Women Sufis of Delhi (Sadia Dehlvi profiles some of the early women Sufis of Delhi)

One of my favourite verses of the Quran is Surah Al Azhab which makes it clear that spiritual blessings are intended for both righteous men and women who are equal in the eyes of God. The woman “auliya" meaning friend of God appeared in the early history of Islam and the dignity of sainthood was conferred on women as much as men.

Time to Re-Assess Indigenous Knowledge of Agriculture

By Dr Claude Alvares (Lecture for the National Conference on Innovation in Traditional Practices for Cultivation of Fruit, Vegetable, and Plantation Crops held at ICAR, Goa, on December 11-12, 2014)

The undoubted and perhaps unintended – or unforeseen – ill-effects associated with the conventional green revolution package of practices has compelled both farmers and governments to look more favourably at organic farming, which appears unassociated with any of these deadly impacts.