Day: December 26, 2018

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The Poetics Of Statues

The Poetics Of Statues Men construct huge structures, make endowments, inscribe their names on monuments, create memorials, demonstrate their authority with seals imprinted with their images, consecrate statues and there by long for permanence.  One such urge of the erstwhile kings, conquerors and military generals is reflected in the statues they themselves got erected or…

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A Shocking And Disappointing Judgement

A Shocking And Disappointing Judgement The judgement of the Supreme Court dismissing our petition seeking an independent court monitored investigation into the Rafale deal is as shocking as it is disappointing. We had gone to court after making a detailed complaint to the CBI pointing out the following:   The Prime Minister signed an agreement…

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On International Human Rights Day

On International Human Rights Day Not often does good news come on International Human Rights Day—December 10. It is mostly a somber occasion, a day to reflect on the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and a day to bemoan the gap between those values and our reality. Little of the high-minded…

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Understanding Interfaith Dialogue: A Few Critical Questions

Understanding Interfaith Dialogue: A Few Critical Questions The issue of constructing a temple of Lord Ram on the disputed site where the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya once stood and was demolished in 1992 is once again hitting the headlines. The construction of the temple is being touted as an article of faith and the litmus…

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Why Gandhi and Marx Are More Relevant Now Than Ever Before

Why Gandhi and Marx Are More Relevant Now Than Ever Before The 150th birth anniversary year of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx went by this year. Such anniversaries can become occasions of tokenism—for instance, the Indian government has set up a committee with more than 100 members to coordinate…

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Turned Out You Were Just Like Us

Turned Out You Were Just Like Us (Pakistani poet, human-rights activist and feminist, Fahmida Riaz, passed away at the age of 72 on November 22, 2018. We are publishing below the English translation of one of her oft-quoted nazms, “Tum bilkul hum jaise nikle”.)   So it turned out you were just like us! Where…

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Mexico: President AMLO’s Inaugural Speech Offers ‘New Hope’

Mexico: President AMLO’s Inaugural Speech Offers ‘New Hope’ After receiving the presidential sash in the Mexican National Congress on December 1, President Lopez Obrador gave a speech outlining an ambitious and encouraging government plan, based on bids to slash corruption, overturn neoliberalism and make important public investments.   AMLO started his speech by thanking outgoing…