SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH, Nobel for Literature 2015, on her books

Oct 27, 2015 No Comments

I’ve been searching for a genre that would be most adequate to my vision of the world to convey how my ear hears and my eyes see life.I tried this and that and finally I chose a genre where human voices speak for themselves. Real people speak in my books about the main events of [...]

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Oct 14, 2015 No Comments

Now that the fascists have come for you… By SHAMS KABIR 1984 riots killed thousands of Sikhs. Operation Blue Star killed hundreds. 1985 Gujarat riots killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands 1986 Nayantara Sahgal receives her award. Operation Black Thunder kills again. The Gujarat riots continue till February. 2014 Killing of minorities continues unabated. [...]

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Slain human rights blogger AVIJIT ROY’s daughter TRISHA AHMED writes a letter to all

Mar 02, 2015 No Comments

Avijit Roy’s daughter, Trisha Ahmed: “My dad was a prominent Bengali writer, most famous for his books about science and atheism. He and my mom went to Bangladesh last week to publicize his books at Bangladesh’s national book fair. 15 hours ago, Islamic fundamentalists stabbed my dad to death. My mom was severely wounded from [...]

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Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

KAVITA KRISHNAN on a TIMES NOW report on Adivasis protesting in Bastar Am waching with concern, coverage of a protest of adivasis at a police station in Bastar. On Times Now. Classic case of how reporting should not be done. It says 400 villagers armed with bows and arrows are protesting at a police station [...]

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MOHAN GURUSWAMY on Natwar Singh’s brush with a molestation case

Aug 10, 2014 No Comments

There is the well repeated incident about what happened when Natwar Singh was Deputy High Commissioner in London in 1975. He tried to get fresh with an English maid ( in India we would call it molesting with the intention of outraging the modesty) and it led to his being punctured by a kitchen knife. [...]

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And not a murmer from the media, says FARAZ AHMAD

Aug 04, 2014 No Comments

On Wednesday noon, just minutes before it struck 12, while many of us were rushing to the Rajya Sabha Press gallery, we saw a certain commotion downstairs, near the Vjay Chowk Gate of Parliament House. A white SUV had just crossed the boom barrier and suddenly the on-guard gypsy with cops aiming their guns aboard [...]

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Sushma Swaraj’s eloquent Urdu speech is mercifully her way of showing individuality, says KAJAL BASU

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech in (almost) impeccable Urdu, at the 30th All India Annual Hajj Conference, has the media AND blogland sitting up all agog. To those spewing fervent admiration for the only Union Cabinet member who has the gumption to play against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his own backlot, here’s a [...]

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ABU ZAFAR lists out number of rioters, criminals et al in the present Lok Sabha

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

In the newly elected 16th Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Indian Parliament, there are 87 Members who are facing rioting charges in different courts of the country. At least 13 of them are facing charges related to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his [...]

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NIVEDITA MENON is mystified by the sudden disappearance of the libertarian blog KAFILA from cyberspace

Apr 26, 2014 No Comments

Yesterday from about 3 pm, nobody could get into Kafila. All we could see was a notice that said WordPress had suspended the blog for ‘violating terms of service’. We wrote immediately to WordPress, who replied that they would get back to us.  No reply from them so far, but Kafila suddenly reappeared at about [...]

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Noted filmmaker ANAND PATWARDHAN has made up his mind who to vote for

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

Election notes (stating the obvious) : At the risk of repeating myself I am going to say this again. For all of us who believe in the secular democracy that India was meant to be, the options are increasingly clear. And there should be no confusion about it. In each constituency, whom we vote AGAINST [...]

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