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How Chandrika Prasad Jigyasu exposed post-Independence mental slavery
In the essay titled ‘Ishwarvadiyon ki Daleelein’, Jigyasu presents the thinking of select materialists to counter the theists’ arguments. He begins with Charvak, who declared, ‘Vedas, god, soul, heaven, yagnas, curse etc are all part...
Kanwal Bharti: My journey as a translator
There is little doubt that the corpus of Indian scholars's work on the history of Indian society, culture and castes is not even a tenth of the corpus by scholars from abroad. Most of the...
‘From Kabir and Raidas, love for mankind came to us in poetic form’
Gail Omvedt went from village to village for her research. The information she collected had wide ramifications and concerned a large number of people. The conclusions she arrived at were closer to the truth. Gail...
‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’: Does it have its origin in the Vedas?
The issue is not only that these mythological texts are being hailed as repositories of Indian culture but also that the texts are cited as the source of maxims that don’t at all figure in...
Journalism for Dalit liberation was a study in contrast during Hindi renaissance
While Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi was writing 'Draupadi-Vachan Banawali', portraying women as vile and lowly, Maithlisharan Gupta was singing...
Book review: How Gandhi stoops to new lows in the eyes of Ambedkar
It is necessary to be acquainted with Ambedkar’s critique of Gandhi and Gandhism because no study of Gandhi...
The musicals of ‘Inderman ka Akhada’ and Srikrishna Pehelwan
Natharam has more than 200 musicals to his name. However, most of them were actually written by Ustad...
Sudha Arora: ‘Let there not be divisions in the literature of the deprived’
“What is this talk of OBC and Bahujan literature? There is one dominant and privileged class. There is...
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