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Proliferation of Astrological Services and Rising Superstitions

Ironically, the revolution in communications and technology has also led to a manifold increase in superstitions, leading to irrational beliefs and practices. This article is based on informal discussions with the employees of a call centre in Lucknow that offers astrological services, including advice and products. Babas and television channels, apart from persuasive employees, play a big role in making such call centres profi table.

An Unholy Festival

In a number of Indian festivals, the rituals and practices alienate different sections of society and even exploit them. Such is the case with the Holi celebrations in Charthari village in Uttar Pradesh where the dalits and women bear the brunt of the hard work that goes into observing the occasion but are not permitted to participate in the "enjoyment". This raises questions about interpretations of Holi as the carnivalesque churning of social hierarchies.

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