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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Mrinal Pande

The writer is former chairperson, Prasar Bharati.

Goodbye Dilip Kumar, creator of our first dreams of love
Thu, Jul 08, 2021

Mrinal Pande writes: Dilip Kumar's films encapsulated the bits of us which remain important but to which we have the least access

Battle-scarred and prescient, Mamata Banerjee played to win
Tue, May 04, 2021

Mamata Banerjee recognised that in the land of the Mother Goddess, BJP’s fabled 56-inch male energy is irrational.

Jacinda Ardern’s career has created a more robust template for the New Political Woman in the 21st century
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Ardern’s success proves that democracies today need politicians, male or female, who can represent a host of races, castes and tribes that live together as a nation. Even as the incumbent PM facing elections, Ardern was able to keep her nation united in the fight against COVID-19.

At 70, PM Modi has come to represent the spirit of the times
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

You yourself have imbibed most of your deep insights into human nature, not at Oxford or Cambridge, but in India from your seasoned, kind and wise mentors of the Sangh Parivar.

Being free requires empowering yourself and helping others step out for change
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

Each generation of our women will need to tweak old freedoms and laws. But the young women today need to realise that they have inherited a well-documented past.

BHU agitation is proof that Hindutva has force-fed many with an atrophied concept of Hindu dharma
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

It is obvious that these students and their faceless instigators are not aware of the 1962 collection of the BHU founder’s speeches on the concept of dharma. The learned educationist says, again and again, that ultimately there is only one Supreme Being whom peoples following different religions worship under different names

That’s right, blame it on Hindi
Sat, Jul 20, 2019

Every language, culture has its history of oppression. But it is also in the infinite plurality of language that tensions of identity, of politics, are resolved.

In 2019, we need politics that does not dominate and bully women
Wed, Mar 13, 2019

Politics is one area where we have not come a long way. In 2019, we need to move beyond reflections about family relationships and motherhood and women’s inalienable duties to society.

Krishna Sobti: A gateway to Ganga-Jamuni vista
Sat, Jan 26, 2019

Krishna Sobti’s work exposes the horror of a segregationist regional jingoism.

Year of the farce
Tue, Jan 01, 2019

As Jawaharlal Nehru, much reviled by the BJP, and B R Ambedkar, well understood, progress in the world can at best be incremental. Only the willfully or otherwise ignorant will ignore that the history of nations’ progress is simultaneously the history of pain, murder, gross venality, slavery and cyclical horror.

Of Statues Big And Small
Fri, Dec 21, 2018

In history and scripture, UP CM will find little basis to build a giant statue of Lord Ram. Then the invaders arrived in waves through the Hindukush pass and the force of Islam collided with the immovable presence of the local faith. The post-10th century period saw a period of hot clashes and cold fusion.

Context for the gotra warriors
Thu, Dec 06, 2018

From its very inception, gotra has been a malleable category, often manipulated for social advancement.

Consent in a man’s world
Fri, Nov 09, 2018

The routines, stratagems, denials and traps in Indian workplaces still make easy mobility and maintaining dignity difficult even for the most talented young female journalists

Fight the good fight
Wed, Oct 10, 2018

Some moments in the life of a patriarchy provide points of confrontation — and also openings for change

A hug runs through it
Thu, Jul 26, 2018

The embrace in Parliament ushered spontaneity into stuffy corridors of power

Betraying Uttara
Tue, Jul 03, 2018

Uttarakhand teacher’s plea, response to it, reveal government’s attitude to educators.

Tunes of Dissent
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

The mind of an Indian artist who has always called out the wrong notes of a rigid, stratified classical music ecosystem

Lage raho, Naresh bhai
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

When men begin to lose power, they begin to lose control over their speech.

A deceit called autonomy
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Prasar Bharati Act vests authority, resources in the corporation. I&B ministry still owns all that it surveys

Who’s afraid of laughing women?
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

Renuka Chowdhury’s booming laughter enraged leaders in Parliament. That one merry female parliamentarian should be singled out for ridicule is not surprising.

The murder of Gauri Lankesh
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Once an Indian woman begins to discard English, turns down marriage and motherhood and then voluntarily accesses and fraternizes with vernacular-speaking people not of her own class, she becomes anathema as well as an irritant.

Invisible hands do dirty work
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Caste biases have instilled a disdain for all forms of manual work. From there, the dots can be connected to the lack of quality and safety in public works and services.

A connoisseur of the arts
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Shanta Sarabjit Singh sought the enduring in a fast-changing nation

The invisible women farmers
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Agriculture cannot survive without them. But they are invisible in the current conversation on the agrarian crisis

Here be Hills, Forests and Little Folk
Sat, May 06, 2017

A sombre chronicle of the steady erasure of local histories and loss of a rich ecosystem that began in colonial times and continues