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