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Lessons for civil society from Ambedkar cartoon row

By Sat, May 19, 2012 5:38PM UTC 6 Comments

The manner in which the two advisors of NCERT textbooks, the company that published the controversial Shankar cartoon in a political science textbook, were jettisoned by government – a step endorsed by the entire political class – is disconcerting. The episode holds lessons for the extent to which the system can and should be ‘courted’....

The Ambedkar cartoon saga – the tragedy beyond the farce

By Wed, May 16, 2012 2:53AM UTC Comments Off

In the wake of the government decision to remove the contentious 1949 cartoon – drawn by Shankar – from NCERT’s political science textbook for Class IX and the subsequent declaration by Human Resource Development minister, Kapil Sibal, that all cartoons used in NCERT will be reviewed and taken out if needed, some well meaning people...

Ambedkar – the farce beyond the cartoon

By Sat, May 12, 2012 5:17PM UTC Comments Off

When Anna Hazare’s campaign was raging in India last year, critics of the movement spelled out their discomfort with it even while agreeing on the need for an anti-graft legislation. This section of the civil society argued against that section – comprising one-time fellow-travellers – making their draft of the Bill, a non-negotiable instrument. Parliamentarians...

Satire, cartoons, politicians and malicious content

By Sat, Apr 14, 2012 2:40AM UTC 1 Comment

DISCLAIMER: This post is NOT precipitated by any recent event/events or any recent actions/utterances of any neophyte chief administrator of any administrative unit that has evolved historically. In the late 1970s and early 1980s there was considerable criticism by the American State of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. When asked by journalists about his response...

The Cain Mutiny

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