With apologies to Anwar, Muin Bhai and Yasmin Auntie- Rukmini Sen

6th December, 1992. Lucknow   The Sengupta family on the first floor were jumping with joy. Kaku (uncle) had victoriously announced that the Masjid had been broken. I ran down the stairs straight into our living room (which was sometimes our bedroom, sometimes the play room) and told Baba what I had heard. Baba was looking for candles. He paused and guffawed- “Tomaar Kaku Shopno … Continue reading With apologies to Anwar, Muin Bhai and Yasmin Auntie- Rukmini Sen

The Day It All Came Down – Sehba Imam

I was such an idealist in 1992, that you could call me a dumb idiot. My friend Vismita and I were hired to conduct film making workshops for teenage girls in a village. We were giving our hearts and souls to our work. We were changing the gender dynamics in the world, one teenage girl at a time. After an exhausting day at Meethapur village, … Continue reading The Day It All Came Down – Sehba Imam

बच्चा-बच्चा राम का, जन्मभूमि के काम का – Mayank Saxena

बच्चा-बच्चा राम का, जन्मभूमि के काम का ये नारा लगाने वालों के बच्चे कॉन्वेंट में पढ़ रहे हैं…न कि शिशु मंदिर में…जिनके बड़े हो गए, वे स्वयंसेवक या कारसेवक नहीं हैं…आईटी कम्पनियों में हैं…विदेश में हैं…हिंदी और संस्कृत नहीं, अंग्रेज़ी बोलते हैं…धोती नहीं, स्मार्ट केसुअल्स पहनते हैं…और माता-पिता के पैर तो सुबह उठ कर नहीं ही छूते हैं… तय मानिए, वह न राम के हैं, … Continue reading बच्चा-बच्चा राम का, जन्मभूमि के काम का – Mayank Saxena