In conversation with Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, directors of ‘An Insignificant Man’, a political documentary that charts the growth of the Aam Aadmi Party in its initial but heady days.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Along with the fate of the creek and that of the users, keepers and makers of Ennore’s place-words, lies our fate. Our language and our gaze make them invisible to us.
Many of the labourers who build the mountainous roads in Ladakh are migrants from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand – they brave the extreme weather and risky work because of few livelihood options back home.
The gathering sang, danced and celebrated as people from all walks of life, identifying with different sexual orientations and genders got together at Barakhamba metro station to march till Jantar Mantar.
Each flower expresses a different view on war: red embodies commemoration of sacrifice; white opposes political violence and remembers all war victims.
While networking is essential, sometimes one gets so set in making connections, or in figuring out the story one must tell the world, that somehow one loses the stories that matter.
Voluntourists’ ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They don’t have the skills and can perpetuate patronising and unhelpful ideas.
There is a perception that the organised scientific community has been “conspicuously” silent and that it was high time that changed and they started engaging with society.
There has been a revival of Pakistani films of late but not of film music.
The system is expected to go online by February next year.
Parvathy and Irrfan Khan are both good actors, but they cannot rise above the weak story.
The current debates around sexual harassment have been reduced to a simple binary between due process of law and hall of shame, without engaging with contexts that create the possibilities of silences.
The festival initiates conversations among directors, actors, journalists, festival programmers and audiences, while also exposing the locals to Indian and world cinema.
Look at the image carefully. The face of the man tells us countless stories of hardships suffered and misfortunes borne because of demonetisation. It is another matter that those who can and should ease his pain never even registered the photo in the first place.
The circular was issued soon after Smriti Irani’s induction into the ministry.
Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. A year on, we remember his music for capturing some of the tumult and ecstasy the world is caught in.
Avant-garde artists of the time were primarily concerned with projecting different kinds of future work spaces.
Women of the Bhotiya community in Uttarakhand’s Gothi hamlet earn an income by breaking quarried stones – and recall a time when their weaving skills brought them respect as well as financial returns.
While action was earlier taken at the behest of top leaders, activists allege that the bureaucracy and police are now acting on their own whims.
The Urdu author encouraged writers, by his own example, to bring in subjects that had been considered beyond the pale of literature.
Every day, thousands of refugees are seen in long queues at the relief centres near the camps.
Live from his concert in Vancouver, the 74-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder highlighted the plight of Palestinians by projecting images of the Separation Wall during the song ‘Us and Them’.
In Gujarat, there is a general apathy of the ruling party towards Muslims, matched only by the apathy of the common Muslim towards the electoral process.
Parsis (or Zarthustis, in the more traditional terminology) have enjoyed a relatively hassle-free existence compared to Pakistan’s other non-Muslim communities.
Carnatic music vocalist T.M. Krishna on receiving the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration, his latest music video ‘Privacy Matters’, his opposition to Aadhaar and the progressive Uniform Civil Code draft.
Haasan had said that right-wing Hindutva groups cannot deny the existence of Hindu extremism.
It is the epitome of homogeneity, perfect for any government that wants a one-size-fits-all solution for everything. One Nation. One Song. One Election. One Interlinked-River. Now One Gruel to bind them all.
“In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence.”
Osama Siddique’s Snuffing Out the Moon leaves us with a disturbing thought that is pertinent to the Orwellian world we now inhabit.
As the 50th anniversary of their India stay approaches, Paul Saltzman, who was also at the ashram they went to, remembers a bunch of really cool guys.
After years of resistance against the disputed redevelopment project announced in 2009, Delhi Development Authority evicted the residents of the colony, flattening 400 houses.
Collusion between the police and the ruling Congress grounded the law-enforcing machinery to an administrative halt.
The devastating floods of June 2013 highlighted the need for sound planning and construction in the high-altitude terrain of the Himalayas. That lesson and concerns of geologists, however, are being ignored in its reconstruction.
Residents of the slum colony, located outside the Bandra railway station in western Mumbai, blame the civic body for reneging on its assurance that they had 48 hours to vacate their shanties.
“Almost my entire family was wiped out in front of my eyes and even after so many years, we haven’t been delivered any justice.”
The hitherto accepted norms of Indian culture are being re-packaged and distorted out of shape, and all citizens, particularly those who mould public perceptions through their work, need to respond to this challenge.
The current climate of violence in the country remains eerily similar to what it was in the late 1980s and 1990s after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Only the target is different.
“BJP leaders have time and again celebrated the victory of the judgement on triple talaq and the leadership have often claimed the victory to itself”.
The children were taken into custody by the government railway police on the suspicion that they were being taken to Mumbai for religious conversion.