Culture
Seminarians exhort writers to debate what really is ‘National Identity’?

The larger premise and thought of the seminar is to get writers, poets, thinkers, teachers, journalists, artists and people on a common platform, to discuss, debate, share and think about what really is ‘National Identity’. 

Why do the politicians want to control art, culture, cinema?

A sea of ideas, thoughts, expressions, perspectives, emotions… all found space on stage and amid a large audience, on the concluding day of, ‘Nationalism and Culture, a Dialogue’, a two-day national seminar organised by the Progressive Writers’ Association, Punjab, with the Punjab Arts Council.

Arabic poetic traditions and Awadhi culture are combined in Mir Anees’ marsiyas

As I had grown up hearing Mir Anees’ marsiyas (elegies), I decided on a recent visit to Lucknow to read the Fatiha (first sura or chapter of the Koran) on his grave. The rickshaw took me into a narrow alley near Lucknow’s Akbari Darwaza. 

Pak, Indian poets co-authored book in two scripts Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi

Two poets, Sukhinder Singh who lives in Toronto (Canada) belongs to Ambala Cantt (Haryana)  Indian  and Saleem Pasha of Pakistan's Gujrat released a book, 'Lahoo da Rung' recently . 

Ramzan Fasting enables promotion of spirituality and human excellence

Fasting, during the month of Ramzan, not only serves as annual training for body and soul -- which helps in renewal of life and encourages the spirit of sharing and giving -- it also enables the promotion of spirituality and human excellence.

Sikh children wearing Kirpan denied theme park entry in UK

A Sikh children’s group was denied entry into a UK theme park after an elder accompanying them refused to remove the kirpan, an article of faith for the Sikhs, prompting accusations of religious discrimination

Majestic Alwar City Palace in a state of neglect

In his memoirs Dastan-e-Ghadar, which I have translated from Urdu to English, Zahir Dehlvi — an official in the Mughal court of Bahadur Shah Zafar — paints a beautiful picture of Alwar, its Maharaja and life in the palace as one of his courtiers.

Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Sacrificed His Life to Uphold the Right to Profess one's Religion

Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (1563-1606), the Fifth Guru of the Sikhs was born on Baisakh Vadi 7, 1620 Bikrimi i.e. April 15, 1563 at Goindwal Sahib, which now falls in the present day Tarn Taran district of Punjab.

Why only Muslims need to be kept in a medieval time warp?

Indeed, as the TTT (Triple Talaq Tamasha) proceeds, the producers of TV news shows are certainly on to a good thing with various worthies of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). Therefore, on any dull news day -- that is when we can’t abuse Kashmiris on prime-time TV or harangue Pakistanis or have a super duper exclusive expose on the opposition chaps all now running for cover -- we can dust off the mullahs and produce them on TV.

'Muslim woman has right to pronounce triple talaq'

"The woman can also negotiate in the nikahnama and include provisions consistent with Islamic law to contractually stipulate that her husband does not resort to triple talaq, she has right to pronounce triple talaq in all forms, and ask for very high 'mehr' amount in case of talaq and impose conditions as are available to her in order to protect her dignity."

Gorakhpur’s history is of infinite stories

Gorakhpur is much in the news, thanks to the new Chief Minister—an object of both derision and confusion—a saffron-clad monk who is now the chief executive of the most populous state in the republic. 

Durga gives everything good luck, health, happiness, beauty, victory and fame, have faith

The Durga Saptashati proclaims: “Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu Shakti rupena samsthita”-- The goddess who is in every being as the Supreme Energy.  The Divine Feminine pervades all space and time as the indestructible energy, taking care of the well being of one and all, protecting the world. The stability of any physical system depends on how the overall energy of the system is balanced. Consider, for example, our climate. There are lots of discussions on climate change and global warming.

Despite threats, Pak maestro singer Ghulam Ali performs to packed devotees at Varanasi Sankat Mochan temple

Pakistani music mastero Ghulam Ali couldn't have found a more apt platform to defy bigots. Hounded for months and refused a stage in most parts of India, he finally performed on Tuesday evening in no less a venue than Varanasi's famed Sankat Mochan temple according times of India report. 

Muslims themselves can ban triple talaq, polygamy

Once again the issue of triple talaq and polygamy has surfaced with Shayara Bano, a 35-year-old woman from Uttarakhand, recently filing  a public interest litigation (PIL) (PIL) before the Supreme Court. Women’s groups, Muslim and non-Muslim, are meeting to discuss the strategy to support the Supreme Court’s intervention in getting Muslim women their rights under the Constitution. 

Shiv Sena opposes Pakistani Ghazal virtuoso Ghulam Ali's performance in Varanasi

The proposed performance of Pakistani Ghazal virtuoso Ghulam Ali at Sankat Mochan Temple scheduled on April 26 invited opposition from different saffron outfits in the city. While Hindu Yuva Vahni has already announced that it would not allow Ghulam Ali to perform in Kashi, the Shiv Sena has also come with a poster to oppose the singer.