Category Archives: Culture & Society

Articles written by Kunal Majumder on Cultural issues

It is not just about gays any more

The apex court judgment to set aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgment on section 377 is a retrograde step towards equal rights for all citizens Read more »

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‘Arranged marriages are only good for parents’

IN 1989, Kashmir changed for ever. Militancy assumed an ugly face in the Valley, altering the lives of Kashmiris and putting a stop to Muzaffar Ali’s ambitious project — Zooni. Ali, then 43, had already made a name for himself through Umrao Jaan and was working on a film about Habba Khatoon, a poetess who lived in 16th century Kashmir and rose to become a queen. Unnerved, he returned to Delhi. Waiting to restart filming Zooni, he began a small project to make films on improving the habitat. At his new office in the Sarai Kale Khan area in south Delhi worked a 20-year-old architecture graduate from Gujarat’s Institute of Environmental Design — Meera Saluja. Read more »

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‘My dad lied to his friends that I was marrying a Parsi’

IN1989, Lal Krishna Advani embarked on his infamous rath yatra to mobilise the kar sevaks. As his procession travelled through north India, communal violence spread, leaving hundreds dead and a country, long known for its secular values, divided on communal lines.

This is when Kajal Sikka, 21, a Punjabi Khatri girl studying economics at Jesus and Mary College, and Aijaz Ilmi, 28, a Muslim boy from Uttar Pradesh who had just come to Delhi after completing his medical studies in Bengaluru, fell in love. Read more »

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‘We had promised each other we wouldn’t convert’

FAKHRUL NAQVY is 67. His wife Roda is 65. And they are anything but an elderly couple taking a walk at a children’s park. As the monsoon hits the city, the two have found a new escape: a game of Scrabble. And when they do take time out to have a chat, Fakhrul recalls his first meeting with Roda, a 23-year-old Parsi beauty, at Porbandar in 1968. Read more »

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Wearing Weird Clothes Means You’re Confident’

NARENDRA KUMAR AHMED, Designer What is your earliest memory? I remember our green Impala car we had when I was 3 or 4. Apart from that I remember playing a lot of hockey, cricket and football. I was pretty good at games. Something you wore when young, which would now embarrass you? Bell-bottom jeans! I Read more »

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