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POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Narendra Modi, Democracy, Freedom of Speech, National gallery of modern art

Amol Palekar is only a symptom. The malaise of fascist thought-control is now deep within us

Veteran actor Amol Palekar's speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) was cut short for being critical, even if mildly, of the government. This was not the first instance of the suppression of free speech under the Modi sarkaar.

ART & CULTURE

 |  The Castaways  |  7-minute read
Ministry of culture, Intolerance, Ngma, Amol Palekar

Amol Palekar Interrupted: Why this should be a moment for the art world to introspect, rather than play blame games

Everyone's busy blaming the curator of the NGMa for having interrupted Amol Palekar mid-speech. But here's why the curator did it. And also, here's what the art community should in fact be doing.

POLITICS

 |  8-minute read
Art, BJP, Ngma, Amol Palekar

No Podium for Palekar: When art is attacked, it’s the people who lose

The NGMA is not a government fiefdom. It belongs to we, the people. It, and the art it houses, must be governed by our diversity and freedom, and not by sarsaari or sanskaari ideals.

VARIETY

 |  3-minute read
Intolerance, Censorship, Ngma, Amol Palekar

Amol Palekar’s speech interrupted at Mumbai event: The show (of intolerance) must go on?

Here are five recent instances when political heavy-handedness, aided by angry street protests, trumped creative freedom.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Gol maal, Entertainment, Bollywood, Amol Palekar

Amol Palekar: The ‘plain-looking’ actor who redefined the image of the Bollywood ‘hero’

The original boy next door turned 74 on November 24.

ART & CULTURE

 |  Baaton Baaton Mein  |  9-minute read
Bombay, Baaton Baaton Mein, Amol Palekar

Love, life and longing in Bombay: Three Amol Palekar films that defined 1970s

Chhoti Si Baat, Gharaonda and Baaton Baaton Mein take you through the city.