Need to energetically bring to public centre stage our rich ethos of unity within diversity

Revathi Thangavelu addresses via zoom Public statement of Sarv Dharm Sadbhav Sansad -- Inter-Faith Meeting Cum Prayer, Hyderabad, moderatored by Prof Kirtana Thangavelu and Sagar Dhara: The resolution passed yesterday is given asunder: The citizens of India must be assured that the equality of all Indians as enshrined in the constitution is strictly enforced in … Continue reading Need to energetically bring to public centre stage our rich ethos of unity within diversity

Sora, an indigenous language from India, is getting a new typeface

By Subhashish Panigrahi Indian type designer Sony Salma has created a new typeface for the Sorang Sompeng alphabet, used to write India's Sora language. Sora, also known as Saura, is an indigenous language spoken, according to the 2011 Indian Census, by about 409,549 people in parts of the eastern Indian state of Odisha and the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. Latin and Odia … Continue reading Sora, an indigenous language from India, is getting a new typeface

Understanding the history and politics behind Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

By Ahmet T Kuru* A Sri Lankan working in Pakistan, Priyantha Kumara, was lynched by a mob of hundreds of people on Dec. 3, 2021, over allegations of blasphemy, or sacrilegious act. After being assaulted, he was dragged into the streets and set on fire, and the lynching was recorded and shared widely on social media. … Continue reading Understanding the history and politics behind Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

Can Vande Mataram spirit, which inspired thousands during freedom movement, rejuvenate youth?

By Sudhansu R Das The famous nationalist writer, Bankim Chandra coined the most powerful mantra “Vande Mataram” which had inspired thousands of Indians to fight the mighty British Empire. The writer had done this to arouse patriotism among the Indians.  Men, women and children chanted the mantra and became fearless to face the bullets, swords, boots, hoofs … Continue reading Can Vande Mataram spirit, which inspired thousands during freedom movement, rejuvenate youth?

No actress was better in championing role of an oppressed woman than Smita Patil

By Harsh Thakor* On December 14th we commemorated the 35th death anniversary of Smita Patil. No Indian actress has as intensely explored the nature of opression of women or done as much justice to the role of woman's rebellion against male subjugation as Smita Patil.Tragically her illustrious career was abrupted with her sudden death in … Continue reading No actress was better in championing role of an oppressed woman than Smita Patil

Dilip Kumar’s films are relevant today, when people are being lured by corrupt environment

By Harsh Thakor* On his 99th birthday, there is reason to recall how legendary Dilip Kumar portrayed what today are qualified as neo-Marxist themes, or rebellion against injustice. Possibly even in this respect, none surpassed his talent. An often forgotten movie was ‘Footpath’ which was a classic in it's own right in conveying realism and … Continue reading Dilip Kumar’s films are relevant today, when people are being lured by corrupt environment

‘Poor in Hindi cinema are looked upon as a breeding ground for criminals’

Mumbai-based NGO Apnalaya, hosted an event, 'Apna Adda', focussing on the invisibilisation of the urban poor in Hindi Cinema, the role of the most popular art form in influencing the perception of people and reality, among other things. The artistes included Rajshri Deshpande, actress and founder, Nabhangan Foundation; filmmakers, Kireet Khurana and Praveen Morchhale. A note: Apnalaya, an organisation … Continue reading ‘Poor in Hindi cinema are looked upon as a breeding ground for criminals’