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Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Mari is a writer based in Gudalur, in the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu. She writes on human rights issues with a focus on dalits, adivasis, women, children, the environment, and poverty. Mari's book Endless Filth, published in 1999, on balmikis, is to be followed by a second book on campaigns within India to abolish manual scavenging work. She co-founded Accord in 1985 to work with Adivasi people. Mari has been a contributor to New Internationalist since 1991.

About the blog I travel around India a lot, covering dalit and adivasi issues. I often find myself really moved by stories that never make it to the mainstream media. My son Tarsh suggested I start blogging. And the New Internationalist collective are the nicest bunch of editors I’ve worked with. So here goes.

Senegal's President Macky Sall addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Who are you calling ‘international community’?

When did the ‘international community’ become a synonym for the West, asks Nanjala Nyabola?

Latest issue: April 2020

The fight for clean air

Articles by Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Indian women prohibition
Indian women have had enough of alcohol’s impacts, reports Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
A Jain Temple in the old part of Fort Cochin. Since they are feeding doves regularly here, tons of birds are flying around the temple, usually.
A millennia-old blot on Hinduism was overturned in Kerala, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
#MeToo India
On the streets, on buses, public transport, almost any woman is taking part, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
Harsh Mander, India caravan of peace
Mari Marcel Thekaekara writes about a group bringing peace to those affected by hate attacks in India.
A week after Gauri Lankesh’s murder, fascists are attacking her memory, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
Hindu-Muslim violence must stop, argues Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
We need to ask why these disasters happen again and again, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
The world will miss the lawyer and philantrophist who defended Mandela and was chair of Oxfam, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
The community behind the project provides a reason to be cheerful amidst the terrible news of the past few weeks, writes Mari...
Indian writer Mari Marcel Thekaekara was in Britain during the elections, and writes her impression of campaigns and results.
It’s hard to speak the truth when grief and anger are at their peak, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
The Donald is risible – but arms sales are no laughing matter, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.

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