Cow vigilantism, deconstructed: What Gau Premi, a new documentary, found by trailing a group of 'rakshaks' in Gujarat
Gau Premi, shot in Gujarat’s Rajkot, captures how cow vigilantes prowl the streets at night in coordinated attempts to catch ‘smugglers’. They see themselves as eradicating a societal “disease”.
Danish Sait, a voice of the lockdown: Comedian-actor on his alter egos, developing a unique style and responding to critics
For his videos which satirise the conversations people are having during the lockdown, Danish Sait employs a number of personas and draws heavily on the vocabulary and obsessions of Bengaluru's residents. He also makes ingenuous – if sometimes bizarre – use of props, from cloth bags to his pet cat
Bereavement, grief and mourning are complicated experiences. The pandemic has made them tougher to navigate
Though death has assumed a sort of omnipresence during the pandemic, we operate on the hope and belief that we will not be touched by it. The passing of a loved one undoes this hope.
In Sindhustan, Sapna Bhavnani interviews people from the Sindhi community, and turned their stories into tattoos on her legs, thus becoming a human map of Partition.
In a more well-adjusted world, we would not expect ourselves to be constantly productive during a pandemic. But our world is dysfunctional at best, and we need reminders about how we’re not working from home but rather "at home during a crisis, trying to work", to stop feeling disappointed in ourselves
With a 'Legal Cell' on Twitter, Ungender aids women seeking information about workplace laws, harassment redressal
Ungender, an organisation that has been working on the implementation of the anti-sexual harassment act and other gender-centric laws at the workplace, is offering counselling on its Twitter account. Managing partner Pallavi Pareek outlines the ways in which women are discriminated against at the workplace, and why top leadership should be more empathetic to those who raise complaints
Lovely Villa, a housing complex in Mumbai built by architect extraordinaire Charles Correa, was more than just a building. It was a microcosm of a secular nation, a notion of ideal living, and a repository of memories past and future for its residents. Rohan Shivkumar and Avijit Mukul Kishore's documentary on it looks at how it represented making order out of chaos, both in the political and personal sense.
Indian law invisibilises, discriminates against queer people; one project reimagines legislation to make it more inclusive
A project titled Queering The Law, by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, looks at the ways in which queer people can have better legal representation, in order to be able to better access the law and other civic institutions. It identifies laws that patently discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community, as well as ones that operate on the male-female binary, thereby invisibilising anyone whose identity does not fall within this binary
For a group of girls in Mumbra, playing football has helped challenge prevalent social attitudes. A documentary titled 'Under the Open Sky' depicts how these girls came to engage with the sport, the challenges they overcame, and what their reclaiming of public space means
Leadership vaccuum, economic oppression, demonisation pushed Indian Muslim into corner, ex-RS MP Mohammed Adeeb tells Firstpost
Over the course of this conversation with Firstpost, former Rajya Sabha MP Mohammed Adeeb explains how Uttar Pradesh turned into a communal battleground and why the Muslim community has little to no political representation in the state
What happens at a pro-CAA rally in Mumbai: Chants about VD Savarkar, incendiary slogans and praise for Delhi Police
It took me 30 minutes to find this pro-CAA gathering, which was scheduled to take place at Churchgate station, and was later shifted to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
K Satchidanandan on his raison d'être: 'A poet needs to take sides; I am with those who suffer injustice'
Poetry is like breathing, it is the way in which I respond to myself, to nature and to the world around, says K Satchidanandan. A prolific translator, he is of the opinion that translation, by virtue of being a kind of writing in itself, teaches one about the possibilities and limitations of language.
Pankaj Kapur’s Dopehri never ends: Actor discusses publishing his first book, taking Amma Bi's story to the stage
Two decades ago, actor Pankaj Kapur crafted an entire novella in all of four days. The central character was born the moment he put pen to page: her name would be Amma Bi, and she would live in an old Lucknow haveli. It begins its second life now as a novella published by HarperCollins and translated into English.
Dastangoi meets Gujarati literature in a new theatrical form that emphasises 'ras', challenges actors
Using the dastangoi format allows Gujarati thespians to explore those emotions — such as sorrow and anger — which cannot often be found in Gujarati theatre. Through it, they hope to raise awareness about lesser-known parts of the literary canon
One Child Nation review: A personal exploration of how China's infamous policy gained currency, its emotional toll
One Child Nation succeeds on two counts: It looks at the human cost of the one-child policy while portraying how the wounds resulting from it have barely healed, even as the Chinese government has moved on to a new kind of messaging — that of how two children are better than one, since the country has a shortage of young people now
Jio MAMI Mumbai film festival: Hany Abu-Assad on keeping Palestine alive through movies, the emptiness of 'art for art's sake'
Hany Abu-Assad doesn't want to be Palestine's interpreter for the world, he wants to make films that will make his people laugh and cry. In this conversation with Firstpost, he speaks about why he is attracted to love stories, his forays into Hollywood, and what makes a film good
Kolkata thespian Sudipto Chatterjee arrested after two women file FIRs against him, detailing rape, molestation
Before filing FIRs, the two women first posted their allegations against Sudipto Chatterjee on Facebook. Chatterjee will be produced in court on 19 October
Photographer Uma Bista’s project Our Songs from the Forest is a testament to how the menstrual taboo of chhaupadi continues to exist in Nepal. But she goes beyond its documentation, exploring the ways in which young women are rebelling against custom and how they find solace in the forest.
Rahul Mehrotra on how architecture is being divorced from social context, why we should revise definition of urbanity
In a masterclass at the India Culture Lab, Rahul Mehrotra held forth on the limited definition of urban in India, how architecture is being dictated more by aesthetics than utility and why we should build to foster empathy
We should celebrate when machines execute and take over dull, repetitive jobs, Toby Walsh says. In this conversation, he speaks about the inherent biases in algorithms, holding tech companies accountable and how the fear about losing jobs to machines is misplaced