Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado (Lilado): Some Reflections

At a time when the need to preserve the authentic tradition of Lai Haraoba consumes public discourses on the issue, ‘Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado’ comes as a refreshing take. The venture by The Sangai Artiste Association is laudable in its effort to bring out aspects of a neighbourhood Lai Haraoba festivity that any common person can … Continue reading Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado (Lilado): Some Reflections

Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – The spectacle at Wagah

A short drive away from Amritsar runs the India-Pakistan border. The border drawn to create the two modern nations of India and Pakistan cuts through Punjab, the land of five rivers. There have been many stories about how the international lines ran through fields, villages and even houses. The stretch is now demarcated by barbwire … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – The spectacle at Wagah

Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – Jallianwalla Bagh Memorial

A few meters away from the Golden Temple and its Central Sikh Museum, stands the Jallianwalla Bagh, a name that is historic in the nationalist struggle as an example of the atrocities of the colonial power against the colonised and a symbol of non-violent struggle for freedom of Indian people. I first came to know about … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – Jallianwalla Bagh Memorial

Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – Central Sikh Museum @ Sri Harmandir Sahib 

Amritsar – a place that I had long been hoping to visit. The long awaited trip finally happened this year.  It was a short weekend visit within which we managed to cramp some of the predictable highlights of a first visit. Yes, I am sure if I had spent more time or a had planned … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – Central Sikh Museum @ Sri Harmandir Sahib