British colonialism

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

“We can handle the truth. Can you handle the shame?”

I interviewed my colleague at SUNY-Oswego, Faith Maina, just as the story broke about Britain’s involvement in human rights atrocities in Kenya. Faith was only born after Kenya attained independence; but her father—a teacher—was detained twice during the Mau Mau uprising; afterwards, he could only get a job as a “boy” in the city. Her family also lost their lands,

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa

Relevant (and longish) excerpt from Anita Desai’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography, _Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India_; in The New York Review of Books; she starts with Lelyveld’s decision to start the...

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

T.I.A: Soldiers for the Motherland