Father’s Day message: What a joy it is when you do small things for others

By Dr Mike Ghouse* Father's Day is a great tradition to celebrate and honor the father. However, it is also a stressful day for many people. I feel the joy and the pain of both groups, here are some thoughts about each group. First of all, my heart goes out to those who did not … Continue reading Father’s Day message: What a joy it is when you do small things for others

Musical chutney: India contributed immensely to British culture, requires documentation

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* “In the dark timesWill there also be singing?Yes, there will also be singing.About the dark times.” – Bertolt Brecht These historic lines are prophetically relevant today as we witness the forward march of the right wing in India and United Kingdom. These forces are destroying the multicultural mosaic of our society … Continue reading Musical chutney: India contributed immensely to British culture, requires documentation

Koi lauta de merey beetey hue din! When world was young: Flavours, sensations of childhood

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* We never forget the flavors and sensations of childhood. As in a dream, we reach out to touch them. Yet always they are just a little beyond our grasp. Our memories of that time are really of events as much as of feelings and emotions of something lost, something forgotten; a … Continue reading Koi lauta de merey beetey hue din! When world was young: Flavours, sensations of childhood

Familial response to conflicts and unmitigated disasters of the present pandemic kind

Being around family validates academic claims of the role of social unit during a calamity By Abhimanyu Hazarika* The Fast and Furious series of action films is replete with problematic content amidst its entertainment, but one positive aspect it harps on is keeping family first. Often seen as a bastion of the conservative end of … Continue reading Familial response to conflicts and unmitigated disasters of the present pandemic kind

‘India divided between Mahommedan and Hindoo, between tribe and tribe, between caste and caste’

On May 5, 2020 fell the 202nd birth anniversary of Karl Marx, who has gone in history as perhaps one of the world’s most influential intellectuals and revolutionaries.  We reproduce below what Marx said about what Britain was doing in India in an article he wrote on July 22, 1853, first published in the “New-York … Continue reading ‘India divided between Mahommedan and Hindoo, between tribe and tribe, between caste and caste’

This time of disaster is a God-given opportunity to unite, putting aside caste, creed differences

Statement by Dharmik Jan Morcha, a multi-religious representative forum of Telangana, on "public appeal in the time of COVID-19 pandemic", signed by  Rev Fr Anthony Raj Thumma, coordinator, Dharmik Jan Morcha, Telangana;   Mohammed Sadiq Ahmed, coordinator, Dharmik Jan Morcha, Telangana; Krishna Rao, Shankarmutt (Manager); and Venkat Rao, Staya Sai Baba Temple, state president: Dharmik Jan Morcha (DJM) is … Continue reading This time of disaster is a God-given opportunity to unite, putting aside caste, creed differences

RIP, Asrar Jamayee! A Mazahiya shair… which is what distinguished him from others

By Mohammed Wajihuddin* Letter to a dead poet.. Dear Asrar Jamayee, Some of my friends complain that I keep writing letters to the dead people. But I cannot stop myself from dashing this missive off to you now that you are no more. It is a closure to the pains that had grounded you, put … Continue reading RIP, Asrar Jamayee! A Mazahiya shair… which is what distinguished him from others