Sunday, August 17, 2003
consciousness and mass media constitute three major components of
contemporary social reality in any given culture. We, in India,
are poised at a very crucial juncture in our history where all the
three constituents are in a state of re-definition and
reformulation. It’s the proliferation of mass culture that has
had far-reaching consequences for both language and mass media.
battles for survival
IT is still raining cheques in
the Bismillah Khan household at Benia Bagh in Benares. Right from the
President and the Prime Minister of India to sundry chief ministers,
NRIs, artistes, philanthropists and well-wishers, everybody seems
anxious to help out the 87-year-old shehnai maestro in his hour of
More than a bus,
it’s a bridge of faith
Delhi-Lahore bus, put back on track on July 11, was once again hailed as
a historic step on the long road to Indo-Pak peace. The Wagah border
came to life with jubilant crowds on both sides, bringing back memories
of the momentous bus ride by Indian Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee on
February 20, 1999 when he was received at the same border with a warm
hug by Nawaz Sharif, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan.
fact that was obliterated in the communal turmoil visiting Punjab on
the eve of Independence is that the Punjabis never wanted Partition.
They did not vote for it. In fact, when the modalities of Partition of
the subcontinent were being hammered out, the Punjab had a Unionist
Government headed by Khizar Hyat Tiwana. The latter had Hindus and
Sikhs, along with Muslims, in his cabinet giving due representation to
the leading political parties in the state.