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Articles by Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Climate change first hand

Mari Marcel Thekaekara on her experience of the world’s crazy weather.

  • April 27, 2012
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Women in India are not asking for it

After an exposé reveals the true thoughts of Indian police officers about rape victims, Mari Marcel Thekaekara says attitudes must change.

  • April 10, 2012
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Child worker abuse still rife in India

Mari Marcel Thekaekara visits an organization fighting for children’s rights in Delhi and hears some distressing stories.

Norway-India children plot thickens

Mari Marcel Thekaekara reacts to recent developments in the story of the Indian children taken away from their parents by social services in Norway.

  • March 30, 2012
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The cycle diaries: into ‘real’ India

A bike ride through the heart of India to raise money for indigenous children captured the imagination of everyone involved, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • March 19, 2012
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The aftermath of genocide

Ten years after the violence that led to hundreds of deaths in the Indian state of Gujarat, deep divisions still remain, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

America fights to save its cornfields

A new herbicide linked to a slew of health defects is causing extreme worry for environmentalists in the US, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • February 24, 2012
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Could you live on $2 a day?

Two young men returned to India to try. But for many millions, this is reality, not a short-term challenge, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • February 15, 2012
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A bride burnt every hour: the horror of dowry deaths

So why aren’t Indians up in arms about it? Time to name and shame, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • February 7, 2012
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Re-colonizing Africa?

India’s plans to buy up land in Africa are shameful, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • January 31, 2012
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Norway snatches Indian children from their parents

Two young Indian children have been taken into care in Norway because their mother fed them with her fingers. Mari Marcel Thekaekara is appalled.

  • January 23, 2012
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The United States of India

Mari Marcel Thekaekara gives us her kaleidoscopic thoughts on multiculturalism within an ever-changing India.

  • January 13, 2012
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Supermarkets battle for India's soul

India is allowing direct foreign investment, and the supermarkets are sharpening their knives, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • November 30, 2011
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Bangalore’s urban agriculture boom

Mari Marcel Thekaekara on how Bangaloreans, fed up with soaring vegetable prices, are growing their own organic food.

  • November 24, 2011
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Just changing the world

Mari Marcel Thekaekara on the recent conference for ‘Just Change’, a cooperative of poor producers, consumers and ethical investors.

  • November 15, 2011
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Chicken à la injection

Wild stories fly around about chicken farming but the reality remains less than wholesome, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • November 1, 2011
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Shouldn't police chase the real criminals?

Police infiltrating activist groups? They should be watching the bankers, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • October 24, 2011
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Let's make the economy work for the people

With the wealth gap widening, Mari Marcel Thekaekara on a plan to link ethical investors with producers and consumers all over the world.

  • October 14, 2011
  • 10

Can America's Spring change the world?

It is time for a change from rampant capitalism and the current protests in the US could be a starting point, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • October 6, 2011
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Why let a genocide get in the way of naked ambition?

Mari Marcel Thekaekara, on how Narender Modi could be a prime ministerial contender for the 2014 elections in India.

  • September 16, 2011
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India’s drug ‘lifeline’ under threat

India’s patenting laws mean it produces many drugs cheaply for developing countries. But corporate greed is putting this in jeopardy, argues Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • September 8, 2011
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Disappearing girls

Female foeticide in many parts of Asia reflects the grim position of women, argues Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • September 5, 2011
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‘Complete knowledge for long life’ – Ayurveda leads the way

A visit to an ayurvedic doctor convinces Mari Marcel Thekaekara that we need to balance the way we live.

  • September 1, 2011
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A closer look at India’s anti-corruption hero Anna Hazare

Mari Thekaekara wonders whether an undemocratic activist should be blackmailing the Indian government.

  • August 23, 2011
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To England, with sympathy and concern

In the wake of the riots, Indian writer and activist Mari Marcel Thekaekara on both the stark differences and worrying similarities to the situation on the subcontinent.

  • August 12, 2011
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Dear prime minister, how about food security in India?

Give poor people cash, not free or subsidized food, argue certain economists. The poor insist that food makes more sense, reports Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • July 22, 2011
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Mumbai: bomb blasts again

These terrorists are cowards and the worst enemies of their own people.’ Why do innocent people have to pay with their lives for the sins of evil politicians, asks Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • July 16, 2011
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India ruling bans anti-Maoist militia

Mari Marcel Thekaekara salutes Indian Supreme Court’s verdict that arming civilians to take on supposed Naxals – leftwing extremists according to the government – is unconstitutional. 

  • July 15, 2011
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L'affaire DSK: An affair to remember

Whatever the ouctome, the rape case against former IMF boss Dominique Strauss Kahn has opened up debates about predatory males the world over, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

Define Feminism: a poem

Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on the contradictions of what feminism is to her and what it isn’t.

Two gracious women I knew

Mourning the loss of her beloved Aunty, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on artful manners that seem to be disappearing with the older generation. 

  • June 13, 2011
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There's no escaping racism in India

Prejudice against inter-state and foreign migrants is on the rise, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

A second French Revolution?

Big boys who work hard must play hard, too? Ask the women! 

  • May 26, 2011
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Mayday on May Day

We’ve ‘moved on’ to a brave new world in which, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara, you have to swim with the tide… or sink. Instead of moving forward, we seem to be regressing.

  • May 20, 2011
  • 4

Indian elections, democracy and all that

We tend to treat our government as a joke and our democracy as a farce, says Mari Marcel Thekaekara of India. But often, the electorate stuns the intelligentsia.

  • May 16, 2011
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Osama is dead

After the death of Osama Bin Laden, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on the killing of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, and wonders what that has to do with justice or morality.

  • May 9, 2011
  • 3


South Asia’s giant, from the Country Profile series in our New Internationalist magazine.

  • May 1, 2011
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Stepping back to civilize ourselves

Spring is in the air. Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on work cycles, days off work, and those who don’t own their souls anymore.

  • April 29, 2011
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Lonely crusaders

History is replete with the horrors of war, torture and barbaric brutality. Our only hope lies in our heroes, sung and unsung.’

  • April 20, 2011
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Saving the girl child, and brides and prejudice

Mari Marcel Thekaekara reports from two states in India where girls have disappeared.

  • April 7, 2011
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Japan's tragedy: a wake-up call?

Mari Marcel Thekaekara says that a few centuries from now, if civilization as we know it still exists, history will judge us harshly. Will we ever learn?

  • March 30, 2011
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Adivasis and alcohol

For the women of India, it’s a matter of life and death. Quite literally.What to do? An action plan has been proposed.

  • March 14, 2011
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Not until it happens to you

A very personal narrative on vulnerability, crime, human rights, and numerous reality.

  • February 25, 2011
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Not so hopeless after all

Marginally speaking: How women of Kalol fight for their rights - and win.

  • February 11, 2011
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Starting a campaign, wish us luck

Alcoholism is a very real problem in India. While liquor industries are counting their phenomenal profits, many many people are suffering. 

  • February 4, 2011
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Marginally speaking

Our new blogger Mari Marcel Thekaekara, based in India, considers stories that never hit the headlines. Read her first post here.

  • January 25, 2011
  • 6

Vedanta undermined!

Victory for the hill tribes of India in a David and Goliath battle.

  • November 1, 2010
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Our kids, their kids

Children of safai karmacharis (people engaged in sanitation work) in Gujarat are being forced by teachers to clean toilets and mop floors in school. Mari Marcel Thekaekara listens to their stories.

  • October 28, 2009
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Honey is life

Gathering wild honey is an age-old tradition in South India. Mari Marcel Thekaekara and her husband Stan see how it’s done.

  • September 1, 2009
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Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

Although Gandhi is a household name all over the world, Babasaheb Ambedkar, architect of the Indian Constitution and the first person to fight effectively for the rights of dalits (aka ‘untouchables’)

  • April 1, 2009
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Independence Day + 1

Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on the state of the Indian nation in middle age.

  • August 21, 2008
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A lifetime in muck

Unbelievably, people still exist whose task in life is shovelling shit, as Mari Marcel Thekaekara explains.

  • August 1, 2008
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Free Binayak Sen!

The arrest of a doctor who works with poor communities in central India, on trumped-up charges of associating with ‘terrorist’ Naxalites, has sparked worldwide protest. Mari Marcel Thekaekara appeals for support.

  • September 3, 2007
  • 0

The Corporation that Changed the World

How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational

  • May 1, 2007
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Brand-hopping beauties

An alien consumer culture is blitzing Indian women. Mari Marcel Thekaekara takes its measure.

  • September 1, 2006
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Tsunami business

It could have been their finest hour. But Mari Marcel Thekaekara encountered bad behaviour by bingos after the tsunami in Tamil Nadu.

  • October 1, 2005
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View from the top

An interview with KR Narayanan, India’s only Dalit President.

  • July 1, 2005
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Combatting caste

Mari Marcel Thekaekara on the enduring evils of an ancient system of oppression and the struggles for dignity.

  • July 1, 2005
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Each in their place

There’s caste and there’s class. And in some places the two intertwine. Mari Marcel Thekaekara writes from India, where the struggle for Dalit rights is gathering strength.

  • February 1, 2004
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The Little Earth Book

The Little Earth Book by James Bruges

  • August 1, 2001
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Calvin Klein and the tea pickers

From Gudalur to Gloucester, some unusual alliances are being forged, reports Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

  • March 1, 1999
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