“A highly polarised community is like a nuclear bomb close to criticality. It can explode any time and drive the nation to utter chaos.”
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“Nobody will be allowed to take away your reservation and give it to any other community in pursuit of their vote bank politics,” the Prime Minister told OBCs and Dalits at an election rally on Monday.
A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake struck Afghanistan’s Hindu-Kush region today and was felt throughout much of South Asia. The US Geological Survey has put the epicentre near Jarm in the country’s northeast, 250 kilometres (160 miles) from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 km. JUST IN: […]
As part of the media outreach for the Third India Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) taking place in New Delhi next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an “interaction” with journalists from African media organisations.
Breaking its silence, the Akademi took to pacifying the authors who accused it of not speaking out against the killings of writers and rationalists, besides on incidents like the Dadri lynching and ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni.
City police has taken upon itself to ban photography in the city, saying it may “hurt religious sentiments”
The striking students have held five rounds of talks with the government, but the main issue of Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment has not been addressed
This is the third time in three weeks that the President has spoken out in support of tolerance and the right to dissent and against hate speech and divisiveness.
In the wake of the ongoing protest by writers and artists over the government’s response to incidents of violence and intolerance, sociologists have expressed their disquiet at the PM’s ‘late response’ and his failure to assert the rule of law will be defended
‘Dadri incident is sad and unwelcome but has nothing to do with the Central government,’ says the Prime Minister.
Relations between the two coalition partners have always been rocky, but so far both are just hanging on
Rights to iconic titles change hands, will be restored and re-released by the group under the supervision of James Ivory
He has been known for emphasising the importance of democratic practices in formulating public policy, especially focusing on the social sector.
Shiv Sena activists blacken face of former journalist and one time aide of L K Advani for organising a function for Pakistani politician
More than a dozen prominent cultural personalities have now publicly shared their anguish over the growing intolerance in the country
Punjabi writer says he remains hopeful that in the end people and literature will emerge stronger
Poet hopes Akademi will stir from its “soporific stance and act. We need to fear no one in this matter.’
The list of writers returning state honours or protesting against the silence of government cultural institutions is growing and includes Sara Joseph and Rehman Abbas.
The committee expressed its wish that the award would help stabilise the country, which continues to face social and economic challenges.
New Delhi: Taking a leaf from the Congress party, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government has packed the board of an ‘autonomous’ Prasar Bharati with four part-time members who are either members or fellow-travellers of the ruling dispensation. The new appointments announced on Friday are: Ashok Tandon, who was media […]
This is the second time the Shiv Sena has scuttled a performance by noted Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali
Those who are appointed to run cultural institutions should have independent standing and sound credentials, says the letter
The Geneva Conventions provide a mechanism for an international probe but this would require the consent of the United States and Afghanistan.
The following is a short note the poet, writer and litterateur has written to the Sahitya Akademi explaining his decision to return the award he had received in 1994. On October 5, 2015, the writer Nayantara Sahgal returned her award. These are very difficult times for literature, the […]
Recent attacks in Kunduz in northeast Afghanistan have resulted in the bombing of the only hospital in the region.
New Delhi: Even as senior BJP politicians like Mahesh Sharma, Sakshi Maharaj, Adityanath and Sangeet Som have sought to make light of last week’s murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Bisara village near Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, a number of sadhus and mahants from the holy town of Ayodhya have […]
Key BJP MLA in western UP, Sangeet Som calls Akhlaq and his family “cow killers”, while Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma says the fact that the mob did not touch the victims young daughter is proof their intention was not to lynch anyone.
Play about a nun who gives birth to a child has been performed all over the world, including in India. But the Catholic Church in India wants a new production banned
Janah’s work evokes more than just nostalgia for another India; it has a documentary quality of a changing nation.
It is no small feat, especially for a foreign actor, to play the protagonist in a television show on American network television
Dev Anand went through life with a smile on his lips. On screen or off, he remained cheerful and optimistic. A tribute on his 92nd birth anniversary
While it was still ‘alive’, the policy was widely panned for being ambiguous at best and for suggesting the government wanted to assume an autocratic stance on access to encrypted information.
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Film and Television students complete 100 days of agitation, but hopes of a dialogue open up
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How race and cultural politics in the US of the 1950s forced an African American to create an entirely new persona
Whatever the immediate trigger, the turmoil at NMML is likely to strengthen the perception that the NDA government is looking to assert direct control over key cultural and educational bodies with a view to changing their character.
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A group of scholars, activists and media persons – including historian Romila Thapar, theatre artist M.K. Raina and economist C.P. Chandrasekhar – have expressed solidarity with music composer A.R. Rahman. A fatwa has been issued by the Raza Academy against Rahman for composing music for the Iranian film ‘Muhammad: Messenger […]
New Delhi: A group of human rights activists, academics and lawyers has written to the Chief Minister and Governor of Maharashtra seeking their urgent intervention in the ongoing hunger strike by Zabiuddin Ansari – also alleged to be Abu Jundal – which has now entered its 38th day. Ansari is […]