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Reverse Swing: From Made up Art History to Art History in the Making
We are now just over a hundred years old with the history of our art history. A certain narrative and linear sequence has been established. Landmark moments have been etched. And, yet, the gaps in the canon seem stunning.
Reverse Swing: Shah-nama: One by One
As Amit Shah captures increasing floor space within the BJP architecture, he also seems to be perfecting along the way, this art of quickly lighting a few small fires to take attention away from the big ones.
Reverse Swing: Howdy, Modi?
Of course, we remember how you were smothered with the ra-ra cheers of your 19,000 Hindutva groupies at Madison Square Garden, when you pushed your way in soon after you had been elected Prime Minister.
Reverse Swing: The National Gallery of Modi-rn Art
The NGMA is an art institution whose charter is to promote, develop and showcase the best of art as well as to map the mind and critical voices of the nation through the artistic creations of its leading practitioners. To suddenly convert it into a venue for a jumble sale of the Prime Minister’s bric-a-brac is like a massive insult to the ethos of what it stands for and a repudiation of 65 years of its contribution to furthering the language of modern art in the country.
Reverse Swing: The VC, we see, wants a CV
The nation today needs only those listing to starboard. Those listing to port will need to visit correction or detention centres.
Reverse Swing: Day 26 - And it’s Still My Internal Affair
Even after 26 days of devoted, round-the-clock, armed-to-the-teeth demonstration of sheer affection, those grumpy Kashmiris have not woken up to the avalanche of selfless love that has been unleashed at them.
Reverse Swing: Dancing democracy
It has taken just two weeks for the mainstream media to take Kashmir off the front and tuck it away in the turn pages. And so, the lockdown and virtual house arrest of almost 8 million Kashmiris has now become ‘normal’, not meriting closer scrutiny.
Reverse Swing: The Culture of Conquest
It might take some more time for us to realise, as a people, that what we assume today as the preening, strutting glory vested in this culture of conquest is, in fact, our very defeat.
Reverse Swing: India vs India
Why were the Kashmiris systematically betrayed and alienated since 1947 through consistent lies, deception and skulduggery by a country whose national motto is ‘Satyameva Jayate’?
Reverse Swing: Travails of Ordering Tomato on Zomato
Before we draw up a National Register of Citizens, we must have a National Register of Religious Affiliations. All animals, birds, insects, trees, flowers, fruits, grains, pulses must be profiled and get their religious tag. The geographic index is irrelevant. It is the religious index that matters.