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Allende, who took office in November of 1970, had swiftly nationalized the country’s key industries, and he promised “worker participation” in the planning process. Beer’s mission was to deliver a hypermodern information system that would make this possible, and so bring socialism into the computer age. The system he devised had a gleaming, sci-fi... -
In the decade preceding the consolidation of All India Radio (circa 1936), there was an alternative model for broadcasting in India. It rejected the premise that there was a national audience, a national culture, or a national politics, or that radio’s key function was to create them. In these negations of broadcasting’s nation-statist... -
This wouldn’t have been so bad had the mills functioned like the meritocracy they implicitly claimed to be—that is, if they had combined equal employment opportunity with such performance-based rewards as a bigger house. But the mills were nothing like a meritocracy. They didn’t practice equal opportunity hiring. Instead, caste nepotism ruled. The... -
agar hindustani batwaare ke waqt bhi refrendum hota toh kya hota?
If Adorno were to look upon the cultural landscape of the twenty-first century, he might take grim satisfaction in seeing his fondest fears realized. The pop hegemony is all but complete, its superstars dominating the media and wielding the economic might of tycoons. They live full time in the unreal realm of the mega-rich, yet they hide behind a... -
In 1962–63, when I (Kanshiram) got the opportunity to read Ambedkar’s book Annihilation of Caste I also felt that it was perhaps possible to eradicate casteism from society. But later, when I studied the caste system and its behaviour in depth, there was a gradual modification in my thoughts. I have not only gained knowledge about caste from the... -
dhrupad: Anhey Gorhey Da Daan, Alms For a Blind Horse (2011) -
Anhey Gorhey Da Daan, Alms For a Blind Horse (2011)
Enlightened nations aren’t necessarily the ones where people are born with a deeper love of civil liberties. Enlightened nations tend to be the ones that can afford enlightenment, thanks to a certain level of affluence and security. And they got there, often enough, with a legacy of brute force and racial injustice. -
"Perhaps the first instance of aerial bombing in the subcontinent took place in Punjab in April 1919,..."
Perhaps the first instance of aerial bombing in the subcontinent took place in Punjab in April 1919, when the British attempted to crush demonstrations against draconian detention laws promulgated by the Rowlatt Act. A day after imperial troops opened fire on five thousand people in Jallianwalla Bagh, Amritsar, British planes dropped bombs on... -
RT @aniketalam: Erasing the ‘Ugly’ from ‘City Beautiful’ @daljitami Navpreet Kaur #slumdemolitions #Chandigarh @E_P_W Web Exclusives
'The accident that befell Sir Donald Friell McLeod' By a Punjab artist, c.1885. via @BL_VisualArts
RT @bintbattuta: Archive of Indian Music (digitised gramophone recordings)
वे डरते हैं कि, एक दिन, निहत्थे और ग़रीब लोग, उनसे डरना बंद कर देंगे ! - गोरख पाण्डे
RT @theFirstHandle: Bedil (Abdul-Qādir Bīdel); born in Patna; was pioneer in Persian poetry and Sufism in India. Ghalib was influenced by his unique style.
RT @theFirstHandle: तर्ज़े बेदिल में रेख्ता लिखना, असद-उल्ला खां क़यामत है. -असद-उल्ला खां 'ग़ालिब' *तर्ज़े बेदिल= style of Bedil (Persian poet) रेख्ता= Urdu
In a hospital in Ludhiana, Doctor is wearing a t shirt with hitler's photo and swastika symbol, with a tagline 'Psychic Killer'. Irony!
RT @AmmarRashidT: The story of slum demolition in the planned city of Chandigarh mirrors the same process in Islamabad. via @E_P_W
RT @anumayhem: @svaradarajan (:). still can't figure if it is dumbness, or brazenness
RT @svaradarajan: The curious case of the alphabetically accused (by @anumayhem) tells us the police can be as dumb as they are unjust
"When Palestinians are dependent on the political intervention of others—we are left looking to them, to the powerless, for hope? "
"How, I kept wondering, do Palestinians avoid sinking into despair? " - Geoff Dyer on 5 Broken Cameras
RT @salmaan_H: Priyamvada Gopal: India's forgotten solidarity with #Palestine
"Bela Tarr's average shot length is 178.3 secs, second longest is Tarkovesky with 40 secs" via @varungrover
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