A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Often referred to as the last of the old masters, Francisco Goya’s artistic vision was a few hundred years ahead of his time.
Up until the 20th century, news ballads would be sung by hawkers to attract illiterate crowds and spoke of crimes, politics and even natural disasters.
Eminent Arakan historian Jacques P. Leider talks about the historical context of the Rohingya conflict.
When sentences were spoken with an accent, listeners were more inclined to interpret them in a more plausible way, than when they were spoken in standard American English.
“Pitaji always used to say that he had enemies. Look, what they have done now. How they have succeeded in conspiring against him. They bought the verdict with their money.”
Specialists have defined kitsch as a tasteless copy of an existing style or as the systematic display of bad taste or artistic deficiency.
As well as giving us the concept of zero, Indian mathematicians made seminal contributions to the study of trigonometry, algebra, arithmetic and negative numbers.
Gaganendranath Tagore’s satirical, anti-colonial Cubist art has not received the recognition it deserves, thanks to government and public apathy.
David Dhawan is still stuck somewhere in the 1990s, and it shows in the crude jokes in the film.
The politicisation of Islam has increased as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling party seeks to appease more-fundamentalist elements to secure its large, rural Malay vote bank.
History shows that whenever rules have been forcefully imposed instead of a participative student-teacher approach, there has been turmoil on campus.
The police has registered a case against the school authorities under IPC Section 305 for abetment of suicide of a child.
“To speak in front of power is the courage which has been rightly given by the Constitution and you are the protector of it.”
Organising Durga Pujas has become more popular because there is less financial investment involved, people in the city say.
Hefner, once called the “prophet of pop hedonism” by Time magazine, peacefully passed away at his home.
On the anniversary of Mohammad Akhlaq’s lynching in Dadri, Amitava Kumar presents a brief prose-poem that tries to regain a sense of the human that is increasingly under assault around us.
The American Historical Association cited the park as a good example of preserving historical artefacts. They probably wouldn’t have said that if they’d been there.
Exposé raises questions about whether the sustained abuse and threats the senior journalist is being subjected to has official sanction.
Journalists and writers like Arun Sadhu derive their strength not only from scholarship but leg work, and moving among common people and not just among top-ranking politicians.
The tragedy with Banaras Hindu University is the decades-long ideological stagnation of the socio-political atmosphere outside it.
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Violence in childhood is often deeply embedded in social norms, including patriarchal ideas that perpetuate gender inequality and underpin interpersonal violence against women and children.
Artists without professional training are exhibiting their talents across the city – from the imaginative pandals to the lively performances.
Poor shelter, lack of sanitation and hygiene in slums, and insufficient family and community support further compound the problems of the urban poor.
The Ayotzinapa case was one of the first difficulties faced by President Peña and his administration, but was soon followed by countless scandals.
The statement from the international group mentions three Indian journalists killed in September as well as several cases of threats and violence. New Delhi: Three Indian journalists were murdered in September, including one who was killed while covering a protest that turned violent. In addition, several journalists and media […]
Designing and building the temporary pavilions that house the deity during West Bengal’s biggest annual festival remains the preserve of rural artisans – chiefly farmers and folk artists.
The TOI report was not only embarrassing for the Modi government at the Centre, but also for Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
The vice chancellor also said that the use of force by the police on Saturday night was against criminals and not girl students.
Urmilesh discusses the police crackdown on protesting students at the Banaras Hindu University with senior journalist and executive editor of MediaVigil Abhishek Srivastava and senior TV anchor Amrita Rai.
From Trump and Brexit to Black Lives Matter, people are recording protests around the world to create a new soundtrack of dissent.
The highly publicised treatment in a Mumbai hospital of an Egyptian woman with a rare disorder that caused her to gain weight raises ethical issues for the medical profession, and the media.
An internal email also shows Hindustan Times is distancing itself from the ‘Hate Tracker’, a key initiative of Bobby Ghosh’s that the BJP and its supporters were unhappy with.
‘In Naxal-controlled villages, if people vote, they are seen as government agents, if they don’t, they are called Maoist sympathisers.’
Already struggling to survive and compete with cheaper machine-made goods, the added burden of GST compliance will decimate self-employed artisans.
This week, the Time Machine looks at the mythology surrounding Durga and traditions of goddess worship.
Many neuroscientific studies confirm that the brain’s ‘automatic pilot’ is usually in the driving seat, with little need for ‘us’ to know what’s going on.
The students said the police lathi-charged without provocation and that they even tried to enter the women’s hostel.
The informal economy of tamasha stigmatises artistes and at the same time, provides possibilities and power, however limited, to some women.