The not-so-glittering stars in Parliament
As parties firm up their candidates in various constituencies, several celebrity names - new and old - are doing the rounds yet again. Shoma Chatterji looks at a few examples from the years gone by to question what we may really expect from these star-turned-politicians.
From one language to another: What’s at stake?
Indian cinema has, of late, witnessed high-decibel debates over the desirability of dubbing Hindi films into regional languages. But does dubbing really pose a threat to vernacular cinema? Shoma Chatterji explores.
Tales of the excluded
The recent judicial pronouncement criminalising homosexuality has created quite a furore, but in reality those with limited or no interaction with people of alternative sexual orientation have only a vague idea of their continuous struggle and challenges. Pushpa Achanta brings us two poignant narratives.
Soldiers, not servants
The army would like to point to low morale and push for higher pay. But as far as the troops are concerned, morale may have more to do with the
way they are treated by officers, and this is what needs changing, writes
'ART' OF RESISTANCE
Protests get creative in Kashmir
Forced, politicised moves to spread the message of peace and love through high profile cultural events may fall flat on the ground in Kashmir, but
the Valley is certainly witnessing newer, creative and artistic modes of resistance against issues of concern.
PROTEST AGAINST PIRACY
Death knell for music?
The recent closure of a landmark music store in the heart of Calcutta is symptomatic of the larger malaise afflicting the music industry.
Shoma A Chatterji
reports from a gathering of local luminaries to protest the rising menace of piracy in music.
RADIO, DOWN SOUTH
Unexpected sounds on Southern radio
One would think that Hindi and Kannada music would never play in Chennai on radio, and Bangalore because of its unique history would surely have Tamil and Telugu songs on air. And Hyderabad must have one Hindi station. Wrong, finds
The Great Indian South is one big surprise!
Theyyam revived: A step backward?
The ritualistic form of worship, once rejected as superstitious and irrational, witnesses a steady resurgence in Kerala. Is it because of a
strong wave of casteism, the interpolation of Hindu Brahminical philosophy or merely a yearning to go back to the roots?
Nileena M S
Imperious authoritarianism in the garb of modernity
Our deities can't be bullied into becoming soulless robotic creatures that yield to every new wave of political fashion.
Madhu Purnima Kishwar
wants protection from the new missionaries of uniformity.
Last 'woman' on stage
The era of female impersonators is nearly finished, but in its heyday many men made a good living posing as women, and Chapal Bhaduri
was among the best.
INTERVIEW: DAVID SHULMAN
Salvager of Indias dying temple heritage
"In the Varadaraja Swamy Temple in Kanchipuram, I saw with my own eyes, just a year ago, how the late 17th-century murals were literally disintegrating. As you watch, they are going. It has happened in temple after temple".
David Shulman talks to
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
Prayers answered: women enter Vaishnavite monastery
Ban on entry of women into places of worship comes out of deep-seated religious and cultural prejudices. However, a recent development in Western Assam's Barpeta district offers a ray of hope to those in search of justice, reports