Train of thoughts in Sanjiv Bhatla’s poems moves at an enormous velocity

By Moin Qazi* “The poetry of earth is never dead” - John Keats “Looking Back” is Sanjiv Bhatla’s maiden collection of poems. He has several authoritative and scholarly works on religious and spiritual subjects also to his credit. His poems are equally brilliant and bear out the finer sensibilities in him. His anthology was originally … Continue reading Train of thoughts in Sanjiv Bhatla’s poems moves at an enormous velocity

Alfiya Pathan: The making of Nagpur’s teenage boxing legend

By Moin Qazi* It was a time when a lot of people didn't realize women's boxing wasn’t in the Olympics. It was always considered a male preserve. There was a strong belief that women's bodies were somehow too frail to box. The decision to grant it recognition for Olympics inspired many enthusiastic women who were … Continue reading Alfiya Pathan: The making of Nagpur’s teenage boxing legend

In defence of youthful deviations: Need to dismantle old hangovers in new bottles of power

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* The blaming of young people as ‘lazy, deviants, drug abusers, materialists, selfish, directionless, apolitical and other stereotypes continue to dominate public narratives. The objectives of these borderless narratives are designed to weaken young people’s ability to challenge and transform the society in which they live. The blame culture and negative portrayals … Continue reading In defence of youthful deviations: Need to dismantle old hangovers in new bottles of power

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