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Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy is a poignant portrait of a Mumbai slum beset by class, gender and religion divides
If Gully Boy is the mainstream Bollywood movie with two of the industry’s biggest actors, then one could finally say that the Indian film industry has come of age. Superstars still rule Bollywood but as is often repeated by industry insiders, nowadays, ‘the story is the king’.
Beyond the law
The rape and murder case of Nirmala Pant makes a mockery of the rule of law
What does high caste chauvinism look like?
A few months ago, a relative of mine shared with me his thought about an empowered Dalit in his Chitwan neighbourhood. This Dalit man had completed his Master’s in Nepali language, had a successful business and owned a three-storied house in Chitwan.
A poet’s testimony on society
There are some literary works that define a historical crossroad, and there are perhaps no other words that resonate with the Second People’s Movement of 2006 than Bise Nagarchiko Bayan (Bise Nagarchi’s Testimony).
The mountains are calling, but not you
On a chilly October evening, following a day of arduous trekking, we reached a popular hotel in the famous tourist hub of Ghandruk. The snow-clad mountains were barely visible as the sun had already set beyond the western horizon.
Closer to home
As a kid growing up in the 90s, I was fortunate enough to have caught Muna and Sunkeshra—two children’s Nepali-language magazines—at the tail-end of their heydays.
Saptari and beyond
Following a year of tenuous peace, what happened this week in Maleth, Saptari threatens to stall the country’s already beleaguered political process.
The Dalit Question
According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, a Brahmin’s son dies at a young age in the Satya Yuga—the age of truth—when people were supposed to live long, fulfilled lives.
Smoke and mirrors
My father is an old-timer Marxist who was active in the fight against the Panchayat regime from 1979 to 1990.
Putting Madhes back on the map
During his rousing speech at the Parliament this week, Health Minister Gagan Thapa tried to allay the fears of those wary that the impeachment motion against the suspended CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki would once again break the unity among parties and sideline the constitutional amendment process by asking MPs to introspect on whether the house was indeed ever united. He went on to propose that the impeachment proceedings, rather than distract, would offer the opportunity to bring about a new form of unity; that the motion would not affect the constitutional amendment process.
The lost decades
Bhupi Sherchan is perhaps the most beloved and widely read poet in Nepali literature. His mastery over the free verse—that broke away from the archaic slokas that had once dominated Nepali poetry—and his eagerness to explore themes that were seldom written about, made his poetry both readable and relatable for the masses. Bhupi’s peerless genius is further underscored by the fact that his poems continue to remain widely popular and ever relevant to every new generation of readers; his magnum opus, Ghumne Mech Mathi Andho Manche, has seen 10 different editions since it was first published in 1968. Having recently sat through the anthology (in one frenzied sitting), I was left with two conclusions: the first that Bhupi was a visionary whose ideas were well and truly ahead of his time, and secondly that because his poems are still so hauntingly relevant in this day and age, it begs the question of what progress we have really made in these lost decades.
Return to sender
Of the thousands of Nepalis leaving the country each year, the handful of those returning are invariably asked: Why?
Ordinary Madhesis should be made to feel that the government is doing its bit in addressing their demands
‘Brexit’ and the right-wing renaissance
In these deeply polarised times, one can only hope, and politically act, so that it is respect and tolerance that gains traction rather than the paranoid fear of the ‘others’
What about class?
It appears that Nepali political ideology has already arrived at its Fukuyamian ‘end of history’ when it comes to the economy