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Readers Write In #104: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 4 – Stalin’s Era Part 3

October 11, 2019

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(by G Waugh) Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 are here. Chapter 2 is here. Chapter 3 is here. Josef Stalin, when he assumed the mantle in 1922 was initially considered to be a worthy successor to the legacy of the founder-leader Vladimir Lenin, by the masses. Stalin worked hard to build on that image and tried […]

Readers Write In #101: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 3 – Stalin’s Era Part 2

October 5, 2019

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(by G Waugh) Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 are here. Chapter 2 is here. Further into the narrative, a quick dive into what essentially is meant by Capitalism, Marxism and Fascism will help us understand the ideological undercurrents that drove the turbulent events of the Second World War (1939-1945). Capitalism – Origins: The period of ‘Enlightenment’ in […]

Readers Write In #99: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 2 – Stalin’s Era Part 1

September 28, 2019

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(by G Waugh) Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 are here. The ascent of the Strongman: The death of the founder patriarch Vladimir Lenin, did jolt the Soviet people even though it was very well known that he was bedridden for months. Lenin’s New Economic Policy introduced in 1921 a few months before his death, had […]

Readers Write In #98: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 1 – Lenin saves Russia

September 24, 2019

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(by G Waugh) The story of 20th-century Russia (1914-1991) has immense relevance to today’s political and economic life all over the world. The events, when looked at merely as a story, present a compelling tale with moral and philosophical dimensions. The first few chapters will be dedicated to narration of significant events while the last […]

Readers Write In #96: Ms Monopoly and feminism

September 23, 2019

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(by Meera Ramanathan) Before I begin my post, I want to call a truce. A firm believer in “we are all in this together” am hoping we can have healthy discussions devoid of judgement and name calling. We can agree to disagree and I strongly support your attempt to make argument even if I don’t […]

Creating a conversation around trans characters in cinema

August 27, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/creating-a-conversation-baradwaj-rangan-around-trans-characters-in-cinema/ A look at how ‘Super Deluxe’ depicts a trans character as neither villain nor saint, but as simply flawed and all-too-human. By now, I think it’s safe to say the “gay film” (i.e. films about two men in love or in a relationship) or the “lesbian […]

Readers Write In #90: Why Kangana’s spat with the media is just what the doctor ordered

August 1, 2019

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(by PG Nair) Unless you have been living under a rock there is little chance that you have missed Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s confrontation with a media person Justin Rao during the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Judgemental Hai Kya’ and the subsequent ban of the artist by select sections of entertainment media. Kangana responded […]

Interview: Pa Ranjith (on his life)

July 2, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Lakshmi, Accountant

March 25, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Vinoth, Mechanic

March 12, 2019

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Readers Write In #68: On the Bechdel test

March 1, 2019

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A film is said to pass the Bechdel Test if it contains at least a single scene in which two named female characters talk to each other about something other than a man. This is grossly misunderstood to mean that they should be prominent to the story and/or that the conversation should be about something […]

Viewer’s Voice: Saravanan, Milk Booth Owner

February 25, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Mohammed Sabbit (Dulquer Salmaan fan)

February 11, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Sarath (AC Mechanic)

January 28, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Shanmughathaai (Eatery Owner)

January 7, 2019

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Interview: Sruthi Hariharan

December 28, 2018

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Sruthi Hariharan talks to Baradwaj Rangan about how she started her career as a background dancer before falling in love with the process of filmmaking. She talks about how rare it is for an actress in the Kannada film industry to speak her mind and about using art to drive change. The acclaimed actress also […]

Viewer’s Voice: Karthikeyan (Shopkeeper)

December 24, 2018

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Viewer’s Voice: Valarmathi (Domestic Help)

December 10, 2018

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Readers Write In #62: Understanding agrarian crisis

December 8, 2018

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The following essay will give a brief introduction to the origins of the current agricultural crisis in India. Knowledge of the origins shall serve as an effective background to understand rising farmer unrest all over India. What is Liberalisation/Neoliberalism? India in 1991, in return for financial assistance from IMF and World Bank agreed to implementing […]

Off the Topic: ‘The Cut’ article

December 6, 2018

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This came from Rahul: OTT request : “The cut” article about PC and her wedding , and their subsequent retraction. I do not have much to say on the topic but would like to see what other people think. Its also something that probably desis of all political beliefs may band up on one side […]