“Paavam, kozhandhai, let her touch and play” – Benazir

When I was 8 or 9 years old, one of my neighbours took to me to the house of another neighbor during navratri when brahmin households keep golu (figurines arranged over a step-like apparatus). The hosts were traditional brahmins who lived in a grand house, the uncle – who would have been around 50 then, was tall, dignified with a booming voice and his wife … Continue reading “Paavam, kozhandhai, let her touch and play” – Benazir

Religious imperialism at the heart of a plural society – Garga Chatterjee

In the competition to match a city like Riyadh in free-thinking, pluralism and culture, Mumbai raced past Kolkata by threatening MF Husain and disrupting the exhibition of his paintings of goddesses. Kolkata struck back by expelling Taslima Nasreen, giving in to the threats by some angry Muslims. In a classic ‘one-two combo’, Kolkata thereafter successfully kept Salman Rushdie out of its limits. But recently Mumbai … Continue reading Religious imperialism at the heart of a plural society – Garga Chatterjee