Gurmehar Kaur, ABVP and Ramjas College

Rightwing ABVP and leftwing AISA - SFI students clashed at Ramjas college of Delhi University. Bone of contention was cancellation of seminar invite to Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid of JNU to speak at a history festival being organised by Ramjas college under protest / threat from ABVP. A day after lecture was cancelled, ABVP... Continue Reading →

Balasore to Kanpur and Beyond

We got off Toofan express at Kanpur central. It was a misty winter morning. My uncle received us at the station. My father has been transferred from Balasore in Odisha to Kanpur in UP. Born and raised in eastern part of India, my world, and I guess my mothers too, used to revolve around Howrah... Continue Reading →

Kali was a Good Dog.

Kali was not our pet. Her owners had most likely left her on her fate as they moved on. Kali came and sat at our door. We were out for a few days. As we returned, we found Kali sitting at our door step and enthusiastically wagging her tail. She was genuinely happy to see... Continue Reading →

Jayalalitha, Sasikala and Succession War

A wise politician had said, "when a big tree falls, earth shakes". This prophecy followed loss of lives of many people in Delhi. Recently, it appears similar prophecy coming true in Tamil Nadu after demise of chief minister J Jayalalitha. Looking at the faces of supporters and well wisher of the departed chief minister, when... Continue Reading →

Dinanath, the Rickshaw Puller

Dinanath used to ferry my mother from home to school and back in his rickshaw. My mother had a monthly arrangement with him. Initially, mother and a student of her were Dinanath’s passenger. Later I also joined the group. Dinanath did not look like a regular rickshaw puller. His mannerisms and his demeanor suggested that... Continue Reading →

Journey of Life

Life is a journey, it is often said. Dharmaraj Yudhisthira on his final journey with his wife and brothers, never looked back even when one after another his relatives started falling away. Like a river, flow of life moves on from birth to death. For some strange reason, I always like any journey much more than destination.... Continue Reading →

Tarek Fateh and Fateh ka Fatwa

Fateh ki Fatwa is a discussion program aired by Zee TV. The program is telecast in Hindi. Anchor of the program is Tarek Fateh. Mr Fateh was born in Pakistan. In Pakistan, Mr. Fateh was imprisoned in Pakistan. Mr. Fateh was banned from practicing his profession of journalism in Pakistan. Mr. Fateh moved to Saudi... Continue Reading →

Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and History

Was Rani Padmini of Chittor romantically inclined towards Alauddin Khilji? We do not know. Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is making the film Padmavati would not reveal his story. This has infuriated Karni Sena of Rajasthan. Karni sena vandalised set of Padmavati, man handled Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In the end, Sanjay Leela Bhansali decided to take... Continue Reading →

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