CULTURE

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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Lal Salaam Comrade Vidrohi!

Vidrohi died as he had lived – surrounded by students out on a protest march. He came to Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi as a student – but was thrown out for student activism in the 1980s. But he never left – he

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Ismat Chugtai : A Voice That Sounds Fresh Even After A Hundred Years

(2015 marks the birth centenary year of Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai. Malavika Sharad reflects on what Ismat Chugtai’s legacy means to us today.) We live in times when opinion and creativity are forced through a filter of ‘national pride’ and ‘

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Cultural Activists’ Convention in Ara on ‘Left Alternative in Bihar’

Continuing with their initiatives to mobilize the cultural activists and intellectuals in support of the Left Alternative in Bihar, Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh, Janvadi Lekhak Sangh, and Jan Sanskriti Manch organized a convention on ‘Agenda 2015: Left Alternative in Bihar’ on 20 September 2015

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14th National Conference of Jan Sanskriti Manch

The two day 14th national conference of JSM was held on 31 July and 1 August 2015 in Nabarun Bhattacharya Hall, Hindi Bhawan, New Delhi. More than 200 delegates from Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and other

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Songs That Won’t Be Silenced

Anand Patwardhan’s new documentary Jai Bhim Comrade is an epic that tells the tale of dalit oppression, resistance, politics, and cultural expression;a tale of great ugliness, and also of great beauty and power. Patwardhan took 14 years to make

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Gambling with Stars, Where is Artistry?

On the day when World and Euro Champions Spain started their Euro’12 campaign at Ukraine, 18 Spanish banks submitted to Helsinki seeking financial bail-out! Andre Iniesta’s words two years back at South Africa came alive once more. The Barcelona and

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Bathani Tola

You came, mercenaries of the state. Sensing mortal danger from Our women and children, You cut them up as hyenas Cut and rip lesser animals That pursue their right To food, water, and land-- Your bloody vermillion complimented By your

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Eduardo Galeano, 1940-2015 : A Voice, Not An Echo

Michael K. Smith, from ‘Dissident Voice’, April 20th, 2015 We are opinionated, yet we cannot offer our opinions. We have a right to the echo, not to the voice, and those who rule praise our talent to repeat parrot fashion. We

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For long the women’s movement has tried to establish that rape is not a mere manifestation of a ‘sick mindset’ that defines the mindset of a few. Protection from rape cannot be ensured either by locking women in or

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Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘Court’ Dissecting Judiciary And Society On The Stands

Chaitanya Tamhane’s first feature-length film ‘Court’ is not just an indictment of the functionings of the Indian judiciary. It opens a two-hour window of unadulterated realism into the multilayered and complex Indian reality that embeds the judiciary within it. ‘

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கவிதை

பிணம் அவர்கள் பொழுது விடியும் வரை சேவல் எதிர்த்து எழும் வரை பிணத்தை சித்திரவதை செய்தனர் அதன் சதையில் ஆணியை நுழைத்தனர் அதனை மின்விசிறியில் இருந்து தொங்கவிட்டனர் சித்திரவதை செய்தவர்கள் ஒருவழியாய் சோர்ந்துபோய் ஓர் இடைவேளை எடுத்தபோது பிணம் தன் சுண்டு விரலை அசைத்தது காயப்பட்ட கண்களைத் திறந்தது ஏதோ முணுமுணுத்தது. அது தண்ணீர் கேட்டதா? அது ஒருவேளை ரொட்டி கேட்டதா? அது அவர்களை சபித்ததா அல்லது மேலும் வதைக்கச் சொன்னதா?

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