Saha Sutra

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Anita Rampal
State policies are not just about the existing set of legislatures but bring a legacy of past visions. The Education Policy is no different. Here, Sahapedia trains the spotlight on the Zakir Hussain Committee report from 1938 and the 1949 University Education Commission to see how New Education…
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S Natesh
Long before environmentalism became a buzzword, 363 members of Rajasthan’s Bishnoi community, led by the fearless Amrita Devi, sacrificed their lives to save the Khejri tree. Sahapedia trains the spotlight on the significance of the Khejarli Massacre and how it inspired another environmental…
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Abhilasha Ojha
The shy, reticent girl who appeared in the Indian playback singing scene as a teenager in the late 1940s, shone brightly, even if briefly, through her distinct voice and talaffuz in the 1950s and 1960s. Sahapedia highlights the contribution of Mubarak Begum from Rajasthan, one of the unsung stars…
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Simran Agarwal
With the waning power of the Mughals in the eighteenth century, slaves, especially concubines, close to the ruler wielded great influence and power in the state of Rajputana. But how? We investigate how the companionship between Maharaja Vijay Singh and his chief concubine Gulabrai—compared with…
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Murali Sivaramakrishnan
To read Sri Aurobindo’s poem Savitri is to witness a tremendous adventure in the interior realms; to witness and participate in a multidimensional quest. It is perhaps the best example of spiritual verses—poetry as dhyana mantra. This Indian epic, as we find, is Aurobindo’s magnum opus. (Photo…
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V.K. Cherian
A disciple of the radical film-maker Ritwik Ghatak, Mani Kaul is said to have pushed the envelope with his innovative film-making techniques, establishing his own brand of ‘new wave’ Indian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. We look at what makes Kaul the first rebel of Indian parallel cinema. (Photo…
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Manan Kapoor
India or Pakistan, as they stand today, are separate entities with their own histories and ideologies. This perhaps stems from how the two countries have grown, after Partition—after the British barrister Sir Cyril Radcliffe drew a line in a hasty five weeks that changed the history of the…
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B.N. Goswamy
There is remarkable richness of imagery and while the scientific nature of the visualisations in books such as those in the copy of the Mir’at al Nujum (‘Mirror of Astronomy’) that Prof. B.N. Goswamy came across at a bookstore during one of his travels. He believes that the volume, and others of…
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B.N. Goswamy
Analysing two paintings on the nine rasas of Krishna’s leelas, Prof. B.N. Goswamy is fascinated by how how two different painters—separated by more than a century and a half of time and by hundreds of miles—not only turning to the same poetic text and thus bonding together, but bringing their own…
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B.N. Goswamy
This is what transpires when a young London-based painter gets drawn towards Indian miniature paintings. Prof. B.N. Goswamy delights in his respect for the Indian tradition in Jethro Buck’s work, but also an impish desire to toss things around a bit, or, gravely, to involve the viewer in the act of…
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