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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.

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.

VOICES

 |  3-minute read
Political opportunism, T m krishna, Naseeruddin Shah, Intolerance

Are we mature enough as a society to agree to disagree?

Liberals and hardliners — white and black? Or is it black and white? In politics, it is neither —  it is often in shades of grey.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Narendra Modi, Hindu-Muslim divide, Intolerance, Naseeruddin Shah

Stop bullying Naseeruddin Shah for speaking the truth. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro!

The veteran actor has simply echoed the suppressed sentiments of millions of people, not just the Muslim minority community. But we live in such a time of fear and loathing that his words have only caused more offence.

VOICES

 |  Aage Se Right  |  6-minute read
BJP, Intolerance, Bulandshahr, Naseeruddin Shah

Why I differ with Naseeruddin Shah

Making Bulandshahr about ‘intolerance’ only broad-brushes a great number of people as driven by ‘hate’. The truth is different.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
LGBTQ, Lesbian, Gay, Section 377

Let's talk about homophobia: How we choose to hate those different from us

Why can’t we respect someone else’s child and the path they choose to be on?

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Techies, Politics, Intolerance, Karnataka

Why the Indian techie is so 'polarised' today

Don't blame the techie alone though – we're all totally political now.

VOICES

 |  3-minute read
Intolerance, Fascism, Death Threats, Humans of Hindutva

India can't take a joke. Humans of Hindutva shut after founder receives death threats

There is no room for rebellion – even something as harmless as a Facebook page that takes digs at the supreme leader.

VARIETY

 |  4-minute read
Intolerance, Rajput Karni Sena, Padmavati, Deepika Padukone

What allows Rajput Karni Sena to make an open threat to chop off Deepika Padukone's nose?

Such blatant disregard for the law, sadly, has become the norm for many hardliner groups.

ART & CULTURE

 |  12-minute read
Intolerance, Husain: Portrait of an Artist, MF Husain

Why didn't MF Husain paint Allah the way he painted Saraswati?

[Book excerpt] The man who was written about the most was the least understood.