Whistle Blower Theatre play “Urfe Aalo” seeks to drive social transformation for manual scavengers

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 … More Whistle Blower Theatre play “Urfe Aalo” seeks to drive social transformation for manual scavengers

Widespread popularization of street play is no less than a transformational social movement

By Archit Seth* Theatre and India share a long relationship dating 5000 years ago. The earliest form of theatre was Sanskrit theatre. Bharata’s ‘Natya Shastra’ was the one of the earliest play enacted in India. Indian theatre was heavily influenced by the people who ruled over the country. During the Islamic rule in the country, … More Widespread popularization of street play is no less than a transformational social movement

Faiz’s poems reverberate contemporary pathos: Turbulent and marked with historical changes

By Moin Qazi Faiz Ahmed Faiz – the poet, teacher, editor, freedom-fighter, progressive writer and Lenin Peace Prize recipient – is one of the greatest poets of the Indian subcontinent. He was not a mere dreamer of dreams but was an iconoclast who inspired a million mutinies. Great poets like Faiz are warriors and serve … More Faiz’s poems reverberate contemporary pathos: Turbulent and marked with historical changes

Rich corporates spend huge sums on entertainment, but don’t care for ecological imbalance it causes

By Sheshu Babu* Much has been debated over waste disposal and waste management. But the root cause of ‘ creation’ of waste is not discussed often. To reduce waste, the problem of creating waste should be addressed. One of the main producers of waste are the rich who spend a lot on ceremonies. Recently, a … More Rich corporates spend huge sums on entertainment, but don’t care for ecological imbalance it causes

Gandhi invoked Magna Carta in South Africa, so did Nelson Mandela, Nehru, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro

  By Mohan Guruswamy*     We now take our liberties and rights for granted, and the way of life it guarantees us as inherent. But what we now have come after a long process evolution, and many a time they flowed out of something else quite unintended. The Magna Carta is a case in … More Gandhi invoked Magna Carta in South Africa, so did Nelson Mandela, Nehru, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro

Manuben’s diaries cover major political, social events at a crucial juncture of India’s history

By Nandini Oza* Manuben Gandhi was an important woman political activist who is less known in spite of being a central observer of many of the momentous events surrounding India’s freedom struggle, partition and subsequently, events that lead to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. Manuben joined Gandhi as his aide and caretaker at the young age of … More Manuben’s diaries cover major political, social events at a crucial juncture of India’s history

Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities

By Mike Ghouse* Whether you are an atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Native American, Pagan, Shinto, Sikh, Wicca, and Zoroastrian or from any other tradition, you may feel a sense of connection with the spirit of Ramadan. The best way to build cohesive societies is for its members to understand each other’s sorrows … More Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities