“Despite being a Muslim”, APJ Abdul Kalam “was a great nationalist and humanist,” culture minister and senior BJP leader Mahesh Sharma had said in a TV interview.
Former bureaucrat E.A.S. Sarma is deeply critical of ministers, who by celebrating lavish weddings, are failing to set an example for the people at a time when money is hard to come by.
“Humein iska badla chahiye, aur hum iska badla leke rahenge. Hinduon ne chudiyaan nahi pehen rakhi hain, in mullon ko jad se ukhaad denge hum,” a speaker said.
Union minister of state for culture Mahesh Sharma on Sunday advised foreign women travelling to India to not wear skirts. This is far from the first time he’s said something controversial.
After warning of a ‘pink revolution’ in his election speeches, the prime minister now says the danger to cows come not from slaughter but from plastic.
A fierce controversy is raging in the Hindi literary world at the moment because the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is celebrating his 89th birthday today by launching a series of programmes in his honour.
While the Culture Ministry’s new ‘Outstanding’ category of artists puts stalwarts alongside young practitioners for festivals of India abroad, the ‘Promising’ section has organisations that call themselves NGOs.
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In the past two years, politicians from the ruling parivar have said the most atrocious things without being reprimanded by their leadership
The culture minister has three more years to go. One can only hope that at least all vacancies in the cultural institutes are filled before he releases any future self-signed progress reports.
The policy is heavily weighed in favour of corporates and foreign tourists, ignoring the interests of small businesses, say civil society organisations
New Delhi: The controversial three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ being organised by the Art of Living Foundation of godman Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the banks of the Yamuna from March 11 is aimed at “Making Life a Celebration”, but for many farmers who own or till land at […]
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The actor is in a stratosphere all his own, way beyond issues of religious identity, and targeting him is politically counterproductive. But the sangh’s instinctive bigotry against less fortunate Muslims is likely to continue unchecked.
“A government that does not tolerate difference, that does not safeguard the lives and interests of its marginalised and vulnerable citizens, loses its legitimacy in a democratic polity. We are facing this situation now, already.”
In India, an entire industry is busy creating excuses to defend the Prime Minister from various misdemeanours by his associates
New Delhi: After eminent writer Nayantara Sahgal, former Lalit Kala Akademi chairman Ashok Vajpeyi has returned his Sahitya Akademi Award to protest the “assault on right to freedom of both life and expression”. Voicing displeasure over the Dadri lynching incident and and a string of killings of rationalists, he also […]
New Delhi: Even as senior BJP politicians like Mahesh Sharma, Sakshi Maharaj, Adityanath and Sangeet Som have sought to make light of last week’s murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Bisara village near Dadri in Uttar Pradesh, a number of sadhus and mahants from the holy town of Ayodhya have […]
Key BJP MLA in western UP, Sangeet Som calls Akhlaq and his family “cow killers”, while Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma says the fact that the mob did not touch the victims young daughter is proof their intention was not to lynch anyone.
Why is the Culture Ministry sponsoring an exhibition on the Rigveda that no serious historian will do anything other than guffaw over?
Whatever the immediate trigger, the turmoil at NMML is likely to strengthen the perception that the NDA government is looking to assert direct control over key cultural and educational bodies with a view to changing their character.
Mahesh Sharma’s utterances about Muslims, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and other matters are not casual off-the-cuff remarks; they have to be seen in the context of the guidance provided by the RSS to the government
What is the RSS’s idea of “Indian culture” and when did Hinduism and its diverse and fluid iterations fructify into “Hindutva”? Akshaya Mukul’s book on the Gita Press provides some important answers.
Why are liberal souls losing their shirt just because the Prime Minister and his ministerial colleagues all chose to put in an appearance before the RSS chief and his advisers?
New Delhi: Days after the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) issued a statement saying the institution had no plans to dilute the centrality of Jawaharlal Nehru from the library or museum housed in his official residence, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma appears to have lowered the boom […]
New Delhi: Within a day of Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Nehru Memorial Museum & Library chairman Lokesh Chandra declaring their intention of diluting the salience of India’s first prime minister in the institution which bears his name, saner counsel seems to have prevailed. A September 3, […]
Cruelty, his most famous work, Tamas tells us, is not an extraordinary emotion. It comes naturally to us. That is why humanity needs to always be on its toes, on eternal alert.