Ashutosh Bhardwaj | Author at https://www.outlookindia.com
Retired professor Rajeshwar Dayal Saxena had a Master’s degree and PhD from Sagar University before he began teaching Hindi literature in a college in Chhattisgarh.
Mulwasi Bachao Manch is a Bastar-based anti-mining Adivasi group that undertake peaceful protests in Silger and work towards opening new frontiers at other areas in the region
A resident of Basti district in Uttar Pradesh, Sitaram Das has some unusual friends. He calls out to them from this side of the pond, and they shuffle towards him.
Due to the persistent efforts of the Hasdeo Aranya Sangharsh Samiti, the Chhattisgarh Assembly recently passed a unanimous resolution urging the Union government to cancel all coal blocks in Hasdeo Aranya forest
The developments in Bihar send a message that the BJP is not invincible. It has been astute in managing maths and forging alliances, but if others play their cards well and are able to unite the fragmented opposition, the BJP may find it considerably difficult.
A look at encounter killings in India, their legality, the brutality, the lives that are left behind, the long ordeal for justice, and a State that refuses to lend an ear to the victims
The culture of rifles among Adivasis, aided by the ever-increasing deployment of paramilitary forces, has permanently mutated the central Indian forests in Chhattisgarh.
The friendship between Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher is a great instance of what politicians, often said to be skeptics, can achieve with trust and camaraderie.
The panel has so far looked only into routine offences like the Excise Act and has not examined even a single Naxal-related case under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and National Security Act that see the maximum and the longest incarceration of the adivasis in Bastar.
Rains are perhaps the most accessible and used motif in literature. Since rains offer a stunning range of states like light drizzle to massive floods, from lush greenery to excruciating humidity, it came to symbolize emotions ranging from joy, melancholy and longing to redemption and resurrection.
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship’s Secretary Rajesh Aggarwal speaks to Outlook about the social challenges in implementing vocational courses, women unemployment and the ministry’s plans for Agniveers.
Historiography under previous governments can, and should, be contested. But history that’s being rewritten under the present government is not merely to eulogise some leaders, but also, and more worryingly, to condemn several chapters of the past.
Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur talks to Outlook’s Ashutosh Bhardwaj on several issues ranging from the Khalistan challenge in Himachal, Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on Gyanvapi to student politics of the state. Edited excerpts:
Across states where insurgencies are rife, women are among the worst victims during security operations as justice elude the victims and errant security personnel are protected by the political machinery to save the government from embarrassment.
Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur spoke to Outlook on several issues ranging from the Khalistan challenge in Himachal, Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on the Gyanvapi to the student politics of the state.
‘The translator is the traitor’, they say in Italian. Such was the distrust and paranoia in Europe for translations that scholars were executed for translating the holy word. Five centuries later, an Indian author won a major literary award in the UK and shared it with her American translator, making it an apt occasion to discuss the status of translation in world literature.
Despite assurances by the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who emphatically said 'We will not let another Ayodhya happen', the country may be moving towards another Ayodhya.
If one thought that the Ram temple would assuage the injured Hindu pride, it’s not to be. As another Ayodhya now looms large over India, Swami Vivekananda’s wisdom may offer clues to healing the injured Hindu pride.
As the campaign to remove the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi gains momentum, another Ayodhya looms large over India.
Bastar has seen several Adivasi protests in the last few decades, but they have mostly remained short-lived and localised. The protests that began in a small village in south Chhattisgarh last year have spread across the seven districts of the Bastar zone, an area bigger than Kerala.
The warning signs are flashing for all to see. But no one is bothered. Not the people, nor the polity.
The Supreme Court decision will benefit those people who are booked under sedition for speaking against the government, for writing a Facebook post or a tweet against a politician, or cracking a joke against a politician.
Bulldozer is now being deployed to construct the perception of a tough leader, an urban legend, which gets intensified with monikers like Bulldozer Baba and Bulldozer Mama. It subverts principles of justice and philosophy of jurisprudence. It holds no negotiation or conversation with those it believes are its adversaries; it razes them to the dust.
The move to make Hindi the national language is a political project, the language becoming a tool for constructing national unity
Food becomes a tool of politics when it acquires ethical messages of abstention or becomes a culinary aesthetic