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RT @sandrembi: Lesbian couple from Gujarat who've settled in US gets IVF done in India to start a family. Take that Sec 377 !
RT @SashaDugdale: Finished @MPTmagazine #thesingingofthescythe focus WWI poetry, but not as you know it. Punjabi folksongs, Rebora, Zuckmayer, concrete poems.
RT @_AnupamSingh: The 1st 'Sunil Memorial Lecture' will be delivered by Shekhar Pathak on Nov 7, 2014 at SSS Auditorium, JNU at 5:30PM.
the Free Software movement was one based on an ethical imperative. “Open Source” is a similar idea, stripped of ethics, and re-packaged so that companies benefit, not users. I have participated in open source because it’s a good way to change the world, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand that many other people have made a ton of money off of... -
What’s important is not whether the critic liked the film or disliked it (based on your perception of his review). What’s important is not whether his thumb is up or down or pointing north by northwest. What’s important is what the critic has to say. This isn’t an evaluative profession but an analytical one, even a forensic one. Put differently, a... -
So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity... -
Some commentators have compared India to the United States, in that both are large, ecologically diverse, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious democracies. This may have been somewhat true in the twentieth century, but Dasgupta persuasively argues that the India now emerging may perhaps have more similarities to Russia. Both countries have moved from... -
Fanon, a student of Césaire, was to turn the Marxist schema upside down, almost as profoundly as Marx had done with Friedrich Hegel. Fanon argued that in colonial settings, “Marxist analysis should always be slightly stretched” because, he argued, “the economic substructure is also a superstructure. The cause is the consequence; you are rich... -
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!
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