CULTURE

In Memory of Faiz Ahmad Faiz

(February 13 1911- November 20 1984) (Translations by Agha Shahid Ali, from his book The Rebel's Silhouette.) You Tell Us What To Do When we launched life on the river of grief, how vital were our arms, how ruby our blood. With a

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It’s the Market, Idiot!

3 Idiots has been hailed as a film that asks uncomfortable questions about the nature of learning and academics in our ‘premier’ institutes of education. The filmmakers have apparently offered a private screening of the film for HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

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Avatar: Anti-imperialism in 3-D

(Excerpted from a review that appeared in the Socialist Worker, January 7, 2010) Avatar is a visually stunning marvel of film technology, as many reviewers will tell you, but what really stands out in James Cameron's newest film is its unabashed critique

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Autism and Religious Stereotypes

[The writer is Dawn’s correspondent in Delhi. The article (slightly abridged and edited below) appeared originally in the Dawn on 18 February 2010.] We all know that the most patriotic Indian Muslim according to the Hindu nationalist pantheon was the kohl-eyed

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The Hurt Locker:

Cinematic Adventurism Set in American Imperial Adventurism This year's Academy Awards in California, true to its Hollywood roots, presented with an ample amount of scripted suspense and feigned emotion a classic underdog story: 'The Hurt Locker' a low-budget, 'independent' film

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Film Review City of Gold – Remembering the Mumbai Mill Workers’ Movement

As the working class, and even the middle class, disappears from the cinematic imagination of Bollywood obsessed with the Yash Chopra-Karan Johar style NRI romances, City of Gold , Mahesh Manjrekar’s latest film, promises to take us back to the

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Jose Saramago: Communist Story teller

Jose Saramago, the first ever Portuguese writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. passed away on 18 June. He was 87. Saramago was born in 1922 into a peasant family in Azinhaga, a village in Ribatejo, northeast of Lisbon. When he

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Mahakavi Bharathiyar’s Poem

Pseudo Nationalists (English translation of a poem by the great Tamil poet and freedom fighter Mahakavi Bharathiyar, reproduced here with the permission of the translator, writer Bhargavi Chandrasekharan. The poem’s thoughts on fake nationalists are particularly apt for the

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Cultural Journey to Birthplace of People’s Poet Nagarjun

To mark the beginning of the birth centenary year of Nagarjun, the Jankavi (People's Poet) of Hindi, Jan Sanskriti Manch organised several events in his memory. The third State Conference of JSM's Bihar unit, held in Samastipur on 25 June with

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Second Exile

(The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court is scheduled to announce its verdict on the Ayodhya title suit on 24 September, 2010. In anticipation of the verdict going against their claim, the Sangh brigade has already begun attempts to reignite the

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Peepli Incorporated

While Peepli (Live) is a story set in Madhya Pradesh, 500-odd real Peepli villages exist. Anoushka Rizvi’s Peepli Live, the satirical film ostensibly on farmer’s suicide is remarkable, predictable and sad. I will start with the remarkable aspects.

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Upholding A Culture of Resistance

Dedicated to the struggles against the culture of exploitation and oppression, the 12th National Conference was organised successfully in Durg (Chhattisgarh) on the 13th and 14th November 2010. Representatives from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Orissa, as well

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