03. 12. 2015
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“Aao Radio Sunein”: Manto’s Radio Plays

  Aakriti Mandhwani _______________________________ [i] Saadat Hasan Manto is arguably best known for his oft-acerbic, yet true-to-life depiction of the tragedies that befell India during the partition. “Khol Do” is one such popular narrative;...

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29. 07. 2014
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Patronage, Learning, Innovation

Prasanta Chakravarty The career of poet Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) is a powerful instance of how a poet might succeed through patronage, quite independent of his considerable talent. After his education at Oxford, he...

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29. 09. 2013
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The 10,000 Moment: HUG Pauses. To Look Back & Ahead

     humanitiesunderground “There are two kinds of poets. Poets and local poets. Those who write in big and reputed magazines are poets. The rest are local poets.” Prasun Bandyopadhyay, Poet’s Preface, Collected Works...

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31. 07. 2013
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You Will Have To Swim, Mr. Marek !

Marek Kaminski During and after 1970s the Polish underground press drew on experiences of Second World War veterans of Armia Krajowa. After martial law in Poland and the government crackdown on Solidarity, the activities of underground publishing...

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14. 07. 2013
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Hopeful About Hopelessness: Gyanranjan Ke Bahane

Neelabh [This is an excerpt from Gyanranjan ke Bahane, where the writer gives us a unique sense of the Hindi literary world from the 1960s till date, by way of tracing it through...

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26. 03. 2013
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Better A Live Sparrow Than A Stuffed Eagle

  Ashok Pande   [Ashok Pande is poet, painter and translator, working from Haldwani. His collection of poetry Dekhta Hoon Sapne got published in 1992.  He has translated Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate into Hindi and...

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09. 03. 2013
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“Binadi, You Are Sleeping With The Light On?”

Bina Das During our stay in the Presidency jail, we used to organize functions and theatrical shows. This time there were fewer restrictions. The jail authorities helped us in setting up the stage,...

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22. 12. 2012
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The Political Economy of Reading

William St Clair Last year, some of us were privileged to hear the first John Coffin Memorial Lecture given by Robert Darnton entitled 'The Devil in the Holy Water.' In that talk, by offering a...

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10. 12. 2012
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What’s in a Name!

Bhasha Singh [This is an excerpt from Adrishya Bharat, (Invisible India) Penguin Books, 2012. Translation HUG] Dabbuwali (Bengal), Baaltiwali (Kanpur), Teenawali (Bihar), Kamaai-Ka-Kaam Karne wali (Large swathes of North India), Tokriwali (Haryana-Punjab), Thottikar...

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13. 09. 2012
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No More A Barrier Than A Couple of Beers Between Us

    We are Invincible. We Cannot,  We do not Deserve to Lose  [La Jornada 2/7] February 2, 1994     To Mr. Gaspar Morquecho Escamilla, Tiempo newspaper, San Cristóbal de las Casas:...

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06. 08. 2012
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Adda at Barda’s Shop

Amitranjan Basu [1] When I stood at the main gate of National Library and looked ahead, I got a jolt! Where did Barda[2]’s shop go? I crossed the road and came near the...

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08. 07. 2012
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Books on the Footpath

Kala-Pyacha Though I am yet to witness writers begging on the footpath, their books have long made their way there and have thus been silently facilitating their own journey there at some future...

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14. 06. 2012
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A Song Sung True

Gopal Gandhi   Her name responds with images. Of her. O.P. Sharma has a lovely photograph of her. A ‘late’ Kamaladevi, picture-daters would say. She is seated at a table, her hands stretched across...

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09. 04. 2012
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Spinoza, Bayle, Socinians

    Russ Leo   (Review of Jonathan I. Israel, Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750.  Oxford University Press, 2002.  832 pp.  ISBN 978-0199254569.  Jonathan Israel, Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the...

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