Rama, Shah Bano & Other Riddles

Rama, Shah Bano & Other Riddles

Inspired by Anand Patwardhan’s award-winning documentary (read our review of the documentary), in this article, we examine the context in which the Babri Masjid demolition took place in 1992. We try to look at surrounding issues that led to the event, based on news reports and analyses of the issue. Continue reading

Andhra Mahabharatamu Part 1: How It Laid The Foundation For Telugu Literature

(Read Part 2 of this series here.)

Whenever the Vedic legacy faces a crisis, the fifth Veda, which is the Mahabharata, takes a new shape to redefine Dharma.

This is a loose translation of a statement made in the preface to the Andhra Mahabharatamu edition by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). The conditions that led to the composition of Andhra Mahabharatamu validate the quote. The Telugu version of the epic Mahabharata has a unique distinction of being composed by not one, but three poets belonging to three different generations. It took close to 300 years for this book to reach completion. These three poets are collectively called as Kavitrayam (“Poet Trinity”) among the Telugu literary sphere. The scope of this post is to observe the conditions that inspired each of the poets to take up this work. Continue reading

Ram Ke Naam / In The Name Of God – A Documentary Review

Ram Ke Naam / In The Name Of God – A Documentary Review

We got curious about this movie after several screenings of Anand Patwardhan’s movies have been disrupted (sometimes violently), abruptly cancelled or threatened by members of ABVP and other youth (read: nuvvu youth entraa) organizations associated with the Sangh Parivar in the last couple of years.

The disruptions were usually accompanied by slogans against the filmmaker, the film, the venues, and the organizers alleging them for being anti-national, anti-Hindu and offending religious sentiments of the majority religion – which was weird because this was a movie that has a U-certificate from the censor board, a National Award, and was telecast on Doordarshan many years ago during prime time.

We decided to watch it on Youtube and see what the fuss is all about.

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