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Monthly Archives: August, 2017

‘Panthibhojanam’ in 1917 & ‘Beef Fests’ in 2017 – Nithya S. Shobha & Praveen Pilassery

Beef violence took 28 lives in India (among them 24 are Muslims) and hundreds injured in the riots occurred recently. These violence were framed...

‘Argumentative Indian’ exposes the nonsense arguments of Censor Board

Central Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) decision to not permit Suman Ghosh’s much expected documentary ‘Argumentative Indian’ shows new heights of cultural emergency that...

Don’t teach women how to wear, ask your sons to respect women – Thasni Salim & Praveen Pilassery

Women are taught for long by ‘men’ gendered society, the rules and codes of conduct a woman should follow in life. It has been...

70 children succumbed to death due to lack of oxygen supply in Gorakhpur Medical College Hospital in Uttar Pradesh – Thasni Salim

It is tragic to hear that more than 70 children died within a week in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College due to lack...

Can a misbehaviour compensated by money? Minors stamped on their face with an entrance stamp in Bhopal Jail – Thasni Salim

Rakshabandan is one of the prominent ritual celebrated by Hindu community in India.  In every rakshabandan the brother promises his sister that he will...

Kalinga Asian Athletic Championship: Rise of New Champions – Razeena Kuzhimandapathil & Praveen Pilassery

22nd Asian Athletic championship held at Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneswar, Orissa from 6th to 9th July remarked the emergence of India as a new sports...

Khuda Hafiz – Vivek Sinha, Bihar

Unlike other days, the sun had gone too early to its bed. The dark clouds massed above seemed in a snit to rain. Clouds...

My Type – Murtaza Karimi, Gujarat

The strapless rubber slipper was simply floating carelessly above the lake; also becoming the object that captivated my leisure time whilst I sat near...
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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...