If pain is personal and individual, which is so often the case, it can drag us down a solitary hole. But when it becomes shared and collective, pain can lift us out, extracting us from solitude into the company of those who are suffering as well.
The kind of hate that is being directed at Naseeruddin Shah over his voicing genuine concerns is sickening. The same happened with Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan when they spoke up against intolerance.
A portrait of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah at the Students Union Hall of the AMU is at the centre of a raging nationwide debate. The portrait of Jinnah at the centre of the row has been there for 80 years. It was installed after Jinnah was accorded the lifetime membership of the AMU Students Union in 1938.
"White men saving brown women from brown men" wrote feminist scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in her seminal work "Can The Subaltern Speak?" What Spivak wrote in context of the larger colonial narrative, can be tweaked to reflect what's going on with the issue of Triple Talaq in India. It's a case of "Hindu men are saving Muslim women from Muslim men."
Did changing Elphinstone Station to Prabha Devi avert the tragedy there? The UGC needs to get real.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week advised BJP motormouths "to practice the art of silence." It was fair and much-needed advice from his high office as many in his party are prone to putting their (right) foot into mouth very often. But the PM only sent out half a message.
I see SRK almost struggling to make his presence felt on the screen in scenes with Nawazuddin, who owns every mm of it without even trying.
Men have a lot of excuses and explanations for what they do to you. Every stare at a public place, every slimy touch in a public transport, every snide remark that men make. Get one thing right, men have a reason for it. And when we can't come up with a good enough reason, and mind you that's very rare, we just pass it off as a joke. Yes, you heard it right. Violating...
When did we last see such bloodshed in the name of protecting cows? Can the BJP now tame the beast?
Asaduddin Owaisi has made a good beginning last week, but will he stay course?
The government and the Supreme Court must weigh in on the side of the Muslim women. The Muslims Personal Law Board must be shown it place.
Muslims have a serious leadership crisis today. But I am sorry to say, Mr Owaisi you are not the answer.
Now, the women have turned their veil into a parcham (banner) of revolt. They are pushing back against patriarchy like never before. "Enough" is their war cry.