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Javed Akhtar explains why objecting to Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhenge’ is laughable

‘Calling Faiz poem anti-Hindu absurd’ New Delhi: Poet Javed Akhtar and renowned Urdu theorist Gopichand Narang have questioned and countered the view that a poem by the renowned sub–continent Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz is anti-Hindu in nature. Narang said… Continue Reading →

Indian Army Chief Asserts Homosexuality Is Not Allowed In The Forces & We Can’t Understand Why

Robin Wood Even though 2018 was marked as the year of love when the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality and made it possible for everyone to chose and live by the sexual orientation of their choice, we still have archaic waves… Continue Reading →

Arundhati Roy on censorship, storytelling, and her problem with the term ‘postcolonialism.’

GLOBAL JUSTICE How to Think About Empire Boston Review speaks with Arundhati Roy on censorship, storytelling, and her problem with the term ‘postcolonialism.’ ARUNDHATI ROY, AVNI SEJPAL In her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017), Arundhati Roy asks, “What is the acceptable… Continue Reading →

‘If the voice of the Fourth Estate is stifled … India will become a Nazi state’

Rachna Burman The Madras High Court has, last month, made a strong case in favour of freedom of the press and media, noting that unless functions of the Fourth Estate are safeguarded, India may well become a Nazi State. Justice… Continue Reading →

Police Continue To Make Arrests Using ‘Unconstitutional’ Section 66A of IT Act, Struck Down By SC 3 Years Ago

Charu Bahri December 3, 2018 Mount Abu: On March 20, 2017, the Uttarakhand High Court accorded the status of living human entity to the rivers Ganga and Yamuna. The same day, Zakir Ali Tyagi, an 18-year-old from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh posted… Continue Reading →

Sarkar controversy: Madras HC acceding to AIADMK’s demands will be a blow to #FOE

Gita Aravamudan Movies these days always seem to end up “hurting the sentiments” of one group or another. And the Tamil film Sarkar was no exception. This time it was the followers of the ruling AIADMK who got upset because they felt… Continue Reading →

TM Krishna concert organisers face threat #FOE

View on page twitter facebook   Mysuru: Organisers of a TM Krishna event in the city have received threats against hosting the Carnatic vocalist to uphold “dharma” and the honour of “shastriya” music. Krishna, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, has received… Continue Reading →

Threatened, young Bangladeshi blogger forced to flee to Kolkata #FOE

  Kolkata: At 21, Md Sazzadul Hoque seems to have been abandoned by everybody he ever cared for. His family, in Bangladesh’s Chittagong, has stopped supporting him and Hoque has been expelled from his college in Dhaka. For the last one-and-a-half years,… Continue Reading →

Who will speak truth to unfreedom?

Neera Chandhoke The latest effort to control research and prevent academics from protesting will kill the spirit of critical inquiry It is time to re-read the politically charged play, The House of Bernarda Alba, (1936) by Federico García Lorca. After their… Continue Reading →

India-The most undeserving man is on his way to becoming a free speech martyr

SHIVAM VIJ   The Right-wing’s use of draconian anti-free speech laws comes home to roost. It is outrageous that one Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, a freelance writer, has been arrested by Odisha police for ‘hurting’ Odiya pride. According to his lawyer, this… Continue Reading →

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