Tag: Perspective

Accepting not Tolerating

Unity in diversity has been one of the most overused topics for essay writing competitions in schools. The idea of diversity or ‘difference’ is fed to us from formative years. We are taught to accept people who look and live differently than us, to ensure that when we grow up as citizens we will have a positive feeling of brotherhood and solidarity towards people coming from diverse parts of the country.

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Kaya Film Review

Recently, I attended a screening of a short film at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. In today’s perspective article I will be reviewing, ‘Kaya.’

Before plunging into the review, here are a few details about the film itself.

Screening Date: 19th January 2019

Languages: Hindi, Marathi & English

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What’s in a name?

It’s a cold morning. The city is slowly awakening from its slumber from the previous night. Very few people are walking on the roads. Of the handful of people, a peculiar sight is that of a man perched up on the city boards. He is painting over the old, rusty name of Allahabad with a dazzling coat of ‘Prayagraj.’

The present political discourse has been flooded with the discussion of renaming Allahabad to Prayagraj. The past few weeks have been spent in trading fire between the opposition and the ruling party over the issue. It has aggravated further as talks of renaming cities like Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad etc. have surfaced in various parts of the country. The issue is definitely not as simple as it looks like.

What’s in a name? What is the purpose of a name? Why is a name so important?

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