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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.

Women march during the National Black Consciousness Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Black women in the vanguard

In Brazil, misogynoir – misogyny directed at black women – has been used to fire up President Jair Bolsonaro’s machismo base, and divert the population’s attention away from his failings. Leonardo Sakomoto writes.

Latest issue: April 2020

The fight for clean air

Articles by Mari Marcel Thekaekara

On World Indigenous Day, columnist Mari Marcel Thekaekara revisits the fortunes of India’s ‘original inhabitants’ since...
Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on the Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka and provides a glimpse of a more hopeful future in...
Can the country produce its own iconic Prime Minister? It desperately needs one, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
When the body bags reach the relatives, the biggest question remains, ‘Why?’ Mari Marcel Thekaekara writes about the...
NGO worker Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on the progression of indigenous Adivasi rights in India.
This Indian state's current struggle sets a good example for the rest of the country, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
Father Claude D'Souza.
Mari Marcel Thekaekara remembers Father Claude D’Souza.
Mari Marcel Thekaekara
Our regular contributor from India, Mari Marcel Thekaekara, looks back.
Sign pointing to the village of Hope, Derbyshire UK. Photo by: Flickr user pol sifter
As we bid farewell to 2017, Mari Marcel Thekaekara looks back at the year that was.
The Supreme Court of India
India witnesses more attacks to minorities and the public seems not to care. By Mari Marcel Thekaekara.
Air pollution India: Smog near Delhi. Photo: Saurabh Kumar, Creative Commons
When smog stops play, you know it’s real bad. Mari Marcel Thekaekara writes.

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