Periyar was different from Gandhi, opposed to him, yet in his discovery of his cause he was like Gandhi

  Excerpts from “India: A Million Mutinies Now” by VS Naipaul, the celebrated Caribbean writer of Indo-Nepalese descent and Nobel Laureate who was born in Trinidad with British citizenship and died in London on August 11 at 85:  Within a day or so of the election result very big painted signboards began to appear in some places in the … More Periyar was different from Gandhi, opposed to him, yet in his discovery of his cause he was like Gandhi

Khudiram Bose: Remembering a young revolutionary who fought the tyranny of British colonialism

By Sheshu Babu* Once again, the preparations for celebrating independence have begun and many martyrs are being remembered. Among those who have laid down their lives for freedom, many have been forgotten or not remembered very frequently. One such young person who fought the tyranny of colonialism was from Bengal — Khudiram Bose. According to … More Khudiram Bose: Remembering a young revolutionary who fought the tyranny of British colonialism

Rhetoric of violence propagated by news channel betrays all commitments to media ethics

Letter to Justice (retd) RV Raveendran, chairperson, News Broadcasting Standards Authority, Noida, by the civil rights organization Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), Mumbai, complaining against Zee News for telecast of programme titled “Kya Kehta Hai India” on June 30, 2018:  Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) is a human rights movement dedicated to upholding and … More Rhetoric of violence propagated by news channel betrays all commitments to media ethics

Indian girls who wish to pursue football face hindrances from their families, authorities

By Sheshu Babu* While the euphoria of men’s football World Cup has drawn to a close with France becoming champion, there has been little focus on women’s football. Sports — like cricket, football or hockey — is primarily dominated by men. The tournaments and world cup matches played by men are sponsored, telecast and viewed … More Indian girls who wish to pursue football face hindrances from their families, authorities

Food habits: Culture of ‘I, me and myself’ is nothing but a symptom of deep distrust towards others

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat “We need Asian vegetarian”, said a woman behind me in the aircraft when boarded from Budapest to Doha, to the cabin crew when they started their food and beverage services. Normally, the airline crew is very careful dealing with ‘vegetarian’ Indians who are loud as well as contemptuous towards others, as … More Food habits: Culture of ‘I, me and myself’ is nothing but a symptom of deep distrust towards others

People are caged in the mansion of caste… Such is the poison that destroys generations…

Sheshu Babu* Dalit movement has produced great writers who expressed the pain of being discriminated in poignant prose and verse. Among those inspiring writers is Shahir Shantanu Kamble who was known as ‘ vidrohi kavi’ passed away (maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com). He was only 39-years old. His passing away is a jolt to Ambedkarite movement. He belongs to … More People are caged in the mansion of caste… Such is the poison that destroys generations…

It is possible to employ the skills of yoga to worship Allah better and to be a better Muslim

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* While I was at the international yoga summit of the Prajapita Brahamma Kumari Vishwvidlaya on June 21, on the occasion of the International Yoga Day, at the plush, nostalgic and holy Red Fort grounds to attend a gathering of more than 40,000 lovers of yoga from all faiths and cross sections … More It is possible to employ the skills of yoga to worship Allah better and to be a better Muslim