CULTURE

Cultural Activists Protest Firing on Farmers in Jharkhand

In order to loot the land, forests and natural and mineral resources of Jharkhand, the corporate forces consider it the ‘world’s one of the easiest places to do business in’ and since then the Modi-Raghuvar governments have trying to

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Tribute : Mahasweta Devi & Neelabh Ashk

The unflinching voice of resistance Mahasweta Devi, whose pen was committed to the cause of India’s most oppressed, passed away at the age of 90. In her sixty-year long career, Mahasweta Devi penned more than one hundred novels, twenty collections

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Tributes to Writer-Journalist Neelabh Ashk

Neelabh Ashk, born on 16 August 1945 in Mumbai and brought up in Allahabad, passed away on 23 July 2016. His contribution to the revolutionary Left cultural stream as a poet, journalist, playwright, critic, publisher, organizer and fighting cultural activist will always be remembered.

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Hul Diwas Observed in Jharkhand

The tradition of celebrating Hul Diwas on 30 June began in 1855. It was on this date 161 years ago that the Hul revolution led by Sido, Kanho and Chand Bhairvav began in Bhognadih village of Dumka. The movement which was initially against

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14.12.2008, Iraq

Alright, Mr Bush! Today, with great pride I’m getting old shoes fixed. Those Iraqi shoes, Scorched by burning sands, Sands, which in that land have been mixed with gunpowder. Those Vietnamese shoes, Found buried in their own land, On

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Thieves of Delhi

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Charles Darwin: Reluctant Revolutionary

In 1846, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote The German Ideology, the first mature statement of what became known as historical materialism. This passage was on the second page: We know only a single science, the science of history. One can

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Slum-lord aesthetics and the question of Indian poverty

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire (based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swaroop’s novel Q&A) takes the extremely potent idea of a Bombay slum boy tapping into his street knowledge to win a twenty million dollar reality quiz show and

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Habib Tanveer

Habib Tanveer, the doyen of Indian theatre breathed his last on June 8, 2009. He was not only a theatre personality, but an organic cultural personality; one of the greatest products of the Marxist cultural movement in India. His lifelong association with

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Being Kamala

(Eunice de Souza, poet, literary critic and Kamala Das’ contemporary, writes of the “special debt of gratitude” that women writers owe Kamala Das. This article is reprinted with the permission of the author and the Mumbai Mirror, as it appeared

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Salute and Farewell, Muhammad Ali! ### The Racist Brexit Campaign And The Murder of Jo Cox

“Cassius Clay is my slave name…I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me”

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Gangubai Hanagal – A Brave Life

The world of Hindustani classical music lost one of its brightest jewels recently when Gangubai Hanagal, doyenne of the Kirana Gharana, passed away in Hubli, Karnataka at the age of 97. Gangubai’s her journey in life was beset by the

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