This week’s column reflects on the politics of the Oscars and the significance we attach to the politicised identities of entertainers and their statements.
There is a historical explanation for the appropriation of music and performance practices as part of the nationalist project in both India and Pakistan.
While the Qutb Minar is celebrated as a historic and architectural icon, the Quwwat ul-Islam is seen as haunting evidence of destruction, trauma and fanaticism.
‘There are 25 crore Muslims in the country, where will you fling them? If you throw them in the ocean, it will dry up; if you think of burying them, there won’t be enough land for it. The only solution is that you embrace them.’
While most humans struggle to maintain a sense of psychological unity, contradictions produce destabilising breaches in the self, and they are a necessary ingredient for triggering intellectual creativity.
Traditionally, institutions of higher education have served as fertile ground for discourses critical of the state. Yet, more and more institutions in the country are coming under fire for fostering an ethos of free expression and dissent. As the consequences of being deemed “anti-national” loom large, fear, violence and parochialism do not just endanger our universities– they threaten the cornerstone of our democracy.
Amid debates about higher education, The Wire republishes a letter written in solidarity for JNU with over 400 signatories from across India and the world.
After Oscar-nominated ‘Moonlight’, the Indian Censor Board has found its latest victim. This time, it’s award-winning film ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, directed by Alankrita Srivastava and produced by Prakash Jha.
These pictures chronicle the excitement of the bulls, their owners, potential bull tamers and the prizes they compete for in this traditional festival.
The visit of the prime minister will send a wrong signal and award legitimacy to buildings that the Isha Foundation “constructed illegally”, critics say.
The BBC has managed to widen the prevailing distrust between the forest department and conservationists who wish to research and critically analyse the Kaziranga model.
Why did the Druze come to the Middle East? DNA technology and modern day genetics may offer insight into origins of the esoteric Druze people- a mystery yet unsolved.
Modi’s unwitting embrace of Bachchan’s two phenomenally popular avatars contributes significantly to his popularity among today’s youth.
The media has the power to influence the mindset of how an incident of rape is perceived through the manner in which stories are constructed. It has a responsibility to use that power well.
Religion is not just a set of propositions held in the head, but a ‘lived experience’. Different religions need to communicate for a tolerant world.
This week’s column examines some of the different ways mothers do work, from nannies to mommy bloggers to Beyoncé.
The cuts made by the Indian Censor Board amount to 53 seconds in total and excise crucial elements of the film – including two sex scenes.
Even as politicians fought battles for a united Maharashtra on the basis of linguistic identity, little magazines boldly translated poetry from all over the country
“Am I being suspended for exposing my students to intellectually stimulating professors and teachers from around the country?”, asks Rajshree Ranawat.
Several outlets have been critcised for revealing the name of the actor and ‘misreporting and sensationalising’ the incident.
The claim that the universe is inherently just implies that those who suffer deserve it. The result is, essentially, a theological form of victim-blaming.
‘Witness/Kashmir 1986-2016’ features nine Kashmiri photographers from different eras, who have put together their version of the Kashmir they grew up.
Born into slavery and self-taught, Greenfield forced white critics across the US to re-examine their assumptions about the abilities of African-American singers.
Jackson Pollock’s art elicits a certain mental state from the viewer, which can be attributed to the fact that they are fractals.
From long pending arrears to health and safety measures, Mumbai’s conservancy workers have a series of unmet demands
Racist movements exploit the tensions between democracy and nationalism and use the crisis to its advantage, as evident in the US and in India.
Pakistan’s rich visual and poetic culture is expressed every day on walls, rickshaws and buses. As the country struggles to offer solace to its people, they carry its narratives and emotions.
Sehwan Sharif and other shrines in Pakistan are being targeted for terrorist attacks because militant Islam feels threatened by the popular adherence to Sufi Islam and values.
A look at the signature practices of construction, agriculture and cuisine of Apatani, a prominent tribe of Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
Had Martin Scorsese probed his protagonist’s mindscape more, ‘Silence’ would have been a more complex, more complete film.
Hazing practices manage to remain so appealing that individuals are willing to risk legal punishment, injury and even death to keep the practices alive.
Barry Jenkins’s ‘Moonlight’ is the kind of world where forgetting and forgiving takes a lot of time, a lot of effort.
In the light of Jodhpur University’s February 16 decision to suspend Prof Rajshree Ranawat for inviting Prof Nivedita Menon to deliver a lecture on nationalism earlier this month, The Wire is republishing an article Menon wrote about the ‘controversy’.
Mayawati has alleged that the media actively discriminates against her party, calling media organisations Brahmanical.
FTII says that Gurvinder Singh violated the shooting norms given to him, while Singh says this comes in the wake of his support of a suspended student.
The editor of the newspaper’s website must not be made a scapegoat for an illegal act that was committed by others more powerful than him
Hindered by climate, a dearth of funds and limited demand, Hem Chandra Goswami perseveres to keep the centuries old folk art form of mask making a living and thriving tradition.
British band Wild Beasts’ newest video for their song, ‘Alpha Female’ turns the spotlight on Bengaluru’s women skateboarding community.
This Valentine’s Day, N.D. Rajkumar provides a sober reminder of what love can mean to Dalits in a nation where transgressive love often results in death.
“If the NDMC is doing something like that on its own building, what will happen to the rest of Delhi?” asked the architect of the iconic building.