By Moin Qazi* As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to the Prophet Muhammad on his birthday (November 21, 2018). This day, 1,429 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of Mount of Mercy (Jabal … More Farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad, reiterating need for tolerance to people of all denominations
By Sheshu Babu* ‘A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society’ — Dr BR Ambedkar Scholars, journalists and writers have analysed and critiqued the life and works of Dr Ambedkar in many ways. One of his great characteristics has been to appreciate … More ‘Magnanimity’ of Dr BR Ambedkar, who despised Brahminic system, but did not hate Brahmins
By Bhaskar Sur* Bhagat Singh has long been an icon of a heroic sacrifice and socialist dream that is yet to be achieved. Udham Singh, his co- patriot, however, is now almost a forgotten figure. Both were products of a militant nationalism that was going through a socialist orientation under the powerful impact of the … More Why Udham Singh, known to be Bhagat Singh’s co-patriot, has been an almost forgotten figure
On September 14, P Pranay Kumar and his wife Amrutha Varshini were coming out of a hospital when an unidentified man attacked him with a machete. What was later called honour killing as the he had married an “upper caste” woman, a social media campaign by Amrutha has led to social outrage in Telangana. In the … More Why do love stories get “love” on the Indian box offices, while bullets in reality?
By LK Sharma* It has led to resignations in the media world, boycotts in the film industry and the closure of a famous film company. Junior foreign minister M J Akbar was made to resign. During a festival celebrating the Goddess who kills a demon menacing Gods, scores of educated Indian women have unmasked their … More #MeToo: Mini-revolution during a festival celebrating the Goddess who kills a demon menacing Gods
By Moin Qazi* Wait Mr. Postman Please Mr. Postman, look and see Oh yeah If there’s a letter in your bag for me…. These lyrics sung way back in the ’70s by the Carpenters immortalized the humble postman and his role in a lovesick teenager’s life. Closer to home, Rajesh Khanna did pretty much the … More An ode to the Indian village postman, who has receded into the far horizons of the rural landscape
By Moin Qazi* Eighty kilometres to the east of Nagpur in central India lies Bapu Kuti, a historic site in Sewagram, the ‘village of service’, which is nestled in the serene rustic surroundings of the Wardha district. This dwelling was the residential abode of Mahatma Gandhi from 1936 to 1948 and was the epicentre of … More Sevagram’s Bapu Kuti is a sparse and austere mud-walled cottage, it is a symbol of Gandhi’s simplicity