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PK and Hinduism

PK and Hinduism

Some sections of the Hindutva groups are protesting that P.K. is ridiculing Hindu gods and Hindu belief systems and, in the process, hurting their religious sentiments. Therefore, they claim, the film must be banned. Many of these groups are actually shadow organisations of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the umbrella organisation of all the Hindutva […]

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

In one of the dark days of independent India, a culturally rich and diverse country, yesterday, the Supreme Court set aside the earlier High Court verdict and made homosexuality a criminal offence. In one stroke of pen, India was sent reeling down to the Victorian era when homophobia was at its height. The archaic Section […]

For Islam and the Umma

For Islam and the Umma

Dear Adnan Rasheed It was heart-warming to see you writing to Malala, especially in English. In this day and age when even the political leaders in India blame English for destroying our culture, you have dared writing in the Satan’s language. I don’t know what prompted you to write in that language. Did you want […]

Viswaroopam

Viswaroopam

[Cast: Kamal Hassan, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekar Kapoor; Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy; Direction: Kamal Hassan] Viswaroopam is a very good film. Looks like Kamal Hassan has been preparing for this kind of film for a long time. Make no mistake, he is one of the best script writers in India. His greatest […]

Freedom and Hypocrisy

Freedom and Hypocrisy

In many art galleries in London, including the famed Tate Modern, you can see art that intentionally confounds you, even aggravates you. Some are downright silly and some are plain offensive. The notes next to these works encourage the viewer to question the premise of art. What is art? What is the role of art […]

Lieven’s Hard Country

Lieven’s Hard Country

Anatol Lieven’s ‘Pakistan – A Hard Country’ is a hard book. Not least because it is difficult to read or it is about Pakistan, but because it is so detailed that it is mind-spinning. On the other hand, he makes sure that, once you finished the last page, you wouldn’t need to read another book […]