In 1984, a Left Front minister in Bengal wanted Baij’s statue of Tagore in Hungary removed because it didn’t ‘look like him’. Today, his statue of Gandhi in Assam is facing the same criticism.
Would Mahasweta Devi have been happy with the direction India’s fortunes seem to be taking?
For more than five decades, Soumitra Chatterjee has remained a quintessential part of Bengali cultural life.
In conversation with philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo on his new book, the process of ‘decivilisation’ and where we go from here.
Even when differences prevail, it is difficult to escape Marx and all his ideas.
In the foreword to The Decline of Civilization, Romila Thapar argues that the current concept of civilisation is a partial understanding of a segment of the societies and cultures of the past, and thus a limited concept.
The perverse obsession among Bengalis for old customs merely confirms the anxiety of their decadence.
“The most severe kind of colonisation is the substitution of forest-time by this imported industrial idea of time.”
CBSE’s prevalent culture of examinations, which is indifferent to the uniqueness of a learner, negates creative articulation and critical thinking and kills the spirit of teaching as a vocation.
In 1950, soon after India became a republic, a question was raised in Parliament: “Will the minister of home affairs be pleased to share what are the national anthems of India?” In the wake of independence with the process of nation building just having begun, the phrasing of […]
If nationalism, the way its sternest adherents argue, is a deep and overwhelming sentiment, then why do we need a disciplining machine to enforce that sentiment in us?
There is a deep dichotomy, a fundamental two-ness in the Indian psyche which can be seen as an ‘India versus India’ phenomenon.
The Nobel organisation’s downplaying of Tagore’s significance as a musician is part of the same thinking that has long delayed Dylan’s receiving the prize.
Bob Dylan may have won the literature Nobel, but let’s not forget the great Bengali poet and performer who inspired countless others.
Excerpts from a compilation of Rabindranath Tagore’s previously unpublished short verses, Knockings At My Heart.
It is easier to be united in outrage against a singular, spectacularly brutal act of violence than against the normalised, everyday violence of the state anywhere in the world.
What the combination of Samuel Bourne, Charles Shepherd and William Howard achieved was establishing a canon that lives on in the unknowingly, yet faithfully replicated frames in photographs taken by professionals and amateurs of classic Bourne images.
The nation is its own enemy when it thwarts the blossoming of radical diversity – and tragically, this is what the Brexit promises for Britain.
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.
To the eternal credit of our founding matas and pitas in the constituent assembly, they refused to replace India with Bharat despite pleas by some members. The BJP’s call today to make the chanting of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ the test of patriotism is not a way of upholding the constitution but of undoing it.
Sharmila Tagore reflects on the place of storytelling in the shared past and future of India and Pakistan.
The eminent sociologist T.N. Madan remembers the Mahatma on his 68th death anniversary.
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