How was the Hyderabad Civil Service: A look into the 1940s

 In accordance with the 1919 Firman, Hyderabad Civil Service Committee was established and as a personnel agency it played a significant role in the management of civil services. It was independent in its functioning and no attempt was made to bring pressure on the decision-making process of the Committee. Continue reading How was the Hyderabad Civil Service: A look into the 1940s

Mission Kahmir: The relationship between Indian popular cinema and the mobilization of national desire

Mission Kashmir can manifest preoccupation with the traumatic impact of the Kashmir conflict on the national imaginary with its latent, discomfiting realization that wars are fought and won with the camera rather than the gun. Mission Kashmir can also be viewed as a self-conscious moment within a long history of the articulation of Indian desire for the Kashmir Valley through the cinematic apparatus we call “Bollywood.” Continue reading Mission Kahmir: The relationship between Indian popular cinema and the mobilization of national desire

Roja: How Bollywood portrays the Valley through a rose-tainted lens

Cinema’s renewed interest in Kashmir was catalyzed by a product of a regional film industry, whose competition with Bollywood parallels political contestations between Northern and Southern India. Mani Ratnam’s successful penetration of the national market with Roja—a first for a Tamil film—points not only to his timely capture of an older territory of desire hitherto dominated by Bollywood. Continue reading Roja: How Bollywood portrays the Valley through a rose-tainted lens

Shanu Lahiri’s world: A peep into art and love for art

Shanu Lahiri, D.Lit (2003), has been an established artist, educator, social worker, speaker, writer and illustrator. Her artistic career spanned over six decades. She was born in Calcutta, India in a family famous for art, which included the noted litterateur Kamal Kumar and eminent artist Nirode Mazumder. Continue reading Shanu Lahiri’s world: A peep into art and love for art

Why India requires flexible economic regulations in internet economy, informal sector, and MSMEs?

In terms of its size, population, diversity, natural resources, human capital, and global market, India’s economic development narrative is unlike any other. Several Indian economic laws, such as those governing taxation, banking, foreign exchange regulation, gold control, drugs, consumer protection, customs, and GST, are obviously and directly linked to economic regulation and resource raising. Continue reading Why India requires flexible economic regulations in internet economy, informal sector, and MSMEs?

Thal of Chamba: A piece of Gaddi heritage

The thaals are entirely and painstakingly handmade. Most commonly embossed images are the nine avatars of Vishnu, Ashtalakshmi the various forms of Maa Durga, Radha-Krishna and Shri Ganesh. The brass-made traditional ritual plate of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh is the Exhibit at Veethi Sankul of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya of Bhopal. Continue reading Thal of Chamba: A piece of Gaddi heritage

The lady doctors of India who altered the male-dominated profession

When we look at the history of women’s struggle to have their own careers in India, we salute these women, who have paved the way for many others. Women doctors in India who rise to become great are to be especially applauded as they often do so against a patriarchal system that can be discriminatory – many women doctors in India who began with aspirations might fall off the grid just on account of their gender. Continue reading The lady doctors of India who altered the male-dominated profession