Donald Trump’s language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of ‘fake news’.
The SC on Thursday set up a three-member special investigation team headed by former Delhi high court judge SN Dhingra to probe the 1984 cases.
In a relief for 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, the SC has decided to reopen 186 cases not investigated further by the Union government’s SIT.
If we are to find our way out of the dystopia we inhabit, we must look to other imaginings. Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World have drawn for us only a canvas of despair.
Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s 1984, Madhav Mathur’s satirical novel ‘Dvarca’ sets characters from Hindu epics in a dystopian world, where a totalitarian government controls every move.
The 1949 book features a devious ‘Big Brother’ government that spies on its citizens and forces them into simultaneously accepting contradictory versions of the truth.
The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own.
Though we hear terms like ‘caging’, ‘ghettoisation’, ‘walling off’ etc. to describe the proposed composite townships, they fall short of adding up to any sort of meaningful argument against the plan to bring the KPs back to their homeland.
“My novel is dark because I wrote it in a state of bechaini [anxiety]. In truth, I would like to think of myself as in a state of neither extreme pessimism nor optimism.”
So said writer-academic Purushottam Agrawal, responding to filmmaker Govind Nihalani, during the spirited conversation that took place between them at the India International Centre on March 9, about writing, freedom, and technology.