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...Illustration by: C R Sasikumar On Good Friday recently, I found myself desultorily watching a film called Risen. Another movie of no particular distinction, except that this belonged to a peculiar genre — the Easter Weekend biopic. The difference was this — Risen is not about Christ’s life and death, but, as the title suggests, what happened afterwards. On Friday, he was crucified. On Monday morning, his disciples, visiting the cave in which he’d been buried, found the rock covering the grave had been displaced; the body was gone. From this arose the legend that Christ had “risen”. To counter this, the priests who had condemned Christ claimed his followers had stolen the body. The timings of the appearance of the risen Christ are contradictory. Some of them seem almost simultaneous; others are separated by a week. But it’s evident he was spotted many times. Recognition was invariably belated or retrospective. ...Indian Express on April 28, 2017, 12:02 a.m.
...If Woolf was not among us, it was surprising that her true counterpart in the contemporary world – reticent, difficult and transformative – should still exist. Woolf was a student of historical discontinuity. ‘Human character changed in 1910,’ she said. Given that break, Woolf felt she could no longer conceive of ‘character’ in her fiction in the way, say, George Eliot had. She even wondered if the word ‘novel’ was the right generic term for ‘To the Lighthouse’. Human character changed again in 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The market asserted its supremacy everywhere, and the interregnum that Woolf lived in – of modernity, with its peculiar affinity for the anarchic – appeared to draw to a close. In what way could she exist in our time? The great difference between the two, of course, is that Woolf died by her own hand at 59; Amonkar was 84 when she reportedly died in her sleep this week. ...TOI on April 7, 2017, 2 a.m.
...It seems it will mainly be of advantage to those looking for fresh opportunities to perpetrate violence in the name of the nation. The effect of the ruling will be the exact opposite of what it intends to be. No person who genuinely cares for the national anthem will now want to stand up when it is played because no such person will want to conflate deep-seated respect for the nation with a capitulation to, or participation in, vigilante violence or the threat of punitive measures adopted by the state. Nationalists will, as a result, be strongly tempted to remain seated while the anthem is played precisely because the Supreme Court has sanctioned its misuse for the purposes of political and state intimidation, and as an instrument for the suppression of the freedom of expression. ...TOI on Dec. 16, 2016, 2 a.m.