Instead of emphasising the Hindu origins of Muslim monuments and staking a claim over them, the new RSS strategy is to belittle their importance and denounce them so as to denigrate Muslims by suspecting their ‘Indian-ness’.
Although fiction writers visited the theme of Partition repeatedly, Hindi poets curiously remained more or less indifferent to it.
Will Hindutva erase the eclectic, liberal and uninhibited legacy of Hinduism?
Amonkar’s performances were never bereft of brilliant passages. Because, as they say in cricket, form is temporary but class is permanent.
Despite Hindi being the language of the UP legislative assembly, BJP members have been allowed to take their oath in Sanskrit, while doing so in Urdu has been disallowed.
With the rise of obscurantist forces – both from the majority and the minority – India’s assimilative cultural traditions are at risk.
Opposing cultural interaction between the two countries simply reinforces the two-nation theory. Yet, this will not be able to do much damage to the historical flow of cultural currency between ordinary people on both sides.
Whatever the official state of the language, recent events at two literary institutions do not augur well for the future of writers.
The recently concluded JNUSU elections should serve as a wake-up call and not a cause for celebration for the Left.
We have reached a stage where a Hindu’s nationalism is never in doubt even if he debunks the Constitution, glorifies Gandhi’s assassin and mourns India’s independence; but a Muslim or Christian’s person’s nationalism is always suspect.
A fierce controversy is raging in the Hindi literary world at the moment because the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is celebrating his 89th birthday today by launching a series of programmes in his honour.
The party’s recent decision to expel popular women’s leader Jagmati Sangwan highlights the increasing gap between its ideological standpoints and political practice.
Such villages and small towns in the Hindi-speaking region represent the best features of north India’s composite culture, commonly known as the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.
Ram Bahadur Rai’s dismissal of the Constitution is not new, what is new is his attack on Ambedkar.