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Review: What the Stories Tell Us

Review: What the Stories Tell UsThe Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told sheds light on the intellectual movements within a culture and the speakers of a language who were imaginative, rebellious and progressive, not enslaved to an identity. In the introduction, the translator Memom maps the world of Urdu literature. Credit: Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Everything that… Read More »

‘Black Panther’ Is Deadly for Its Rapturous Blend of Tech, Polity and Nativity

‘Black Panther’ Is Deadly for Its Rapturous Blend of Tech, Polity and NativityThe film characterises blackness as a stunning quality, like how a wilderness enthusiast might feel when she stumbles upon a black panther, a creature so dream-like it could almost be mythical A scene from ‘Black Panther’ (2018). Source: YouTube A black panther, like a… Read More »

The Changing Face of Sufism in South Asia

The Changing Face of Sufism in South AsiaSufi syncretic culture today in South Asia is overstated. While tolerance may have been an inherent trait, the Sufi institution has evolved in a manner that it may not be able to deliver on this count. Tomb or Shrine of the famous Sufi Saint Hazrat Baha-ud-din Zakariya in… Read More »

Want to Be a Journalist? The NIA Will Now Tell You How

Want to Be a Journalist? The NIA Will Now Tell You HowThe investigative agency has claimed that detained Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yusuf is not a ‘real journalist’ because he did not cover development projects. Kamran Yusuf. Credit: Twitter New Delhi: The National Investigative Agency’s chargesheet against Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yusuf has claimed that he is not… Read More »

Editorial: Mumbai’s Journalists Show the Way

Editorial: Mumbai’s Journalists Show the WayThe nine journalists who filed the petition challenging the media gag in the Sohrabuddin case acted to uphold a principle – and the victory is a vindication of the fundamental values of the profession. “The rights of the press are intrinsic with the constitutional right that guarantees freedom of expression.… Read More »