Filmmaker Raoul Peck explores colonialism and origins of white supremacy

A new four-part documentary series, “Exterminate All the Brutes,” delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa. It has been described as an unflinching narrative of genocide and exploitation, beginning with the colonizing of Indigenous land that is now called the United States. The documentary series seeks to counter “the … Continue reading Filmmaker Raoul Peck explores colonialism and origins of white supremacy

Sholay: Singing to the tune of Indian ruling classes, making people hero worship

By Harsh Thakor* Without doubt Sholay was the most impactful film ever made in the history of Bollywood.No film ever influenced or penetrated the Indian psyche as much as ‘Sholay’ .Few scenes of films ever flash memories, with such degree of intensity like 'Sholay.'It literally created the impact of an inferno in your heart. I … Continue reading Sholay: Singing to the tune of Indian ruling classes, making people hero worship

Immersed in issues of wars, asylum, poverty, racism in Middle East, Africa, US

By Faten Ahmad* Every war novel must at some point confront a central contradiction. Only the truth has any real value, but the truth about war is that it contains nearly unbearable levels of repetition, boredom and meaninglessness. To write honestly about war, you should make readers feel they have endured those things as well. … Continue reading Immersed in issues of wars, asylum, poverty, racism in Middle East, Africa, US

Do Bigha Zameen: One of the best Indian movies portraying social reality at the very core

By Harsh Thakor* To me ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ is the best movie ever made in India and the most relevant even today. In a most artistic manner it reveals the oppression of feudalism or capitalism, brilliantly weaving a set of characters into a plot. The film contains no element of melodrama or fantasy but still … Continue reading Do Bigha Zameen: One of the best Indian movies portraying social reality at the very core

Holi — Eid-e-Gulabi — a shared colourful heritage of Hindus, Muslims

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* Though I never see people as Hindus and Muslims as the famous poet saint Kabir had said that he doesn’t see a Hindu and and Muslim in the eyes of a person but a human! Interestingly yet I would like to share that Tilak Raj Rustagi, a Hindu friend and colleague … Continue reading Holi — Eid-e-Gulabi — a shared colourful heritage of Hindus, Muslims

Cycling Culture: Towards reharmonising human habitats with natural ecosystems

By Chandra Vikash Is this #TheGreatReset and a new world order that human society most urgently needs? Bicycle Tracks (or bike lanes) are signages of Car Culture. Most people including avid cycling enthusiasts and cycling/NMT (non motoring transport) advocates fail to see that. The reasons are not very difficult to see. They are either misled … Continue reading Cycling Culture: Towards reharmonising human habitats with natural ecosystems

At the margin of Dalit politics, Bahurupias keep roza as well as navratri fasts

Shivraj Bahurupiya By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* The Bahurupiyas are one of the most marginalised communities in India. They are engaged in life performances and depend on the patronage of the powerful in the villages. In the olden times, the Rajas and Maharajas patronised them as they would massage their ego. They act on impersonation but … Continue reading At the margin of Dalit politics, Bahurupias keep roza as well as navratri fasts