Category Archives: India

A Complete System of Bayonet Exercise by Richard Francis Burton

Note to self:  Four years before the “Indian Mutiny” (first all India war of Independence), Richard F Burton published “A Complete System of Bayonet Exercise”, writing: “The Sepoy has not learned to trust to his musket as a European soldier … Continue reading

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Afzal farce in Delhi

Gadkari not sorry about ‘son-in-law’ remark on Afzal Guru Press Trust of India, Updated: July 09, 2010 13:04 IST Dehra Dun/New Delhi: Taunting the Congress over the delay in hanging Afzal Guru, BJP President Nitin Gadkari asked the party whether … Continue reading

Posted in India, Pantomime Terror, Terror


From Partha Banerjee: India govt’s ghastly Commonwealth cleanup of the poor I’m deeply troubled. Very deeply troubled. An inconspicuous report in British paper Independent shows how the Delhi administration in India is sweeping up hundreds of thousands of poorest of … Continue reading

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sthaniya sambaad 19.3.2010 5pm

I am very pleased to announce a special screening of the feature film by Arjun Gourisaria and Moinak Biswas ‘sthaniya sambaad‘ (‘spring in the colony‘), (105 min. 2009, 35 mm, cinemascope, EST). Q & A with one of the directors. … Continue reading

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National Instruments

On the initiative of Moinak Biswas, Film Studies Jadavpur Uni, Kolkata, and with great input from Rosalind Morris, but initially inspired by the Preservation in Globalization workshop convened by Gayatri Spivak and Jorge Otero-Pailos, an interesting redevelopment seems possible. A disused factory site adjacent … Continue reading

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Journalism of a type.

Some may think the quality of – ehem – journalism about the Maoist struggles in India is somewhat lacking in style. Others may think that this over-worked topic really pushed a writer to find a unique angle, a way in … Continue reading

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Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin

I’ve not posted all that much of other people’s stuff lately, but I have been catching up on reading it. This short review of Rustom Bharucha’s Another Asia, by Shuddhabrata Sengupta, neatly conveys what is great about Rustom’s book. The review … Continue reading

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