Only until mid-1910s Gandhi’s solidarity was more with white colonisers than natives

Excerpts from the paper “Thinking with Gandhi on racism and violence: A letter to a friend”, by Ajay Skaria, Professor of History and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota,  published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, based on exchanges on WhatsApp in response to a question from a college friend: “Was Gandhi racist towards blacks?” Was Gandhi racist … Continue reading Only until mid-1910s Gandhi’s solidarity was more with white colonisers than natives

An untold story: Licy Bharucha’s pilgrimage into the lives of India’s freedom fighters

By Moin Qazi* Book Review: “Oral History of Indian Freedom Movement”, by Dr Licy Bharucha; Pp240; Rs 300; Published by National Museum of Indian Freedom Movement The Congress has won political freedom, but it has yet to win economic freedom, social and moral freedom. These freedoms are harder than the political, if only because they … Continue reading An untold story: Licy Bharucha’s pilgrimage into the lives of India’s freedom fighters

Father’s Day message: What a joy it is when you do small things for others

By Dr Mike Ghouse* Father's Day is a great tradition to celebrate and honor the father. However, it is also a stressful day for many people. I feel the joy and the pain of both groups, here are some thoughts about each group. First of all, my heart goes out to those who did not … Continue reading Father’s Day message: What a joy it is when you do small things for others

Musical chutney: India contributed immensely to British culture, requires documentation

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* “In the dark timesWill there also be singing?Yes, there will also be singing.About the dark times.” – Bertolt Brecht These historic lines are prophetically relevant today as we witness the forward march of the right wing in India and United Kingdom. These forces are destroying the multicultural mosaic of our society … Continue reading Musical chutney: India contributed immensely to British culture, requires documentation

Koi lauta de merey beetey hue din! When world was young: Flavours, sensations of childhood

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* We never forget the flavors and sensations of childhood. As in a dream, we reach out to touch them. Yet always they are just a little beyond our grasp. Our memories of that time are really of events as much as of feelings and emotions of something lost, something forgotten; a … Continue reading Koi lauta de merey beetey hue din! When world was young: Flavours, sensations of childhood

Familial response to conflicts and unmitigated disasters of the present pandemic kind

Being around family validates academic claims of the role of social unit during a calamity By Abhimanyu Hazarika* The Fast and Furious series of action films is replete with problematic content amidst its entertainment, but one positive aspect it harps on is keeping family first. Often seen as a bastion of the conservative end of … Continue reading Familial response to conflicts and unmitigated disasters of the present pandemic kind