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Activists fear for Teesta, Javed's life if arrested

Activists fear for Teesta, Javed's life if arrested

In the photo from left: Tushar Gandhi, Dilip D'souza, Anand Patwardhan and Sandhya Gokhale at the press conference to express solidarity with Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand. Photo by: Satyen K Bordoloi“If they get arrested, how will we ensure that they will be protected from those who they have put...

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Shyam Benegal: 80 years of goodness and greatness

Shyam Benegal: 80 years of goodness and greatness

Everyone who has ever worked with Shyam Benegal, has his favourite Shyambabu (as he is fondly called) story. My favourite is the one Chintuda – Chintu Mohapatra never tires of repeating.A young, lanky boy from Orissa wrote to Shyam Benegal in the 1980s stating that he wanted to come to Bombay and wo...

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Will we remember the Bhopal massacre 50 years later?

Will we remember the Bhopal massacre 50 years later?

Bhopal 1984 was not an accident, it was a homicide from which the killers walked away free.  Director Ravi Kumar's 'Bhopal – A Prayer For Rain' gives life to the ghost of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy that is estimated to have killed 20,000 people (2,259 is the official immediate death toll) and ...

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Course Correction – The Hindutvafication of Indian Education

Course Correction – The Hindutvafication of Indian Education

Ever since the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-supported government of Narendra Modi has come to power, the Indian Left has been worried sick about a ‘Right’ turn of education, while the Indian Right claims that the current curriculum is Left leaning. Evidently, the Left wants status quo while the Rig...

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The rise of a Hindu-Secularism

The rise of a Hindu-Secularism

​Secularism 2.0 has emerged from the ashes of its previous avatar but it can be portentous for the civilization that is India, says Satyen K. BordoloiWhen Narendra Modi invited Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his swearing-in ceremony, Indo-Pak peace activists cried foul. They ...

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Is Democracy in India a farce?

Is Democracy in India a farce?

Using anecdotes and news reports from this election, Satyen K. Bordoloi asks a question bothering many sensitive minds in the nationThe happiness of a simpleton Bodo man from a village near Guwahati knew no bounds. While others showed the election ink mark on one finger, he held out both his hands t...

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Assam Diary: The 'happiest' man in politics suffers a hit-wicket

Assam Diary: The 'happiest' man in politics suffers a hit-wicket

In Assam, Satyen K. Bordoloi finds the happiest man in Indian politics as he tries to maneuver the political heat-wave in the state only to hit-wicketPolitical heatwave in Assam:Politics and festivities intertwined this April in Assam to create a powerful heat-wave that shattered previous records. A...

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Arundhati Roy is right: We need Ambedkar now

Arundhati Roy is right: We need Ambedkar now

Title: Annihilation of Caste (The annotated critical edition)Author: B R AmbedkarPublisher: NavayanaFor millions of year, the primary function of the human brain has been survival; its only mantra – truth is survival and survival the only truth. Life was black or white and people - good or evi...

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Ship of Theseus: A blind photographer, a religious atheist & other paradoxes

<i>Ship of Theseus</i>: A blind photographer, a religious atheist & other paradoxes

A film that relies heavily on philosophy deserves to be viewed philosophically says Satyen K. Bordoloi as he attempts such an interpretation for Ship of Theseus. Over 2000 years back Socrates proclaimed that an unexamined film is not worth watching. He didn’t. What he actually said is that an ...

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Waking the superhero sleeping inside us

Waking the superhero sleeping inside us

What does it take to become a 'man of steel'? Do we have it in us to discover our own superpowers? Satyen K Bordoloi uses superhero films as an analogy to find the heroism within ourselves.Alone, the two words 'hero' and 'super' seem ordinary. But combine them to form 'superhero' and it inspires awe...

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