Donald Trump’s language has disturbing similarities to the words and verbal tactics used by fascists, including his cries of ‘fake news’.
Even those of us who find global inequality troubling hesitate to raise the subject of rationing, but George Orwell did and his response could be more instructive than ever.
Osama Siddique’s Snuffing Out the Moon leaves us with a disturbing thought that is pertinent to the Orwellian world we now inhabit.
If there is one thing the Catalonian experience shows us, it is that European democracies need a great deal of democratisation.
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.
The government has shut down multiple social media outlets in what some citizens are calling a real life version of George Orwell’s 1984. The newly enacted Cybersecurity Law, with its ‘ideological control’ guidelines, is worrying locals and foreign companies alike.
Cricket fans have recently turned matches between the two sides into an ugly display of competitive nationalism on social media. These clashes have been spurred by on-field tensions and gratuitous political rhetoric.
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 leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson cited Orwell saying that “Nationalism […] is power-hunger tempered by self-deception”.
Panic had already been growing in Madras – the city was already flooded with refugees from Burma with tales of the bombing on Rangoon and Mandalay.
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.
In Kossi Efoui’s The Shadow of Things to Come the work of forgetting has to be completed.
Open societies today have become susceptible to misinformation that instigates intimidation, discrimination and violence against vulnerable groups, even in strong democracies with press freedom and a vibrant marketplace of ideas.
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
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.
For Indians like Jawaharlal Nehru, Krishna Menon and Mulk Raj Anand, experiences during the Spanish civil war inspired an envisioning of the independent India that would come into being just a decade later.
Early on in Uncertain Glory, Lluis de Broca, one of the protagonists of Joan Sales’ great novel, stumbles into the cathedral in Olivel, recently sacked by Anarchists, and witnesses a strange scene made up of mummified priests, ripped out of their ancient resting place in the cathedral’s catacombs: […]
“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.
The judiciary has been called upon to step in. It must be hoped that those who man the bench have come a long way from the time when the court felt that a death sentence was needed to ease the national conscience.