Ambedkar’s thought and our times

Ambedkar Jayanti was celebrated on 14th April, 2019. Both the Congress and the BJP jumped to claim and appropriate Ambedkar as their own. However, Ambedkar stands aloof but invincible when it comes to these ideological battles. His work and life has been a critique of majoritarian politics of the BJP and the paternalistic-upper caste-upper class […]

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युवा और रोमांच(रोमांस)

वह क्या बला है भला ? जो उग्रवाद[1] को रोमांचक बनाती है जो दार्शनिक[2] को बनाती है रोमांटिक नये धरातल की नीव[3] सजाती है।   कोई पुछता है जैसे मुझसे, राजनीति कैसे प्रेम सिखाती है ? क्या स्थायी व्यवस्था से मुख मोडना काम(कामना) का अनुयायी[4] बनाती है ?   क्रांति का वो तूफान जो सैलाब[5]लेकर […]

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JAI KISAN ANDOLAN, ICAN2019 AND A NEW ALTERNATIVE FOR 2019

In a press conference held a few days back, the hitherto electorally irrelevant Swaraj India party seems to have made an offbeat yet refreshing announcement. Announcing a campaign called ICAN-2019(Indian Citizens Action for Nation- 2019, Yogendra Yadav called for constructive agenda-setting for the 2019 elections in stark contrast to the mandi-masjid and blame game politics […]

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Minister Rathore: Please don’t snoop about my Facebook page

In a notification dated April 15th, 2018 the Information & Broadcasting Ministry invited Request for Proposals(tenders) for a Social-media Communications Hub. The social media communications hub among other things, provides for the creation of devoted data analytics team, which would collect and analyse information on the social media about various ‘influencers’ and ‘people who create […]

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Taxi Tehran(2015): A movie review

What can a taxi ride in an alien country really tell you? Not much perhaps, unless you take it with Jafar Panahi, the unconventional taxi-driver on the streets of Tehran, a critically acclaimed filmmaker, who has ceaselessly challenged the norm and made movies which sometimes show the Iranian government in bad light. He does it […]

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