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Freedom Issue 2017: Editor’s Note

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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Movie Review

Open defecation is a serious health and civic problem in our dear beloved country, and all means of propaganda to spread awareness of how damaging it is to community welfare, are being used. Hindi…

A Movement Revisited

The revisiting of history keeps happening. There are a couple of reasons why one revisits history time and again. One reason, of course, is that we get newer information as time passes. When we…

Gandhi on My Canvas

“In 1997, when India was celebrating 50 years of independence, we were all happy and joyous about Free India, and at the same time very sad, thinking about the communal violence and intolerance…

Freedom Issue 2017: Editor’s Note

When nations celebrate their birthdays, the moment is marked by simulations and resolutions that make the past a struggle, the present an opportunity and the future a fable. It’s when the…

Dispatches from History

NO MATTER HOW OBJECTIVE any effort to look at the past may be, there is at least one crucial way in which history shall always be an art: the significance of what’s left of it lies in the eyes of the…

The Other Mutiny: 1946 Naval Rebellion

History, they say, is written by the victors. There are moments in time, however, when it becomes difficult to isolate the winners from the vanquished. Judged through a contemporary (and Indian) lens…

The Past is a Divided Country

‘It was five thousand years ago. In Mohenjo-daro the morning opened like a sleepy lotus flower at the touch of the sun. And the cocks crowed shrill praise to the Giver of light. Men and Women and…

Partition: Lives Apart

The two-way religious displacement between India and Pakistan from mid-1947 had a predictable quality to it. Millions of Muslims crossed from India into West and East Pakistan; Hindus and Sikhs in…

Was Partition Inevitable?

Though the Congress movement was dominated by lawyers, its writers were always more influential. Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru can claim to have written modern India into being. Hind Swaraj (…

Punjab: Seeds of Secession

SEPTEMBER 1981 WAS an unusual month in Punjab. It was the month when the writ of government finally broke down. In the middle of it, an obscure preacher who had engaged in a provocative display of…