The formalised language of government edicts about environmental protection fails to take into account local wisdom and traditions
“I had seen the sea, it’s just a few miles away from my house. But I have never been there” said Ihab Talahmeh, a 20 year old from the freedom theater of Jenin in Palastine, as his co-actors admired Diwali rockets go up. The Freedom theatre describes itself […]
In many of the pieces, Galhotra moves beyond metaphor, literally using the river and its now defunct ecosystem as her materials.
Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity and spent 45 years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying on the streets of Kolkata.
Opium, Amitav Ghosh suggests, was the substance that created the modern world, and he has told its epic story.
After witnessing the overwhelming popularity of Star Wars, director Francis Ford Coppola told George Lucas he should start his own religion. Lucas laughed him off, but Coppola may have been onto something. Indeed, the Star Wars saga taps into the very storytelling devices that have structured myths and […]
Despite the Tamil Nadu government’s best explanations, questions remain as to why the Public Works Department failed to manage the situation.
The Satpura narrow-gauge network used to be the longest of its kind in India, stretching more than 1,000km. But it is now facing closure
The huge crowd gathered outside the courthouse cheered as the Bombay High Court delivered its verdict acquitting Salman Khan in the death of one person and lifelong injuries to four others when his Toyota Land Cruiser ran over them way back in 2002. A TV reporter, a young woman […]
India’s first emergency community radio goes on air in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
Petition in Madras High Court says Tamil Nadu government guilty of dereliction of duty
When unchanging ideas of empire are veiled in the rhetoric of changing climate, it is up to the reflective artist to puncture the myth.
As heavy rain continues to contribute to the devastating flooding in Cumbria, there have once again been calls – notably from the environmentalist George Monbiot – for the reforestation of our uplands, to help tackle rural flooding. The government has stated that it is funding the planting of […]
People have the freedom to follow any panth or dharm. But a secular state forbids political claims in their name.
Given just a few hours to warn residents of the impending flood, the authorities struggled to save Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu government was grossly negligent in failing to warn people about the deluge that swallowed Chennai
An interview with the well-known political cartoonist, E.P. Unny, who points to a new challenge in the time of faith-packaged politics: How do you do a cartoon that demolishes the politics without any collateral damage to faith, which might mean a great deal to the best of readers?
Now begin the repairs and the terrible task of cleaning up our lives. But the deluge though has also changed something in all of us.
I am amazed when Indians glibly claim that tolerance, pluralism and unity in diversity have always been the hallmark of our nation. Pluralism and diversity I would grant, but tolerance? We need to get real. We have always been a most intolerant people. Yes, we are ready to celebrate […]
Let’s blame the developed world for being the principal culprit for global warming. But let’s not allow the developer world within India for the loss of water bodies, water ways and flood plains.
As the flood waters recede and the displaced recover their homes, how will the government intervene and ensure that the process of recovery isn’t as painful as the effects of storm?
As a teenager living in Hyderabad in the mid 1970s, I had briefly befriended a group of Palestinian students studying at Osmania University and living in an apartment in my neighbourhood. I don’t remember their names or much else about them, but I do remember tasting hummus for […]
“Someone negotiates with the boatmen and pays them Rs.3,000 to ply him across to his family on the other side and then to bring them back. They make a clean Rs.6,000. None of us have that kind of money.”
The intense rain that continues to swamp Chennai begs the question: is it due to climate change? And if so, what questions does it pose for us all?
Even if it’s the sole silver-lining, focusing on the resilient spirit of the people of Chennai distracts us from understanding the real damage we’ve taken thanks to the disappointing civic infrastructure.
The shutting down of the iconic music store Rhythm House in Mumbai further takes away the charm of the Kala Ghoda precinct
Chennai kicked off the last month of the year with over 200 mm of precipitation on a single day, which is more than what the entire month usually receives.
The Chinese government has instituted a new credit reporting system that’s effectively Big Data meets Big Brother, and it mimics a corporate habit prevalent in the West.
Anti-liquor activist Kovan, who was slapped with sedition charges for criticising the government’s liquor policy, speaks to The Wire hours after the apex court vindicated his stand
Even in a city used to passenger deaths, the video of a commuter falling is a shocking reminder of the hazards of train travel in Mumbai
The idea of falling in love with a robot may appear outlandish today, but who knows how it will play out in the future?
The right to love, the right to dissent and right to question seem now more at risk within the Indian subcontinent than ever before.
Siddhartha Kararwal emphasises his work is not political, but just his way of looking at the times we live in
It is no surprise that a state whose law and order machinery is headed by a minister with such semantic predilections will tend to look the other way when various members of his ‘panth nirpeksha’ government justify the use of violence in defence of their ‘dharma’.
Students of FTII have been harassed at the International Film Festival simply because they had gone on strike, say flmmakers
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee believes the return of awards – or ‘award-vapasi’ – is a way of protest and that the decision by various artists and academicians in India to return their honours was evidently spontaneous. His latest observation – made during an interaction on Wednesday with a delegation of […]
On Wednesday, November 25, the actor Aamir Khan issued a statement refuting the allegations made against him by various politicians and individuals in the media. The Wire is reproducing the brief text in full
BJP MP and Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath also has taken a swipe at Khan, and had said nobody has stopped him from leaving India if he wants to and it will help reduce the country’s population.
To say, as BJP stalwarts have done, that Aamir Khan’s stardom is evidence of the country’s ‘tolerance’ is to merely prove that a climate of nasty majoritarianism is in the air: “Look, despite India being a Hindu nation we still allow Muslims to rise to the top.”
The Tate’s latest exhibition, Artist and Empire, is long overdue.