The South Asian Life & Times - SALT   
  Spring 2014          



 Spring 2014


Editor's Note

 Arctic to Antarctic
 - Overland

  Great Himalaya Trail 

India Art Fair 2014

 Nirav Modi 

 Magic of Sorcars

 Tino Sehgal

  Nina Davuluri

 Ravindra Salve

 Threatened Tribes

 Tribal Victories 2013

 - Dongria Kondh

 - Jarawas

 - Soliga

 Indian Painting


 And the Mountains

 A God in Every Stone

 Beloved Strangers

 I Am Malala 












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The close of 2013 brought us some surprises – among them the meteoric rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the more-than-meteoric rise of Arvind Kejriwal – the newly appointed Chief Minister of Delhi.  He is seen as a hero of the times - despite his imaginative fashion statement – a scarf tucked under his text-heavy white cap.  He is indeed a people’s man – rode on a metro for his swearing –in ceremony; refuses to live in a sprawling Lutyen’s bungalow – wants a modest government flat instead; and refuses security cover. He is fighting corruption, and fighting for the much-needed women’s security. This is music to one’s ears.

The start to 2014 was almost blessed. What a triumph for the Dongria Kondh! Their decade-long battle with the mining giant Vedanta was resolved in their favour with the support of the Government of India. The bauxite-rich Niyamgiri Hill (Odisha), held sacred by the Dongria, is now safe from Vedanta’s billion-dollar mining ambitions.  They became India’s first tribal community ever to be allowed to hold a referendum - their explicit ‘No’ to mining was upheld by the government. We rejoice in their victory. One hopes the extraordinary cultural sensitivity shown by the Supreme Court of India and the Ministry of Environment & Forests, will also extend towards other tribal communities – especially the Jarawa – whose dwindling numbers have turned them into a tourist curiosity in the Andamans.  SALT supports the ‘Proud not Primitive’ campaign that challenges prejudices against tribal peoples.

We have carried two fascinating adventure stories in this issue – one is the 36,000km-long overland journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic by the intrepid traveller Akhil Bakshi and the other on the newly opened Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal – a network of trails amidst the highest mountains in the world.

Wish you a great year ahead.

Roopa Bakshi



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