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Luc Nadeau - Blog 3: On Pluralism and Political Islam

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Lest we forget pluralist justifications for the separation of church and state. Being a fan of freedom of expression and the values of liberty and equality espoused by the liberal democracy I call home, I was, perhaps naively, rather surprised when I began reading some of the works written by MSRI’s late founder Alijah (Shirley) Gordon.

Sasha Mosky - Blog 3: A Taxing Situation: A look at on the ground responses to India’s most significant tax reform

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On July 1st, 2017 India consolidated various state and central government taxes into a singular, nation-wide tax. Goods and Service Tax (GST) was introduced across India with the aim of improving economic conditions across the country. It is the biggest tax reform since India’s independence and was celebrated by the central government as economic progress for India.

Duncan Chalmers - Blog 3: Feasting, Religion, and Gender - Experiences of a Karenni Funeral

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A number of weekends ago, August 5th to 7th to be exact, was an interesting one here at SDC. A hive of activity. A cornucopia of sounds. A true array of emotions. One could use all of these expressions to describe it. However, the one word that seems to best represent the happenings of this particular weekend stands as one of a much simpler diction: Fascinating. And oh what a fascinating three days it was. I say this for a number of reasons, but perhaps most notably due to the critical intersections the events exhibited with the concepts of religion and gender. Allow me to elaborate.

Marlin Beswetherick - Blog 3: An Unequal Price

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Recently, my job has given me the opportunity to hear about the realities of life as a refugee in Malaysia. It’s not pretty and there is no ‘one story’ that can encapsulate it. While all experiences are diverse and varied, one of the main factors of this variation can be boiled down to wealth. Privileges that are so taken for granted we hardly recognize as privilege must be bought (and the price is steep).

Blog 3: Anarchy! ..In the heart of India? - The power (and deep-rooted history) of community-based direct action in rural Indian villages

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     I have struggled with figuring out the ways to express all that has been accumulating in my head over the past couple of months I’ve spent here in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. I struggled with my purpose, my project, my representation, my place, my role, my thoughts and notions. I have also struggled with what I am learning, what I am grasping, what I am taking away.

Blog 2.4: We Art United

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During a table conversation at a state Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) dinner with Govt officials, NGO leaders and Bureaucrats; one man, a Dean of a university in Haryana, in between discussing his views on policy and legal frameworks suddenly reveals, “I wanted to make a children’s show you know? Like Sesame Street? We don’t have such programs in India, and I tried really hard a few years ago to make that happen, but the funding just wasn’t there, no one supported it, they thought I was crazy.”

Blog 2.3: City by Night - A reflection of exploring Raipur one evening during Ganesh Chaturthi.

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August 28, 2017 - A reflection of exploring Raipur one evening during Ganesh Chaturthi

Blog 2.2: Lost in the Art of Translation – Understanding the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in Sunderkera

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This blog post will discuss my visit to the village of Sundekera, where I met with various community leaders and frontline workers, where we spoke on the successes and failures of SBM in their village community. (August 10, 2017)

Blog 2.1: From the villages of Chhattisgarh – Tales of challenges, cooperation and mutual inspiration

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(August 9, 2017 )This blog post will discuss my field visit to Donde Khurd, a village about 20km outside of Raipur, Chhattisgarh where I participated in the weekly village Shramdaan. I am currently based in Raipur, Chhattisgarh researching the impacts of the Swachh Bharat Mission in rural communities and villages.

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