Poverty in India

People’s Manifesto For a Just, Equitable, and Sustainable India

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March 13, 2019 Editor 0

The Vikalp Sangam process is a platform to bring together movements, groups and individuals working on just, equitable and sustainable pathways to human and ecological well-being. It rejects the current model of development and the structures of inequality and injustice underlying it, and searches for alternatives in practice and vision. Over 50 movements and organisations around the country are involved.…[Read More]…

Almost Harper - Githa Hariharan

Extract: ‘MAPPING FREEDOM’

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December 30, 2018 Editor 0

In “Almost Home” Githa Hariharan in “one of the most militarized places in the world” meets a cross section of Kashmiris and gathers shades of absences–of azaadi, of choices—and the presence of armed intruders, burnt houses, rigged elections. …[Read More]…

ENVISIONING INDIA’S FUTURE: AN INTRODUCTION

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August 30, 2018 Editor 0

Each passing day provides us appalling and tragic evidence of shackled humanity and incurable traumas. Does the future mean more of the same? In this collection of essays editors Kothari and Joy bring together themes of alternative futures, traces of which were and are, already upon us. Their Introduction maps out the visions of possible futures and redemptive choices.…[Read More]…

‘ON THE SPIRES OF OUR BREATH’

Literary Trails

June 15, 2018 Editor 0

Scholar, translator, essayist multilingual poet Riyaz Latif is too modest when he informs the reader that his poem “Transience” that appeared in the original in Urdu in 1994 and which he translated himself might seem dated with its reference to Glasnost, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Bosnia. Not for us it isn’t!
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Tagore and Gandhi Rare pic

VISIONS FROM A ‘CULTURE OF CONVERSATION’

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May 30, 2018 Editor 0

May 7 marked Rabindranath Tagore’s 157th birth anniversary. Celebrations were held not just in India but in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as well, two countries that historically and culturally may have had affinities with India but that also have strong ‘nationalist’ sentiments couching grievances that have erupted time and again or mutely underlined their interactions with ‘big brother’ India in the recent past. So how was it that Tagore, India’s ‘national’ poet was feted in both countries? …[Read More]…

THE CAGING OF ART

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May 14, 2018 Editor 0

TM Krishna is no cloistered musician happy to rest on his laurels and fame as a Karnatik music exponent. He is a public intellectual who engages with issues in a way that most classical musicians would shy away from.

THE LURE OF FUNDAMENTALISM

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April 30, 2018 Editor 0

What makes the human mind susceptible to the lure of fundamentalism? Salman Akhtar addressed this question in his lecture more than a decade ago. His “psychoanalytical perspective” could have been written for the seductive power of right-wing politics sweeping across geographies.…[Read More]…

Sheikh Ark

TEARING UP A COMPOSITE CULTURE

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March 31, 2018 Editor 0

In our mutual animosities we deliberately ignore the influences of Tughlak, Khalji, Lodi dynasties and the Moghuls on the evolution of our composite culture, or try to reduce it to a monolithic or ‘pure’ one. So wrote Asghar Ali Engineer a decade ago. His words still resonate. …[Read More]…

Andal-book-cover

TRANSLATING HER GARLANDS

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March 15, 2018 Editor 0

Priya Sarukkai Chabria talks with Mrinalini Harchandrai about her obsession with Andal’s poetry that led to a unique translation project with Ravi Shankar. “Sangam poetics” allows her to offer multiple versions of the goddess-poet’s songs of sacred-erotic love.…[Read More]…

MIRTH AND THE DUST-CLOUD: REMEMBERING VARIS ALVI

Personal Notes

March 15, 2018 Editor 0

“At this inevitable parting, how does one invoke reminiscences of that vivacious vitality that was Varis Alvi (Vāriṡ ʿAlavī)? There is a singular incongruity in referring to him in the past tense, for it would be in keeping with him to persevere unwaveringly in our dimension”, says poet Riyaz Latif in his “requiem for a friend.” …[Read More]…

MAQUETTES OF MUD AND SHRAPNEL

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February 15, 2018 Editor 0

In “Against the Frame” his first collection of poetry, Azad Ashim Sharma explores the horrors of on-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, their blood-soaked histories, arbitrary geographies on those “washed up as human contraband” and quotidian xenophobia in the metropolis. …[Read More]…