आत्ममुग्ध क्रांतिकारिता और वरवर राव : अपूर्वानंद

हर वर्ष इकतीस जुलाई को दिल्ली में ‘हंस’ पत्रिका की ओर से किसी एक विषय पर एक विचार-गोष्ठी का आयोजन किया जाता रहा है. बातचीत का स्तर जो हो, यह एक मौक़ा होता है तरह-तरह के लेखकों, पाठकों और साहित्यप्रेमियों के एक-दूसरे से मिलने का. कई लोग तो वहीं सालाना मुलाकातें करतें है. मेरी शिकायत … More आत्ममुग्ध क्रांतिकारिता और वरवर राव : अपूर्वानंद

The Politics of Prizes and Silencing of Adivasi Voice: Nandini Sundar

Guest post by NANDINI SUNDAR   Last weekend, I attended a wonderful rally by the Adivasi Mahasabha in Raipur – some 10-15 busloads of people came from Dantewada and Bastar alone, while large numbers came from other parts of Chhattisgarh and even other states like Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal. The procession was flagged off … More The Politics of Prizes and Silencing of Adivasi Voice: Nandini Sundar

‘Justice on Trial’ in the Times of Tilism: The Absence of Binayak Sen and the Presence of Anna Hazare on Television in April 2011

The baroque form of the dastangoi tradition makes it possible for us to conceive of tilisms within tilisms, spells upon spells, enchantments upon enchantments. And the spell of televised spectacle, which sculpts the noise as well as the silence of our political life, is precisely such a device. It envelopes everything from the ‘Judum-Judum’ noise of stormtroopers in the forest to the drone of judgements meted out in courtrooms and television studios. It conjures entire revolutions in and out of thin air at a moments notice, wraps repression in bright colours and makes it dance to noble sentiments and stirring music. It is an enchantment spun by great spin-doctors, emperors of dissimulation, the veritable Afrasiyabs of our times. It is to combat such powerful spells that a few ayyars of Delhi – artists, filmmakers, writers and others, and hundreds of decent, good people who are as disturbed by disappearing people as they are by disappearing money had gathered for those three evenings last week at the Alliance Francasie de Delhi. … More ‘Justice on Trial’ in the Times of Tilism: The Absence of Binayak Sen and the Presence of Anna Hazare on Television in April 2011