Category Archive: Culture

Uganda: A brilliant genocide

From 1986 to 2006, President Museveni’s troops drove nearly two million Acholis, 90% of the population, into concentration camps. In all that time, the Ugandan military machine continued to be financed by the US.

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Conflict between freedom of expression and religion intolerance in India

Historian Romila Thaper and prominent advocate Rajiv Dhwan also have expressed their deep concern over politicians supporting and propagating extreme religious nationalism. Increasing fundamentalism in Indian society is active in suppressing dissenting opinion and quite often refer liberal voices as an anti-national.

Open letter to SAARC leaders on Human Rights Instruments

In order to make SAARC more effective as a regional mechanism to combat impunity, promote basic rights of the peoples of the region, SAARC should reform from within to create a new mechanism. This body should be based on legal framework, a charter to guide whole body. The new mechanism should develop its identity as a part of the region by forging links with various institutions in the region dealing with issues of human rights and justice.

Dreaming, scheming, never growing old: remembering Abbas Kiarostami (1940 – 2016)

I didn’t grow up with Kiarostami’s films. I discovered Abbas Kiarostami long after he’d become Kiarostami, during the same time that I began devouring everything having to do with Iranian culture. I vaguely remember visiting the Film Museum off of Vali-ye Asr Avenue in Tehran with my friend one hot summer’s day, when I was around 16 years old. I had no idea who the man in the sunglasses was, only that he was of significance where Iranian cinema was concerned.

एक मुखरता का मौन होना

बंगाल के सांस्कृतिक इतिहास में ऐसे अनेक व्यक्ति हुए हैं, जिन्होंने न सिर्फ उस इलाके के, बल्कि पूरे देश की चेतना पर गहरा असर डाला है. महाश्वेता देवी इस सिलसिले का संभवतः अंतिम नाम है.

Chris Harman’s ‘A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium’

A People’s History of the World is a fascinating and comprehensive analysis by a well-known British historian, Chris Harman, that traces earliest human history to the Roman Empire, from the Middle Ages to the Age of Enlightenment, from the industrial Revolution to the end of the Millennium. Focusing on the development of technology, its impact on the society and conflict, he dwelt on how the society has changed and developed, what possibilities are for further radical change in the 21st century.

जिंदगी की जुस्तजू में प्रेम का दीप ‘कोशिश’

सक्रिय समाज के बीच हरि-आरती जैसे लोग अजनबी महसूस करते होंगे. हरि समान लोगों के लिए सामान्य जिंदगी गुजर करना बड़ा मुश्किल है. कोशिश अपनी राह में उन सभी चुनौतियों का डटकर सामना करती नजर आती है. संजय लीला भंसाली की ‘खामोशी’ के लिए रेफेरेन्स प्वाइंट यही फिल्म रही होगी. कोशिश का उद्देश्य अक्षम लोगों की दिक्कतों को दिखाना-भर नहीं था, बल्कि हरि -आरती के उदाहरण के जरिए हिम्मत-हौसले व प्रेम की विजय को दिखाना था.

मराठी सिनेमा से जगतीं उम्मीदें

मुंबई फिल्म उद्योग में भी बीते सालों में प्रयोगधर्मिता का सिलसिला शुरू हुआ है तथा दक्षिण से भी कुछ उम्दा फिल्में आई हैं, पर उनका मुख्य स्वर अब भी मुनाफे और सतही मनोरंजन को ही संबोधित है. इन इलाकों में फिल्मों से जुड़े लोग मराठी से सीख रहे हैं और उन्हें सीखना भी चाहिए. इतिहास में ऐसे अवसर बार-बार नहीं आते हैं, जब कलात्मक निराशा के दौर में उम्मीद की बिजलियां लगातार चमकती हों.

Praatohkrityo

“Praatohkrityo” is a dance-theatre production that originates from the urban rituals lying beneath the surface of everyday life. The pre-designed structure of repeated actions, movements, behaviour, feelings, pushes us to look for newer signs, codes, and movements. These codes of movement have been determined by different overlapping systems of oppression such as patriarchy, fundamentalism, the State etc. It takes cue from urban ritual because our movements essentially emerge from life we live and that is our point of departure of this dance theatre. The work raises questions regarding the perfect body type expected of a dancer and dance belonging only to traditionally schooled dancers.

What the Killing of Harambe the Gorilla Reveals About Our Culture of Fear

From the videos, it is as transparent as a clear day in the Nevada desert that Harambe sought to protect the boy. The spectators however, rather than remaining calm and seeking a rational solution, probably started screaming ‘Oh my God’ as if that would help. People of greatness are measured in times of emergency and my estimate is that the people’s panic exacerbated the situation.

‘The leftists need Self-Corrective Measures’

Abdul Matin, a PhD Scholar of JNU, on the Left, identities, and arguing for ‘democratisation’ of democracy …