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Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti Activists Subjected To Illegal Detention

May 18, 2017 - 10:03 pm in Culture, Environment, Society

A fact finding team comprising environmental and social activist Priya Pillai, All India Progressive Women's Association Secretary Kavita Krishnan, senior activist Chittaranjan Behera, Santi Snigdha Mohanty of Delhi Solidarity Group, student activist Birender…

Are Adivasis children of a lesser god? | Stan Swamy

May 16, 2017 - 12:16 pm in Culture, Governance, Society

A life considered indispensable . . . According to PTI reports, Lt.Ummer Fayaz had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of his cousin…

Sadanand Fulzele : An eyewitness to the historic conversion to Buddhism in 1956

May 16, 2017 - 11:58 am in Culture, Reforms, YouTube

It is astonishing that not much is known about the man who was one of the prominent figures of Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s historical return to the roots…

Babri Masjid Ramjanmbhoomi Dispute: Need for Justice

April 6, 2017 - 8:41 pm in Culture, Faiths

After the long wait, the Supreme Court Chief Justice J.S. Khehar opined that long-pending dispute of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid should be settled out of court. (March 2017) He even offered to mediate himself in the matter. Uniformly most of the spokesperson…

Concerned Indian citizens condemn attack on Nigerian students

March 31, 2017 - 3:55 pm in Culture, Society

We, representing  concerned citizens of India,  are extremely disturbed  by the assault on 4 Nigerian students in Greater Noida in the state of Uttar Pradesh, adjoining Delhi. We condemn in the strongest possible terms  these attacks  carried out by…

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 sloganeering against the political establishment at the Center and the state. The media reported that the…

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 motherland”. This has yet again started the debate over the personal freedom and legal obligations in present…

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…