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Author and journalist Khushwant Singh passes away
Noted author and journalist Khushwant Singh, one of the finest Indian writers in English in contemporary times, breathed his last today at the age of 99 at his residence in DelhiRead Blog ›
By On March 20, 2014
Masked Identities
The Supreme Court judgment on Section 377 has forced sexual minorities to slink back into the closet. A photo feature by Satya Sahu It was shocking, to make an understatement. Four years of progress. Four years of working to finally help attain equal civil rights at par with the ‘normal’ […]Read Blog ›
By On March 3, 2014
Focus on individual transformation, not political sloganeering
Today, every political party claims to be committed to building a ‘corruption-free India’. Parties promise voters that if they come to power, they will establish an India free of corruption and other vices. But are the hopes that many people have about parties that claim to provide a corrupt-free, model […]Read Blog ›
By On February 18, 2014
People First, People Always
Dear Delhi, The events that unfolded in Delhi on 08 December 2013 have been truly inspirational. They have turned a bright new page in the political history of our beloved country. Heartfelt congratulations, to both, the Victors and the Vanquished. The Victors, for obvious reasons, and the vanquished for the […]Read Blog ›
By On December 11, 2013
The struggle for meaningful democracy in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, people have been continuing their struggle for democracy through electoral processes since before ‘Independence’. Once again they wait for a peaceful change of power in the next general election pencilled in for January 2014, under conditions in which it is difficult to have any confidence. The Bangladeshi people’s […]Read Blog ›
By On November 22, 2013
Saanjha Chulha: The Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb
In the book Composite Culture in a Multi Cultural Society, Yogendra Singh writes, “India is a society of communities. According to a recent survey (by Anthropological Survey of India in 1992) there are 4634 communities in India, which constitute the fabric of its social structure and culture. India is also […]Read Blog ›
By On November 15, 2013
Patna blasts: The radio silence on a failed assassination
A prime ministerial candidate speaks at a political rally in a state run by a rival party. Nearly a million people attend. A series of bomb blasts take place at the venue. It results in a few deaths and multiple injuries. A catastrophic stampede is narrowly averted. Later, investigations show […]Read Blog ›
By On October 31, 2013
The ignored environmentalists
Most city dwellers wake up to the call of the neighbourhood kabadiwallah (wastepicker). It’s a familiar wake up call. But that is where all familiarity with the kabadiwallah ends. On most mornings, the kabadiwallah pedals through residential colonies with a slow, persistent pace, checking to see if anyone needs to […]Read Blog ›
By On October 31, 2013
Saanjha Chulha: Exploring Delhi’s Sultan Garhi Tomb
Saanjha Chulha refers to a community oven or a common kitchen for the entire community. It’s a word I grew up hearing, though it’s not so common now. Since this is a popular concept in Punjab I asked Vikramjit Singh Rooprai.Read Blog ›
By On October 30, 2013
Yes, Rahul Gandhi is guilty
Yes, Rahul Gandhi is guilty. He is guilty of being honest and forthright. We indeed live in strange times when honesty from a political leader is considered a crime. But this is exactly what a section of our commentators – most of them on the social media – would like […]Read Blog ›
By On October 25, 2013