CULTURE

Remembering Dr. Kotnis in his Birth Centenary Year

Dwarakanath Shantaram Kotnis was one of the younger members of the Indian medical mission to China in 1938. Born in October 1910 in a lower middle class family in Solapur in Maharastra, the young Kotnis must not have found it very easy

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Free my feet from the shackles

Free my feet from the shackles Like bangles made of thorn Confined inside a narrow room My fault lies in Being incarnated as a bird. Inside the dark room of the prison Many voices echo around Unlike the sound of

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Badal Sircar

A Legacy of Bringing Theatre to the People [Badal Sarkar, a revolutionary, pro-people theatre personality and a unique and towering figure in the cultural movement, passed away on 13th May. Sudhindranath (Badal) Sircar was born in 1925. He had an engineering

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Tribute : M F Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain is no more. He breathed his last on 9 June 2011, exiled from his homeland, in London. Dragged into controversy by the Hindutva forces in the latter part of his life, he remained, in uncontroversial terms, modern India’s

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Ali Baba’s Cave? :: No – Just Sai Baba’s Chambers!

Hundreds of kilos of gold and silver ornaments. Six crowns studded with gems. 100 suitcases full of bejewelled watches, suitcases full of cameras, artefacts, wall clocks. Pouches full of diamonds. Hundreds of shoes, entire closets dedicated to imported perfume, hairspray, nail

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The Doping Scandal and the State of Indian Sports

Indian sports have been hitting the headlines for all wrong reasons for the past two years. The shame of the CWG and IPL scams were, for some time, overshadowed by the euphoria over the ICC cricket World Cup triumph. But

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The Politics of Prakash Jha’s ‘Aarakshan’

The ‘debate’ over caste-based reservations (a settled debate in many ways) was deliberately raked up by Aarakshan’s makers as a conscious marketing strategy. The pronouncements of prominent figures associated with the film prompted natural suspicions about its intent, and

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Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011)

Bhupenda, Your voice will flow on, Throbbing with the pulse of people’s pain and people’s resistance... Your political foray with the right-wing struck a discordant note with all who loved you. But it’s your music that will

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Bant Singh Refuses Delhi Government Award

Revolutionary balladeer and icon of Dalit resistance, Bant Singh, turned down a state award offered to him by the AAP’s Delhi Government. The Delhi Government had invited him to accept the award and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh

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Will They Call Tagore Anti-National ?

Will They Call Tagore Anti-National ? I have no hesitation in saying that those who are gifted with the moral power of love and vision of spiritual unity, who have the least feeling of enmity against aliens, and the sympathetic insight

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The People’s Scientist

(Tribute to the noted scientist, mathematician and philosopher of science Richard Levins, by Pankaj Mehta, reproduced with thanks from Jacobin magazine, 22 January 2016). Richard Levins, the great radical and scientist, passed away on January 19. Levins was a profound thinker who made

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Science in Saffron

We live in times when an elected Prime Minister addresses an audience of trained doctors, and tells them ostensibly in all seriousness, that the existence of the Hindu god Ganesha is proof enough that Indians invented plastic surgery. Never mind

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