By Neeraj Nanda* William Dalrymple’s ‘The Anarchy – The Relentless Rise of The East India Company’, Bloomsbury, pp 522, released recently, is making global waves among readers. The India based Scottish writer is well known for his earlier prize-winning works, White Moguls, The Last Mogul and Return of a King among others. The author through … Continue reading Interview: William Dalrymple’s relentless expose of the East India Company’s colonial grab
By Moin Qazi* As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to Prophet Muhammad ahead of the Prophet's birthday, which falls on 9-10 November 2019. This day, 1,430 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of … Continue reading ‘An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab’
By Geoffrey Jones* and Sudev Sheth** Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated across the globe as an idealist who used civil disobedience to frustrate and overthrow British colonialists in India. The popularity of his nonviolent teachings – which inspired civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela – has obscured another important facet of his teachings: the … Continue reading Today Gandhi would have ask proponents of self driving cars to consider impact on cab drivers’ life
By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* Tragedy with Mahatama Gandhi is that he is just ritually remembered by us on the occasion of his anniversaries but he is worth remembering each day owing to his sagacious words that contain wisdom for all ages and in all times! Following below is the voice of sanity for all occasions … Continue reading When Maulana Azad underlined Gandhi’s words: God resides in nose, ear, nail and even single hair…!
Recalling India’s iconic martyr Bhagat Singh's contribution on his 112th birth anniversary, falling on September 28, Prof Romila Thapar, professor emeritus, sent a message for the book launch ceremony of “The Bhagat Singh Reader”, edited by Prof Chaman Lal, held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on September 25. Text: Bhagat Singh has a … Continue reading Had Bhagat Singh lived he would have had stellar role for making of a secular-democratic India
By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* What is very heartening is that most of the religious festivals in India have become cosmopolitan in nature despite being harmoniously glued to their roots. Quite spiritedly, fervently and emotionally like the Ramlila, Muharram in India observes the victory of virtue over evil. It commemorates the martyrdom of Hussain, the younger … Continue reading Muharram: Sufi saints, Shia ulema encouraged merger from India’s rich indigenous heritage
By Charul Agrawal* “Urfe Aalo” a play by the Whistle Blower Theatre group, forces its audience to confront the harsh reality of manual scavenging – an occupation which is no less oppressive than bonded labor. It talks about Nilesh, a Valmiki trying to get out of the caste imposed occupation. Nilesh while in school was … Continue reading Whistle Blower Theatre play “Urfe Aalo” seeks to drive social transformation for manual scavengers