Musings on Martyrdom: Ibaadat sey Shahdat!

Undeniably, those that give their all for nothing and win everything for the people at large are made of sterner stuff. Philosophically I would dare surmise the struggle for freedom is relentless and inexorable and our present is but milestones of this forward journey? A practical Vibhishan, righteous Karna, dithering Hamlet, a sacrificing Khudiram are the stuff of human imagination and reality all seeking in many ways to liberate the shackled. In this, the numerous struggles of the wretched shall also remain unknown. And until then today’s martyrs shall become tomorrow’s traitors, as new historians not sponsored by the state investigate, scrutinize, reflect, record and inform.

The Killing of the flood-plains of the Yamuna

Once again icons and celebrities with their socio-cultural messages have muddied the "flood-plains' of the Yamuna passing through the lacerated heart of Delhi.Questions abound.Did not the government, media and alert activists not know of this mega-event? Do we not hold such events on river beds since a long time, especially the Kumbh Mela? Is our…