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Nayantara Sahgal’s Speech She Wasn’t Allowed to Deliver

Nayantara Sahgal (91) is a renowned Indian writer, and winner of the 1986 Sahitya Akademi Award. She returned her award in October 2015, to protest the “growing intolerance” in the country and silence from institutions like the Sahitya Akademi. She was to inaugurate the 92nd Marathi Sahitya Sammelan on January 11, 2019, but the organisers…

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Rhythm of Resistance: When T.M. Krishna Did Sing

Rhythm of Resistance: When T.M. Krishna Did Sing On November 17, when people gathered at the Garden of Five Senses in Saket, it was not just for their love of music, but also in solidarity with a particular kind of politics. The evening was special and the performance important because T.M. Krishna was performing in…

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Statement Condemning Attack on Classical Musical Expression

Statement Condemning Attack on Classical Musical Expression A number of prominent artists and performers, former judges and bureaucrats, academicians, social activists, public intellectuals, journalists and other concerned citizens from various walks of life, have released a statement condemning the attacks on south Indian musicians for performing interfaith music at classical music concerts.   The full…

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Why NOT to celebrate Columbus Day

Why NOT to celebrate Columbus Day Columbus Day, which is celebrated on October 8 in the USA and honours the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the ‘New World’, is an example of outdated and misguided history. Rather than celebrate, it should be a day to mourn the destruction of an indigenous population which had lived…