No Heaven for Gunga Din, the story of a futuristic Iranian novel from 1965

Ali Mirdrekvandi was a poorly-educated native of Lorestan who taught himself enough English to write his mystical fable, No Heaven For Gunga Din, while working at an officers’ mess in Tehran during World War II. The book tells the story of 83 American and British officers and their servant, Gunga Din, as they journey across the Milky Way in search of heaven in the year 2084.
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The Politics of Persian Language Education in Colonial India

The importance of Persian education to families living in late-nineteenth century North India is often overlooked, perhaps because colonial rhetoric in the period treated Persian as irrelevant and emphasized the English-vernacular debate in education. Nonetheless, for many Indian elites, Persian remained a vital part of a well-rounded education. Persian literacy offered access to an extra-colonial identity marker and extra-colonial forms of employment and patronage.
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