Books of the week: From Arundhati Roy’s Azadi to a translation of Unni R's The Cock is the Culprit, our picks
Our weekly roundup of books that should be on your radar.
Azadi Records embraces greater digital presence by amping up online release of their music in lockdown
To adapt to changing times during a pandemic, Indian independent label Azadi Records has taken to releasing their music online, anticipating several months before the world reopens to live gigs.
2019 in music streaming: Luka Chuppi, Kabir Singh emerge as biggest Indian albums, Old Town Road dominates US, UK charts
For all the talk at conferences about non-film music staking its claim in the hearts of Indian listeners, the year-end streaming charts are dominated by Bollywood, and to some extent, English-language hits. Perhaps 'Duniyaa' is the default No. 1 song of the year, and its parent soundtrack Luka Chuppi the joint biggest album of 2019 along with the Kabir Singh OST.
After Brexit: Growth of global secessionist voices calls for more dialogue and less 'anti-national' slander
Interestingly unlike the Indian government, most of its global counterparts – opposed as many of them are to secessionist forces – do not view the demand for independence as a marker of anti-national sentiment.
ShutUp, a short film addresses the threats to freedom of expression, stressing on the refusal to listen to the other side as the biggest threat to the right
On 4 March 2017, students and faculty from both DU and JNU walked down the high streets of central Delhi in opposition to ABVP’s hooliganism and in solidarity with those who came under attack in Ramjas.
If what the SC had said mattered, then senior ministers of the Union government wouldn’t be using the term 'seditious' to characterise everyone who call for the independence of Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland, Manipur or anything
Ramjas clash: Blocking DU students' right to protest stigmatises democratic credentials of BJP, ABVP
The statements by several BJP leaders including Arun Jaitley that students must limit activities to classrooms goes against the basic tenets of a university and political history of the ruling party at the centre
With the situation in Kashmir turning worse day after day, it is now the fear of arrests and "excesses" committed by the forces that is fueling the unrest here.
Congress on Sunday came under fire from top ministers in the Modi government for "sympathising with supporters of terrorists", a day after Karnataka Home Minister gave a "clean chit" to Amnesty International over an event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
Following the conclusion of a month-long series of lectures on "nationalism," the teachers of JNU have now decided to hold a string of presentations on "azadi"
Kanhaiya Kumar has democratized azadi. It will now forevermore be another impotent war cry in the arsenal of the subsidized Indian revolutionary
Many Kashmiris who espouse 'azadi' are as conservative and anti-'Communist' as right-wing 'nationalists'
Kanhaiya Kumar’s 11 February slogans about `azadi’ from hunger, exploitation, `Manuwad,’ etc. appears to have upset some Kashmiri `azadistas'
When the government is being largely unsuccessful in derailing mass-movements, their social media counterparts are busy trending irrelevancy. If this is what the trends look like, I would rather not follow what's trending!
Is India doing an Israel in Kashmir? Some pseudo-Leftists seem to think so. But they should know that India is fighting sectarian forces in Kashmir, and not just fighting for a piece of land there.