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  1. Kuldip Kaur: A Sketch by Manto
    28
    Mar

    Kuldip Kaur: A Sketch by Manto

    Here’s an extract from our edition of sketches by Saadat Hasan Manto, The Armchair Revolutionary and Other Sketches. About the translation, as noted in the book, Kalid Hasan, who translated it from Urdu, takes significant liberties with the original. He often loosely paraphrases Manto, leaves out entire portions of the sketches, and even adds the occasional sentence of his own. In many cases, the titles of the sketches are not Manto’s own. We chose not to alter or edit Hasan’s translatio..
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  2. Guru and Shishya: Habib Tanvir does a play with Janam
    27
    Mar

    Guru and Shishya: Habib Tanvir does a play with Janam

    On World Theatre Day, we decided to share an extract from Sudhanva Deshpande’s Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi. In it Sudhanva narrates how they made the play Moteram ka Satyagraha, a play about a gluttonous man chosen by the British to go on a hunger strike against the nationalist strike called by the Congress. In May 1988, a beaming Safdar walked in during a rehearsal to inform his Jana Natya Manch friends that Habib Tanvir had agreed to do a play with them. They decided to ..
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  3. श्रम पर हिंदुत्व का हमला
    26
    Mar

    श्रम पर हिंदुत्व का हमला

    हो सकता है हिंदुत्व का झंडा लहराने वाले ज़्यादातर लोग देश की उन्नति ही चाहते हों। शायद उन्हें लगता है कि हिंदुत्व से जन्मे समाज में गौरव और स्वाभिमान के भाव हमें उस उन्नति की ओर ले जाएंगे जो दश..
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  4. To See the Dawn: Women and Communism
    25
    Mar

    To See the Dawn: Women and Communism

    The protests at Shaheen Bagh (stalled for now, to help contain the spread of COVID-19), were essentially led by women. They were there to challenge not just an illegal legislation, but a world that all but literally keeps them shackled, that tells them their place at home and outside – if allowed to venture there. If you think that you’ve broken free from such a mindset – especially if you aren’t a woman – by virtue of being ‘liberal’, ‘progressive’, or even ‘socialist’, th..
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  5. How Modi pipped Advani for the ‘Pradhan Sevak’ prize
    24
    Mar

    How Modi pipped Advani for the ‘Pradhan Sevak’ prize

    It is hard to have escaped the mania our fellow citizens seemed to have been gripped by recently, on the first of the so-called Janata Curfews. Those impressed by Narendra Modi’s ‘humble’ words being heeded by millions could do well to ask why the man chose not to use his popularity to stem the ‘riots’ that rattled the capital this year. The answer, for those not blinded by chauvinism, is rather simple – he’s a product of an organisation that wants a man just like him as our prime ..
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