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Friday August 12, 2022

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film censorship in India
Chronicles

Cinema, Sensibilities and Censorship in India

Since every act of the so-called ‘free speech’ has certain political underpinnings, either endorsement or admonishment for free speech on any given issue depends not on the merit of the speech in itself, but on other practical or political concerns.

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music for the soul
Chronicles

Music for the Soul

Like with most Anglo-Indians I grew up on a steady dose of Ronnie Milsap, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline and Tanya Tucker, but later in my teens found myself gravitating towards Indian popular music and Kishore Kumar and Pankaj Udhas became my favourite singers.

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scratches on the record
Chronicles

From an Historian’s Notebook: Scratches on the Record

I was listening to a CD of an old Joni Mitchell album, and it soon turned out I was playing an awkward historian’s joke on myself. I had got to the song about ‘playing that scratchy rock and roll’, and had then noticed I was listening for the scratch. On that track, though not in the exact place of that lyric, on my father’s copy of the record, there had indeed been a scratch.

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Islamic prayer Namaaz
Chronicles

Leap of Faith

God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac in His honour. Abraham is at a loss; he does not understand how a nation can emerge out of Abraham without the survival of his son.

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Artist's impression of the proposed Bnei Menashe heritage center
Chronicles

Bnei Menashe Indian Jews

The Bnei Menashe consider themselves the descendants of the Biblical Menashe, son of Joseph, who they call Manmasi or Manmasia. In Manipur they are identified as Kukis and as Mizos in Mizoram. After more than fifty years of asserting Jewish claims, the Bnei Menashe, “the children of Menasseh,” were recognised by the Chief Rabbi of Israel (2005) which made them eligible to make “Aliyah” (emigration) to Israel.

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