Category Archive: Culture

The Silent Indian National Anthem

On the occasion of India’s 61st Republic Day in 2011, this silent rendition of India’s National Anthem, interpreted through the sign language and gestures, was created by the Mudra Group.

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Marginal Identities, Mainstream Institutions: Caste and the Academia

It is hardly surprising that institutions of higher learning in India mirror and sometimes stimulate ideas and beliefs that are counterproductive to the ideals of equality, social justice and egalitarianism.

क्योंकि अब मैं खुद में खत्म नहीं होती : A JNU student from Nagpur

But if an appeal so genuine was torn apart and turned up against Rohit, his family and everyone who stood for him; if the reasoned debates at the freedom square teach-ins from the best minds in India, the appeals and solidarity statements from scientists and the most eminent academicians in India and the world, the beating up of a student leader in a court complex, a concerted agitation launched by university students, a hunger strike in this unbearable heat of Delhi which enters its 14th day as I write could not move your conscience I wonder what will. And thus this note is not addressed to the HRD minister or the JNU VC.

Modern anti-semitism: born on the right, against the left

Modern anti-semitism, of the kind which the Nazis expressed in a particularly virulent form, was crafted as an ideology against the influence of the left and as an alternative to the universal, internationalist and anti-capitalist politics of the left.

तपिशे-शौक़ और ख़ुलूस का क़िस्सा

उसकी आवारगी में लय है, उसकी घुमक्कड़ी में धुन है, बाहर-भीतर उठती तरंगों की ताल है. अनुराधा रक़्स में है. इस रक़्स में उम्मीदों की रवानी है. उसके रूमान से गुज़रना अपनी हदों से परे झाँकना है. इस लिहाज़ से अनुराधा की किताब को पढ़ना मेरे लिए मेरी अपनी बंदिशों से दो-चार होने का अहसास भी है.

The global pulse of young feminists organising

Young, emerging groups come with the knowledge that gender-based discrimination isn’t the only or even the most important form of oppression, and thus, there is an ambition to be inclusive of diverse groups… Continue reading

A brief history of Iranian cinema, from Haji Agha to Agha Farhad

To best understand the roots of Iranian cinema, one must perhaps travel back to the early 20th century, when the Qajar monarch Mozaffareddin Shah was shown cinematographic footage during a visit to France.

मोटरसाईकिल शायरी – होली है

Motorcycle Shayaries – Holi hai

On World Poetry Day, Support Imprisoned Poets

Write a letter: Your voice matters. Spread the word: The simplest and most effective response to censorship is to spread the word.
“Your voice matters.”

जेएनयू के प्रोफ़ेसर का गीत-संदेश

चले चलो दिलों में घाव ले के भी चले चलो…

Nivedita, My Teacher

It would be good for the journalists, instead of targeting Nivedita Menon, if they spend their energy in researching over the issues she raised during her lectures. A few people are of view that they should be allowed to attend some of her classes. I am against it because as her student, I know she expects hard work from her students, and insists them to read original literature. Both requirements would not suit the sadist journalists who are experts in maligning others by disseminating wrong information through doctored video clips.