Habib Tanvir, Citizen of the World

Habib Tanvir, Citizen of the World

Sudhanva Deshpande Habib Tanvir as the Rajpurohit in his signature play, Charandas Chor, Modinagar, Rajasthan, October 2002. Photo by Sudhanva Deshpande. Habib Tanvir (1923-2009), India’s pre-eminent theatre personality, is inextricably linked with Naya Theatre, the theatre company he founded in 1959 with his wife Moneeka Misra Tanvir. His career was characterised by astonishing output and creativity; in…

​The ILF Bhasha Samman: A Salute to Perumal Murugan’s Spirit

​The ILF Bhasha Samman: A Salute to Perumal Murugan’s Spirit

Tamil author Perumal Murugan was recently awarded the ILF ‘Samnvay Bhasha Samman’ on 28 November 2015, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, for his novel, Madhorubhagan. The jury, headed by K.​ Satchidanandan, decided to honour Perumal Murugan’s dauntless writing and his contribution to the literary tradition in Tamil. A​.​R​.​ Venkatachalapathy​ and K. Satchidanandan saluted…

India under Modi is living through a Dark Age: Professor D N Jha

India under Modi is living through a Dark Age: Professor D N Jha

Teesta Setalvad of Communalism Combat interviews Professor DN Jha on dietary traditions in Early India; the calculated misrepresentation of Early Indian and Medieval History by the present government under the direct control of the Sangh Parivar; and the ‘dark age ‘of superstition promoted by the current political dispensation.   Courtesy: Sabrangindia

28 नवंबर, 2015: मोर्चे पर कवि

28 नवंबर, 2015: मोर्चे पर कवि

‘मोर्चे पर कवि’ है पहल कुछ कविताग्रस्त देशवासियों की, और इसका मुख्य लक्ष्य है जनसाधारण तक कुछ जलते मुद्दों को पहुँचाना, साथ ही उन्हें आतंक और सांप्रदायिकता के अत्याचार के विरुद्ध संवेदनशील बनाना I 28 नवंबर को दिल्ली के सेंट्रल पार्क में आयोजित ‘मोर्चे पर कवि’ के दूसरे संस्करण में कही गयी कविताओं का विषय थे फिलिस्तीन,…

Historian Irfan Habib on the rightwing project of mythologising history

Historian Irfan Habib on the rightwing project of mythologising history

Teesta Setalvad, journalist and co-editor of Communalism Combat, spoke to historian Irfan Habib on Sabrang, about the right-wing project of mythologising history. On the one hand, history is distorted to perceive all Muslim rulers as plunderers. On the other hand, the so-called patriotism of right-wing Hindu groups stands exposed by their absence from the Indian freedom struggle.

“Speed up the investigation into the killing of Professor Kalburgi…”

“Speed up the investigation into the killing of Professor Kalburgi…”

9 December 2015 Shri Siddaramaiah Chief Minister of Karnataka Anugruha, Kumarakrup Road Bengalaru Honourable Shri Siddaramaiah, On behalf of the community of writers, artists, thinkers and scientists who feel concerned about attacks on intellectuals and thinkers in recent times, I would like to request you to kindly do everything possible within your authority to expedite…

What is to be done about Indian Universities?

What is to be done about Indian Universities?

Reflections from Concerned Teachers The manner in which the state is intervening in higher education is causing concern and even alarm in the academic community. Both the unlamented UPA—II regime and the current NDA government have been remarkably similar in their authoritarian impatience to introduce wholesale changes without adequate or careful preparation. This position paper…