farmland,” says Amin*, who rushed at the time to see the flames devouring his land.
Extracting granite from mines in Karnataka is back-breaking labor that produces breathtaking wealth. But some of the laborers who do this work allege caste violence, bonded servitude and even sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. One family tells their story.
In Karachi, Pakistan where monsoon rain often means days without electricity, flooded roads and property damaged, at the end of the day is it truly a rehmat (blessing) from nature or ongoing zehmat (misery) for city dwellers?
October 25, 2021
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