How Brahminical legacy of caste discrimination influenced Christians and Muslims in India

By Sheshu Babu* It is a well-known fact that Hindu religion has deep caste divisions. This is one of the major causes of Dalits and other backward caste people willing to convert into other religions like Christianity. The disgust with caste system can be assessed when Dr BR Ambedkar said that, though he was born … More How Brahminical legacy of caste discrimination influenced Christians and Muslims in India

Of Us and Them: When line turns into a growing wall and neither side knows what the other is doing

By Fr Cedric Prakash sj* The late 1960s and the early 1970s are historically a watershed. This period was marked with protests against racism and injustices; against war and violence. The Civil Rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War protests saw millions come out in the United States. In Europe, there were student uprisings. The hippie … More Of Us and Them: When line turns into a growing wall and neither side knows what the other is doing

In narrow Aurangabad lanes a splendid tradition of intricately woven fabric struggles to survive

By Moin Qazi A dignified aura of its rich past cloaks every corner of Aurangabad, a bustling city in Maharashtra. The crowning minarets that dot the city landscape and the villages around it, dissolve into the mist of history as the lavender of the evening glow envelopes the monuments from which writers extract magical romances … More In narrow Aurangabad lanes a splendid tradition of intricately woven fabric struggles to survive

Writer Ramanunni explains why he donated his Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family

Malayalam Writer K P Ramanunni’s Statement After Receiving the Sahitya Akademi Award: After accepting the Sahitya Akademi Award I now come to your midst in order to make a symbolic, moral gesture. Let me explain briefly. The book that earned me this award is God’s Own Book which is so to speak my extra grief at the … More Writer Ramanunni explains why he donated his Sahitya Akademi prize money to Junaid’s family

Art of weaving is dying because of lack of visionary approach of India’s cultural administrators

By Moin Qazi* India has been home to a variety of arts and crafts which have won it a coveted place in the cultural heritage of the world. Khadi was the symbol of the freedom struggle and handloom weaving was one of the core elements of Gandhi’s philosophy of self-reliance. After independence, handloom industry was … More Art of weaving is dying because of lack of visionary approach of India’s cultural administrators

Faiz’s literary studies laid foundation of modern Urdu verse that took on larger socio-political issues

By Moin Qazi* Faiz Ahmed Faiz—the poet, teacher, editor, freedom-fighter, dramatist, critic, 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 as the … More Faiz’s literary studies laid foundation of modern Urdu verse that took on larger socio-political issues

Intellectual evolution of Ghalib, culled through chronological reading of the poet’s ghazals

By Subhash Ghatade* Ghalib has fascinated generations of people and they have tried to understand/interpret his poetry in their own way. For any such individual it is really difficult to recollect when and how Ghalib entered her/his life and ensconced himself comfortably in one’s heart. This wanderer still faintly remembers how many of Ghalib’sshers were part … More Intellectual evolution of Ghalib, culled through chronological reading of the poet’s ghazals