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Communal Construction of the Past: Attack on Unit Filming Padmavati

February 18, 2017 - 2:28 pm in Culture, Faiths

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (SLB) unit filming the period film, Padmavati was attacked recently (January 2017) near Jaipur in Rajasthan. The pretext was that there is a dream sequence in the film which depicts Alauddin Khilji, the Muslim King and the Rajput…

Jallikattu- A cultural ideal we desire?

February 6, 2017 - 4:02 pm in Culture

Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured out on Marina beach in Chennai in January to protest against the ban on Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. There was…

Can Compulsions Elicit Respect? | Ram Puniyani

December 18, 2016 - 11:39 am in Culture

Supreme Court Order on national Anthem (November 2016) has asked theatres to play the national anthem before a film show begins “for the love of the…

Hindutva – A confusing terminology

November 8, 2016 - 1:19 pm in Culture

On October 25 (2016) the seven-member Supreme Court Bench started hearing to revisit ‘Hindutva’ cases. These are group of cases where the use of term Hindutva-Hinduism to be used during elections is to be opined. One such case was that of Manohar Joshi…

Art gives no space for EXTREMISM

September 28, 2016 - 7:11 pm in Culture

The hotheads in Pakistan have never tolerated the flourish of the talents in music, acting, literature or any other creative endeavour more so if it is close to liberal moorings.  The mighty hotheads in Pakistan have many a time roughed up the artists of…

Justice with Prejudice

July 12, 2016 - 8:59 pm in Culture

Bangladesh politics is embroiled in the deadly tussle between the two ladies, the Prime Minister Hasina Wajid and Khalida Zia, the opposition leader. In the teeth of the brewing crisis the Prime Minister Hasina Wajid is pushing up the incessant agenda of stifling…

Adivasis quit homeland due to economic poverty and social insecurity

June 18, 2016 - 12:50 pm in Culture, Reforms

Adivasis leaving their homeland in waves - searching for a way out of  economic poverty and social insecurity During the recent years three types of migration waves are taking place in the Adivasi dominant states of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Bengal.…

Racial prejudices deep-rooted in Indian heart?

June 5, 2016 - 9:26 am in Culture

The brutal killing of a Congolese national by the goons in Delhi brought shock ways among all the right thinking people in general and African community in particular who have been witnessing increasing racial slur against them in India in the past two years.…

Perspectives on women in the discourse of nationalism

June 2, 2016 - 2:43 pm in Culture

The public discourse in India today is replete with discussions on nationalism. The actions of any individual and particularly of those who have a point of view that is different from that of the current political dispensation or establishment are termed as…

S. Chandramohan: Poet of an enlightened Ambedkarite era

May 8, 2016 - 5:27 pm in Culture

Chandramohan’s poetry reflects the brilliance of his thought process and the rebel inside him. The seer diversity and variety of issues that he has taken up shows his concern for human values that transcends the boundaries of nation state, caste, class,…

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