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Shaukat Kaifi
From the heart of a well-known family of Hyderabad to life in a single room with the barest of necessities, Shaukat Kaifi’s memoir of her life with the renowned poet Kaifi Azmi speaks of love and commitment. A marriage of over a half a century, a life steeped in poetry and progressive politics,…
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Shabari Choudhury
Undeniably India’s most famous cartoonist, R.K. Laxman’s talent lay in playing with irony, packing a punch in a deceptively light tone. We attempt to analyse 'what was it about his political cartoons that appealed to readers across six decades?’ (Photo courtesy: The Wire)   When the Sir JJ School…
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Huma Sadaf
The subject of Partition is not easy to portray—irrespective of which side of the Radcliffe Line the film-maker resides. Over the decades, a few Pakistani films have attempted to depict one of the bloodiest chapters of the subcontinent. We analyse three films that are widely regarded as iconic,…
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Amiya P. Sen
Vidyasagar has been consistently charged with entertaining agnostic or atheistic ideas. While he never gave up his sacred thread, had a high regard for certain Brahmanical rites and for Brahmanhood in general, but little patience for specific daily rituals. Here, we look at Vidyasagar’s…
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Amiya P. Sen
As we discuss the relevance of Gandhi’s understanding of Hinduism in modern India, we examine just how he accepted and interpreted the Hindu religious and cultural tradition in his own lifetime, both building upon what his forebears had cumulatively contributed over time but also differing from…
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Chandradasan
The name Ebrahim Alkazi (1925–2020) is often regarded as a synonym of contemporary Indian theatre. His greatest vision was to make the National School of Drama truly ‘national’ by not only assimilating students from across India, but also providing a platform for regional and folk arts. Here, we…
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Ajeya Vajpayee
The 400-year-old oral tradition of storytelling, Kaavad baanchana, is struggling to stay alive in Rajasthan. However, there have been some attempts at preserving this unique art and the craft of kaavad-making in the modern era. We explore how craftsmen and artistes are trying to keep kaavads…
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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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