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Gulzar, the favourite child of the Muse
As the country celebrates the 77th birthday of poet, lyricist, writer, director and producer Gulzar today, one feels unable to even sum up, much less critically examine, the career of this favourite child of the Muse. Born as Sampooran Singh Kalra to Makhan Singh Kalra and Sujan Kaur in Jhelum […]Read Blog ›
By On August 18, 2014
Uttarakhand Floods: A Year After The Tragedy
On 16-17 June last year, the flash floods and the subsequent landslides on the course of the Mandakani and Bhagirati rivers — both tributaries of the Ganga — killed thousands and rendered many more homeless. Most of the dead were pilgrims visiting the Kedarnath shrine One year later, the TEHELKA […]Read Blog ›
By and On July 15, 2014
Indo-Pak diplomacy: The way forward
May 26, 2014 was a historic day in Indian politics. On this day the 15th Prime Minister of India was sworn in. Pakistan’s Prime Minister personally attended the ceremony. Later, there was also a meeting between the two leaders. This event holds great hope for many people, for they believe […]Read Blog ›
By On June 4, 2014
The emergence of a new India
Politics is full of differences. If we tried to eliminate such differences, it would prove to be counterproductive. In other words, it would result in a greater evil. Hence, democracy is the answer. It is the art of difference management and means a non-confrontational settlement of differences. India’s 16th General […]Read Blog ›
By On May 20, 2014
Haryana Dalits Protest Against Gangrape
Dalits from Bhagana village protest outside Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s official residence in New Delhi on 11 May after the recent gangrape of four Dalit girls, three of them minors, by several upper-caste men. The protesters alleged that both the State and the Union Governments were paying no heed to […]Read Blog ›
By On May 12, 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 21, 2014
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
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