Freedom & Censorship

The Right To Revere

The Right To Revere

‘The story of the past life of the Scheduled Caste Hindus was pitch dark…It was for the first time in the history of the past twenty-five years that the sun of a better future arose on their horizon,’ thus writes Dhanajay Keer, in his biography of Ambedkar. ‘Before (his rise, Dalits) were treated worse than […]

That Nasty Thing Called Freedom

That Nasty Thing Called Freedom

Should Salman Rushdie be allowed to visit India? Of course not. Rushdie had insulted the Prophet and blasphemed Islam and therefore he has no place in India. Remember we didn’t allow M F Husain to live in his country? But don’t mistake us. We are a people who love freedom of expression. But this freedom […]

Maqbool Fida Husain

I’m not a connoisseur of art. I can call myself an fledgling art-enthusiast, someone who has peripheral but keen interest in art. With that meagre qualification, I can proclaim that I’m a fan of M F Husain. I have a print of one of his horse series paintings. Obviously a print as I can’t afford […]

Anbumani Ramadoss

Recently Anbumani Ramadoss has commented that it is about time India recognised its gay population. Responding on the grim reality of AIDS in India, he has emphatically spoke in favour of scrapping Section 377 of Indian Penal Code that effectively makes alternative sexuality a crime, and also sympathised with homosexual men and transgender community. Coming […]

To protect what you hate

‘We have been called as the land of KAMA SUTRA, then why is it in this land we shy away from its very name? Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and so does obscenity’ ‘Ancient art has never been devoid of eroticism where sex worship and graphical representation of the union between man […]

Oh, Taslima

This blog, keeping with my track record, comes a week late. Earlier, the e-learning projects exhausted me and prevented me from keeping my blog up to date. Now my assignments are keeping me too busy to do the same. Excuses aside, here I am. This time, taking up the cause of Taslima Nasrin. Here’s an […]

Back to bothering

It’s been quite a while since I did anything here. I don’t think many missed me. Fact is, I had been incredibly busy and even missing quite a few lunches and breakfasts. Now that there is a proverbial light at the end of the much cliched tunnel, I’m back. Not in the signature Arnold style. […]

One bad news

Couple of weeks back, the Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi decided to view The Da Vinci Code along with a few Christian representatives to decide whether it’s fit for Indian public’s consumption. Of all, the Censor Board was aghast at this move and the board chairman bitterly remarked it as a ‘bad’ […]