यह देश है कि भीड़? – कविता

भीड़ के ख़तरों को तुम नहीं जानते भीड़ सुनती है सिर्फ लाउडस्पीकर को भीड़ सच नहीं सुनती भीड़ सुन नहीं सकती कैसे सुन सकता है कोई साफ-साफ किसी शोर को भीड़ आती है किसी बांध के टूटने के सैलाब सी भीड़ विपदा होती है जो गिर पड़ती है मनुष्यता पर जिसे रोका जा सकता है सिर्फ मनुष्य हो कर भीड़ बड़ी कारगर है मंदिरों-मस्जिदों-गिरजों-गुरुद्वारों में … Continue reading यह देश है कि भीड़? – कविता

जनसंहार के मामलों पर उदासीनता हमारी राष्ट्रीय संस्कृति हो गई है – तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ (साक्षात्कार)

कुछ लोग तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ को बीजेपी की आंख का कांटा मानते हैं; कुछ एक ऐसी असुविधा, जो किसी भी तरह 2002 के गुजरात दंगों को भूलने नहीं देंगी। और कई लोग भी हैं, जो उनको एक निडर सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता मानते हैं, जो लगातार न्याय और धर्मनिरपेक्षता के मोर्चे पर डटी हैं। लेकिन तथ्य यह है कि आज गुजरात दंगों, उसके पीड़ितो और उसके पीछे की … Continue reading जनसंहार के मामलों पर उदासीनता हमारी राष्ट्रीय संस्कृति हो गई है – तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ (साक्षात्कार)

Painful Path to Justice: Travails of Zakia Jafri – Ram Puniyani

The metropolitan court on 26th December 2013 exonerated Narendra Modi and 59 others for their complicity in the Gujarat carnage. Fully accepting the report of SIT (Special Investigation Team) the court endorsed the view of Modi and Government about their role in the carnage. The Court rejected a petition seeking the prosecution of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 communal riots case. There were … Continue reading Painful Path to Justice: Travails of Zakia Jafri – Ram Puniyani

Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed That Most People Won’t Talk About

By AVIVA SHEN AND JUDD LEGUM, ThinkProgess.com, In the desire to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life — an iconic figure who triumphed over South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime — it’s tempting to homogenize his views into something everyone can support. This is not, however, an accurate representation of the man. Mandela was a political activist and agitator. He did not shy away from controversy and he … Continue reading Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed That Most People Won’t Talk About

Wrong on part of India’s right to use Patel: Shyam Benegal

NEW DELHI: Film director Shyam Benegal says historical narrative is never still but constantly telescoped by hindsight and contemporary conditions but, “there is however, no debate on Sardar Patel, his position was very clear on every major ideological and economic issue, and is best illustrated in Rajmohan Gandhi’s biography of him.” The veteran director was principal advisor to director Ketan Mehta who helmed the biopic, … Continue reading Wrong on part of India’s right to use Patel: Shyam Benegal

Neither Narendra Modi nor Rahul Gandhi should be PM – Karan Thapar

If there’s one thing you expect of those who could be prime minister it’s a sense of judgement. Last week I realised that our two most likely candidates don’t seem to have it. Worse, they make a public spectacle of displaying their lack of judgement. It’s an ominous portent. Let’s start with Rahul Gandhi. I have no doubt his criticism of the government’s ordinance ‘protecting’ … Continue reading Neither Narendra Modi nor Rahul Gandhi should be PM – Karan Thapar

Why America and Israel Are the Greatest Threats to Peace- Noam Chomsky

It is not easy to escape from one’s skin, to see the world differently from the way it is presented to us day after day. But it is useful to try. Let’s take a few examples. The war drums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Imagine the situation to be reversed. Iran is carrying out a murderous and destructive low-level war against Israel with … Continue reading Why America and Israel Are the Greatest Threats to Peace- Noam Chomsky