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Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Myth and History in Dalpat Chauhan’s Plays – Atul M. Parmar, Gujarat

 Oppression of Shudras, Ati-shudras and women has been documented since Vedic times. Dalits were kept away from the concept of knowledge and ultimately power....

Beyondness – Dinesh Sairam, Tamilnadu

Often times I tread along the ridges Straying and wandering in disdain. I see the strangling paths, The edge blades of downfall, Streams or creeks in torque ripples, Distant...

Also a love story – Shubham Singh , Rajasthan

It  was  getting  dark  and  the  breeze  had  started  to  turn  nippy.  The  train  had  just  left  the  Delhi  Cantt.  Station.  It  was  soothing ...

Equal value – R M Shanmugam Chettiar, Chennai

To be a doctor is great. To be a ward boy is not low. To be a professor is good. To be a vendor is not bad. Be...
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Resurrection

i have arrived at my altar. hark! i rise, i flourish, i pirouette on my one toe and float like a...

Stalking Prisons

The streets are empty with no one in sight, I check the big clock of the tower behind the basilic of Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s 2 o’clock on a mid-summer Tuesday afternoon. Everything’s shut. Everyone’s resting. My heart’s hitting the walls of its all so tight ribcage, as I need to cross the brightly lit square and go to the other side.

Revisiting Ambedkar’s Vision of ‘United States of India’: Can It Stand as Modern India’s Viable Alternative?

In April 2020, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor waded into the debate, arguing that a Presidential system would prevent the “one-man show” that the Indian system has evolved into. The proponents of this line of thought also cite the United States' (relative) political stability as one of the key reasons to support their argument. The proposal challenges the Indian Constitution’s “Basic structure doctrine” decided by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharathi case. However, this requires further examination: a Presidential form of government might fix some of India’s political gridlock, but it may also open Pandora’s Box, releasing a whole wake of issues in its place. This includes a politically biased Supreme Court and horse-trading of MPs on a scale unheard in Indian politics.

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Reviewing ‘Obsession and Wild Pigeon’ by Ismat Chughtai

My interest in Ismat Chughtai developed when I first...