#MisogynyAlert: some notes

“Not because #MisogynyAlert is a bad idea. But because it is the brand of feminism that applies on oppressors the same tactics they’ve been applying on women all these years. I’m not sorry to say, that’s not my feminism”.  — #MisogynyAlert by Tharkuri Ranjani, who blogs at https://feministwords.wordpress.com, critiques the #MisogynyAlert hashtag and it’s execution on twitter. Reading… Read more

Our basic nature

“It is one of my fundamental beliefs that not only do we inherently posses the potential for compassion but I believe  that the basic or underlying nature of human beings is gentleness. —[Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama] For most of my life, I have held that man is essentially a base, angry, hurtful animal. Gentleness and kindness are acquired through… Read more

The success formula- Shyam Benegal on Hindi Cinema and the challenges of New cinema

In 1977 there was a symposium examining “THE CINEMA SITUATION”. The symposium was attended by some greats of Indian Cinema like Mani Kaul,  Kumar Shahani, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal etc. I discovered a quote from Shyam Benegal’s essay on tumblr via Dhrupad and was hooked. I discovered that the quote was from a longer essay on… Read more

Morality, reason and Porn-gate (impressive title, eh?)

Three ministers in Karnataka’s legislative assembly resigned today following a TV expose  showing them watching a porn clip in the assembly. While the MLAs were defensive at first and claimed that they were doing research, their resignations and the multiple inquiries that have been ordered seals their fates. Opposition MLAs and the media has painted… Read more