When it's the thought that counts, but not in a good way Business Standard, 6 days ago
Dana Majhi's walk home is a shrivelling indictment of our humanity and of our priorities, says Mitali Saran.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com A tribal man in Odisha started walking from a hospital, where his wife had died, towards their village 60-odd km away, carrying her corpse on his shoulders. This wasn't their tribal custom. It wasn't a protest. He wasn't making a point. He simply had no other way of bringing the body home. He didn't have the wherewithal to negotiate with the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'That's the stunning achievement of two-and-a-half years of this government -- a political bait-and-switch, selling a promise of economic development, and delivering a triumphalist machine that sacralises country, nationalism, majoritarianism and tradition, to achieve Hindutva goals,' says Mitali Saran. On a recent television debate, actor Om Puri stuck up for Pakistani actors working in Bollywood, and said that nobody forces soldiers to sign up to the army. The ensuing tide of vitriol caused ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Ashoka University embroiled in free speech debate: Two staff members quit after signing petition on Kashmir
Another university campus, touted to be a bastion of "liberal education" that lets its students "think critically about issues from multiple perspective", is making news for reportedly stifling free speech. According to a report in The Indian ...Firstpost.com, 2 weeks ago
'Sakshi Malik's medal is her individual and singular accomplishment.''So is P V Sindhu's badminton medal.''So is Dipa Karmakar's loss-by-a-whisker.''So is the surprise that is 18-year-old golfer Aditi Ashok,' says Mitali Saran. IMAGE: The Magnificent P V Sindhu, Olympic Silver Medalist! Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI In boarding school, a friend of mine sneered that the most active thing he'd ever seen me do was sneeze. It's true that I spent most of our games periods hiding behind a curtain in my ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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