The show-cause notices issued to three private TV channels for their coverage of the Yakub Memon execution have no basis in law and raise disturbing questions about freedom of expression in the country.
On August 8, the Editors Guild of India condemned the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s issuing show-cause notices to three TV news channels for their coverage related to Yakub Memon’s hanging, terming the action as “shocking” and called for an immediate withdrawal of the notices. The Guild’s President N. […]
Why was a drug, which still has a legitimate medical use, made the politico-legal cornerstone of the death-penalty debate in the 20th century?
An investigation shows most of the students who were expelled from IIT Roorkee were from reserved categories An investigation by The Indian Express through interviews with members of the institute — professors, students and administrators at IITs — revealed most of the students who were expelled, were from […]
The media needs to be careful about what it reports and broadcasts when a terrorist is caught.
The government has dialled back its order to ban 857 websites in India for supposedly hosting pornographic content following a public outcry since August 1, when the order was enforced by ISPs. According to various reports, the Centre was reviewing its order and mulling a ban only against websites hosting […]
Now, more than ever before, our experience of cyberspace is subsumed by images and videos. ‘Twitpic or it didn’t happen’ isn’t just a catchy slogan; it’s become a way for us to mediate the world.
Unilever’s silence prompted Chennai-born artist Sofia Ashraf to record a video of her rapping ‘Kodaikanal Won’t’, a song set to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ and exhorting the company to act.
As the US faces what would appear to be an epidemic of race-based attacks committed by whites, it is time to examine how our history of racism affects the mental health of African Americans
Bajrangi Bhaijaan taps into the desire of ordinary Indians and Pakistanis for closer relations
An interview with author Amit Vaidya who talks about taking the road less travelled to discover his own path of healing
By clamping down on unauthorised contact between reporters and MHA officials, the Home Ministry is trying to make sure that the official or semi-official information (or spin) it puts out on a particular event goes uncontested
New Delhi: In the face of criticism by journalists, Home Ministry officials say that the new circular preventing reporters from meeting officers other than those authorised to speak to the media only seeks to regulate the flow of information by ‘converging the points of dissemination.’ This expression clearly has not impressed […]
This discovery indicates that these fragments are in all probability contemporary with the Prophet himself
Kashmir’s first-ever graphic novelist talks about his book and what life was like in the state in the troubled 1990s
Will even deeper relationships between sound and space be discovered by scientists?
The story of Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan would have ended in 1932, not in 2015, when his mother decided to drown herself and her four-year-old in a tank to escape penury. Legend has it that as mother and son debated who would jump first, MSV’s grandfather arrived to deny […]
It is evident that adequate thought had not been given to the question of how Rajahmundry, a city with 3.5 lakh people, would cope with the daily influx of a population twice its size.
Bashar Nawaz of Aurangabad, who died on Friday, was a skilled and popular poet
When a democratically elected government with a sweeping majority recruits a person to steer you into the new world, you resist. They must be right. Because you are wrong.
Pakistani designer Huma Nassr weaves a unique line to bring India and Pakistan together
When Omar Sharif, as Sherif Ali, rode on a camel on to the shimmering desert in Lawrence of Arabia, the world discovered a new movie star. Cast opposite Peter O’Toole, who played the eponymous T.E. Lawrence, Sharif quickly became a heartthrob among female fans and continued to be one […]
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of news reports that the names of Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth were among those suggested for the post of head of the Film and Television Institute of India, the Centre today defended the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan saying it wanted someone who could devote time to […]
The master’s devotees tend to concentrate on his later films, but his earlier work was very significant – and much more entertaining too. Some songs from those films on the occasion of his 90th birth anniversary
New Delhi: Be it Kucha Mahajani at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi or the galli adjoining the Reserve Bank of India at Parliament Street in New Delhi, the Rupee 1 note continues to be the most hotly traded currency in the country. With the government having discontinued its printing […]
We want to dive into the complex, beating heart of college education in this country and come out with a coherent map of that territory
On the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit to Russia and the five Central Asian Republics, The Wire takes a look at how the long cultural and historic ties India has had with the region have been reflected in our popular culture
“Google pretends it isn’t a company,” says Assange but Google is not what it seems. It’s a deeply political operation. “We must pay attention to how it operates, and prepare to defend ourselves against its seductive powers of surveillance and control.”
The modest, low profile musician was way ahead of his time and was in recent years much sought after by international audiences
Suddenly we find ourselves living in drab times. Our newspapers have given up their daily front page cartoon and our cartoonists have lost their punch
An account of Indian television that is overly influenced by big industry players like Star.
For nearly three weeks, the country has been treated to a spectacle of unappetising connections and connivances.
What the state really ought to do is help those Muslims who want to transcend the traditional framework of a purely religious education.
What is the point of taking selfies with your girls when you’re also responsible for creating the most toxic environment for them to grow up in?
1. Lingering doubts over growth stats The controversy that started with the release of the new series of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) about six months back refuses to die down. While many critics have noted the fact that the new, higher growth rate is not consistent with other underlying […]
Social media on Friday erupted in outrage at the callous manner in which an accident involving BJP MP Hema Malini’s car was covered by the media
New Delhi: In an attempt to create a broader platform for issues affecting the transgender community in India, the Delhi-based India HIV/AIDS Alliance organised the Third National Hijra Habba 2015 in New Delhi on June 30. The event was intended to not only welcome the formal status of […]
To be gay in the US is to feel happy and proud, but why can’t the transnational Indian feel the same at home?
Court puts Mohalla Assi release on hold Facing accusations of hurting religious sentiments, the Hindi film Mohalla Assi featuring Sunny Deol has been “restrained from release” all over India by a Delhi Court on Tuesday. The movie which was scheduled to be released on July 3 will now have to wait till further […]
Make Sanskrit available to the world not as a disinfectant but a great new energiser of the human intellect