Gujarat 2002: Modi Supported the VHP during the Riots to get Hindu Votes, says Former Home Secretary

Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up is a racy political memoir by Rana Ayub. In it she reminisces about her undercover reporting in Modi’s Gujarat in this book. Rana Ayyub, formerly with Tehelka, posed as  ‘Maithili Tyagi’, a USA-born filmmaker and interviewed key figures in the state, including senior police officers. Tehelka’s first such sting by Ashish Khetan, Operation Kalank, has been used as valuable evidence … Continue reading Gujarat 2002: Modi Supported the VHP during the Riots to get Hindu Votes, says Former Home Secretary

निशाने पर सहिष्णुता नहीं संविधान है ! – Pankaj Srivastava

    आमिर ने आख़िर क्या कहा, जो ऐसा हंगामा बरपा है? यही न, कि उनकी पत्नी ने हालात से तंग आकर उनसे देश छोड़ने की बात छेड़ी। कहा कि अख़बार देखकर डर लगता है। आमिर ने तो बस इसकी जानकारी दी, वह भी इसे ‘डिज़ास्टरस’ (विनाशकारी) बताते हुए । अगर दिक़्क़त है तो आमिर के नहीं उस किरण के बारे में सोचो जो उदास … Continue reading निशाने पर सहिष्णुता नहीं संविधान है ! – Pankaj Srivastava

P.M. Bhargava sends back Padma Bhushan award to President

Founder-director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) P.M. Bhargava has returned his Padma Bhushan to Presdient. This award has been very dear to me. My returning it to you, for whom I have much respect and admiration, is an expression of my concern at the currently prevailing socio-politico situation in the country, said Mr. Bhargava. Well-known scientist and founder-director of Centre for Cellular … Continue reading P.M. Bhargava sends back Padma Bhushan award to President

I am returning my Awards because I am deeply concerned and ashamed of what this government is doing to this country and to its own people – Pradip Kishen

I don’t work or perhaps even think as a film maker any more. But many years ago, someone in their folly or wisdom thought to give 2 of the films I made National Awards. Today, in solidarity with the students of the FTII who are being bullied and humiliated into accepting 3rd rate people to preside over their destinies, I wish to return these 2 … Continue reading I am returning my Awards because I am deeply concerned and ashamed of what this government is doing to this country and to its own people – Pradip Kishen

जला कर मारने, गोली से उड़ा देने या नरसंहार के लिए ‘असहिष्‍णुता’ (इनटोलरेंस) सही शब्‍द नहीं है – अरुंधति राय

हालांकि, मैं नहीं मानती कि कोई अवॉर्ड हमारे काम को आंकने का सही पैमाना है। मैं लौटाए गए अवॉर्ड्स की सूची में 1989 में प्राप्‍त नेशनल अवॉर्ड (बेस्‍ट स्‍क्रीनप्‍ले के लिए) को भी शामिल करती हूं। मैं यह साफ कर देना चाहती हूं कि मैं यह अवॉर्ड इसलिए नहीं लौटा रही क्‍योंकि मैं उस बात से आहत हूं जिसे ‘बढ़ती कट्टरता’ कहा जा रहा है … Continue reading जला कर मारने, गोली से उड़ा देने या नरसंहार के लिए ‘असहिष्‍णुता’ (इनटोलरेंस) सही शब्‍द नहीं है – अरुंधति राय

My Name Is Khan and I stand for secular India – Faridoon Shahryar

“We will never be a superpower if we are not going to believe that all religions are equal,” said Shah Rukh Khan in a television interview a day before his 50th birthday. This pertinent sentiment has been quoted by an editorial in ‘The New York Times’ on November 3 to elaborate on the point that why intolerance in India ought to be checked at the … Continue reading My Name Is Khan and I stand for secular India – Faridoon Shahryar

Why I returned my National Film Award: An open letter to the President of India – Rakesh Sharma

Mananiya Rashtrapatiji, Some weeks ago, many of us – national film award winners – had written to you on behalf of the film-making community, urging your direct intervention. We never had the courtesy of even an acknowledgement, let alone a considered response either from your office, or from the Government of India, to whom you presumably forwarded our letter. Since then, the climate of fear … Continue reading Why I returned my National Film Award: An open letter to the President of India – Rakesh Sharma