Dar al-Islam, the Indian Muslims and the Sense of Belonging

By Aindrila Chakraborty
Despite its innumerable flaws, one may argue that the planning and implementation of a ‘secular’ India during the Nehruvian era, did provide for what can be called Dar al-Iman for the Muslim communities of India, though it is a matter of altercation and debate.

The Story of the Pashmina: Trade, Colonialism and the Kashmiri Shawl

By Aindrila Chakraborty
The history of Pashmina, which today is globally consumed as an item of luxury, as an item symbolic of Kashmir and Kashmiri culture, is inextricably linked with commodity fetishism, in one of its early forms, entangled with the larger processes of colonialism.