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

Why I am returning my award – Arundhati Roy

Although I do not believe that awards are a measure of the work we do, I would like to add the National Award for Best Screenplay that I won in 1989 to the growing pile of returned awards. Also, I want to make it clear that I am not returning this award because I am “shocked” by what is being called the “growing intolerance” being fostered by … Continue reading Why I am returning my award – Arundhati Roy

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

This one’s for dad – Parvez Imam

When my father passed away last week, my younger sister was with him. The hospital formalities required filling up various forms. A column for the death certificate requires the religion of the deceased. My sister did not hesitate even for a moment to scribble ‘Humanity’. The hospital staff was confused but she insisted and they had to accept it. My other siblings and I loved … Continue reading This one’s for dad – Parvez Imam

BJP leader was wrong- Shah Rukh did speak up during 26/11

NEW DELHI:  Where was Shahrukh Khan when 26/11 happened asked Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tweeter on the 4th of November 2015. Mr Vijatvargiya has drawn strong criticism from his own party and others for his attack on Shah Rukh Khan over the film star’s comments on religious intolerance. “Shah Rukh Khan lives in India, but his heart is in Pakistan. His films make crores … Continue reading BJP leader was wrong- Shah Rukh did speak up during 26/11

मैं कहीं नहीं जाने वाला। मेरे पिता आजादी के लिए लड़े हैं। उन्होंने जो मुझे दिया, वह मैं किसी को नहीं दे सकता – शाहरुख खान

मुंबई: अभिनेता शाहरुख खान सोमवार को 50 साल के हो गए। इस मौके पर उन्होंने कई इंटरव्यू दिए। विवादित सवालों पर भी खुलकर बोले।  शाहरुख से अलग-अलग बातचीत के मुख्य अंश… धर्म को लेकर मेरे बच्चे हमेशा कन्फ्यूज रहते हैं मेरे घर में हर कोई अपना-अपना धर्म मानने को आजाद है। मेरे बच्चे असमंजस में रहते हैं कि वे हिंदू हैं या मुस्लिम। मैं पूछता … Continue reading मैं कहीं नहीं जाने वाला। मेरे पिता आजादी के लिए लड़े हैं। उन्होंने जो मुझे दिया, वह मैं किसी को नहीं दे सकता – शाहरुख खान

Make FTII free of political influence, says Dibakar Banerjee

What prompted you, and the other filmmakers, to return your National Awards? We were hoping that someone would hear us, see the logic of the students’ protest, and then act on it constructively. Why did you take so long to join the agitation? If it (the act of returning the awards) was done earlier, someone would have said, “Why now?” Just like someone could say, … Continue reading Make FTII free of political influence, says Dibakar Banerjee

Teesta Setalvad’s Speech at Pratirodh, Protest of Writers at the Mavlankar Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi

November 1 2015 We are at an interesting point, cross roads of a sort. Protests against the over-arching sanction to hoolaganism and violence, against the violent targeting of already targeted and vulnerable sections of Indians, against the fundamental and Constitutional Right to critique and offend, are not just being reviled but curtailed. That these protests have come from a vast body of Indians, from different … Continue reading Teesta Setalvad’s Speech at Pratirodh, Protest of Writers at the Mavlankar Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi