Imprisoning Minds

Imprisoning Minds

Amol Palekar translated by Paritosh Joshi Image courtesy Amol Palekar August 29, 1970: The Maharashtra Theatrical Performances Examination Board (MTPEB) banned Vijay Tendulkar’s play Gidhade (The Vultures), contending that its realistic portrayal of perverted socio-familial complications was unsuitable for a public performance. An extended battle led by the producer, Satyadev Dubey, and the director, Shriram…

Yes, the Adivasi Will Not Dance!

Yes, the Adivasi Will Not Dance!

Statement from the Indian Writers’ Forum Lalgarh / Wikimedia Commons June 19, 2016 The award winning writer, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, has given us insights into the conditions of Adivasi life, both as a medical officer posted at the additional public health centre in Beldanga block of Pakur district in Jharkhand, and as a questioning, truth-telling creative writer….

Let Perumal Murugan the Writer Live Again!

Let Perumal Murugan the Writer Live Again!

Perumal Murugan’s Facebook page, 12 January 2015, declaring that “Perumal Murugan the writer is dead.” We believe that the freedom with which the artistic and intellectual community go about their work is a measure of our nation’s health. In recent months, that freedom has been diminishing in India. Writers, artists and academics have been threatened…

Two Poems

Two Poems

Abhishek Jha Between Walls Women lost in veils Artists undone in ink And wells respond to armies of peace. Hoarding This was biting scarred. That is sneezing gooed. He was water cannon. She is globe hiccup. Fever was cold wet. Mercury is hairy steely. Eyes are on days. Farts are at night. Old cash is…