Tomorrow marks the beginning (for most Muslims) of the holy month of Ramadan. Considered sacred by Muslims primarily because it is the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, Ramada is also a time of austerity and self-discipline for Muslim people. Fasting from dawn to dusk in Ramadan is […]
Few historical figures are as revered and as abused the great Maratha hero, Shivaji Raje. In the state of Maharashtra, he enjoys demi-god status, immortalised in ballads, lore and legend. So great is Shivaji’s grip on the popular Marathi psyche, that any political entity hoping to gain mileage in the state makes it a point […]
It was initially with a sense of amusement that I read of the reaction of Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home to the sight of cheerleaders at the recent IPL match in Mumbai. Mantriji apparently thinks that it was “absolutely obscene” (http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1161274). Shatru bhaiyya agrees. Hardly surprising.
This is a rather familiar and sadly hypocritical line […]