Indian women from the outskirts of Delhi are taking selfies to claim their right to the city

By Ayona Datta* Taking selfies and posting them on social media is often derided as a narcissistic, self-absorbed and attention-seeking practice. Filters come in for particular disdain due to the role they play in reinforcing unattainable beauty standards, by making faces lighter, slimmer and wider-eyed than is natural. Yet feminist, minority and queer activists have argued that selfies can … More Indian women from the outskirts of Delhi are taking selfies to claim their right to the city

Darkest Hour: Churchill depicted as dark, brooding drunken hero instead of the monster he was

By Mohan Guruswamy*  The movie “Darkest Hour” is playing in many of our better cinema halls in all major cities. The Anglicized Indian elite, who still largely lionize Winston Churchill are beating pathways to the movie halls. Nearly every review in our major newspapers is quite breathless. The Hindu writes: “Wright’s focused single-minded direction takes … More Darkest Hour: Churchill depicted as dark, brooding drunken hero instead of the monster he was

Need to popularize life and struggle of first Dalit actress in these times of ‘biopic’ cinema

By Sheshu Babu* Many women have struggled to come up in the tinsel world of film industry. The #MeToo movement has exposed how domination of male led many women to terminate their careers or compromise and continue in the field. Being a Dalit woman makes it all the more difficult to survive. In the face … More Need to popularize life and struggle of first Dalit actress in these times of ‘biopic’ cinema

How social media is being used as a medium to spew hatred with impunity, violate human rights

By Sheshu Babu* Advancement of technology, more than benefiting masses, is becoming dangerous in the hands of miscreants. Increase of smart  phones and computers have spread the use of social media platforms. Instead of using the platforms for messaging information or decent discussion, it is becoming a medium to spew hatred, upload incidents of human … More How social media is being used as a medium to spew hatred with impunity, violate human rights

When Mrinal Sen said: Unlike Shyam Benegal, I can’t move about with a harem, like a Mughal Emperor

By Kanika Katyal “I don’t agree with Godard when he says that the cinema is a gun. That is too romantic an expression. You can’t topple a government or a system by making one ‘Potemkin’. You can’t do that with ten ‘Potemkins’. All you can do is create an environment in which you can discuss … More When Mrinal Sen said: Unlike Shyam Benegal, I can’t move about with a harem, like a Mughal Emperor

Story of a person from a vulnerable community, “recruited” in Gujarat for rioting in 2002

By Rajiv Shah Suresh Jadeja, alias Langdo, alias Richard, is a well-known name in the Naroda Patiya massacre case, in which 97 persons were killed on February 28, 2002, the first day of Gujarat riots. Convicted for life on August 31, 2012 for murder and rape, little, however, is known about this rioter’s vulnerable background. … More Story of a person from a vulnerable community, “recruited” in Gujarat for rioting in 2002

Farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad, reiterating need for tolerance to people of all denominations

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