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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
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
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
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
The invisible cyclists
Noted environmentalist Sunita Narain’s unfortunate cycling accident last week in Delhi has brought back focus on the safety of cyclists in Indian cities. This pressing issue only makes news when someone well-known meets with a cycling accident or when the odd cyclothon makes it to the local pages at the […]Read Blog ›
By On October 24, 2013
Revealing the toxic equation between Western powers and Arab countries
First published in 2005 in Urdu under the name of ‘Yaad-e-Haram’, ‘Zionist Conspiracies in the Citadel of Islam’ reads like an effort by author Syed Zubair Ahmad to unfold what he sees as an ‘unholy’ contract between western imperialists and the Arab countries, long perceived to be the custodians of […]Read Blog ›
By On October 24, 2013
Persian Ramayanas
The Ramayana, one of the most ancient and sacred stories of India, was originally composed in Sanskrit by Valmiki and later translated to Awadhi by Tulsidas. However, besides the famous Sanskrit and Hindi versions, there are no less than 23 Ramayanas in Indo-Persian Literature. Some of these were translated from the […]Read Blog ›
By On October 3, 2013
No case for terrorism in Islam
Terrorism has no place whatsoever in Islam. It is not acceptable or justifiable under any circumstances. Terrorism is a form of violence undertaken by non-state actors. Using violence can be the prerogative only of duly-established state authorities, and that too, if the need so arises and under certain conditions. It […]Read Blog ›
By On September 30, 2013
James loved Jesus, but he loved men too
As a homosexual man in India, I was close to losing my faith in God. First, there was James*. When he turned 19, his parents discovered a naked picture of a man in his drawer. James loved Jesus, but he loved men too. His parents, well educated, genteel folk in every […]Read Blog ›
By On September 11, 2013