Category Archives: Philosophy

कवि का मोक्ष कविता है

sudhir-ranjan-singh‘मोक्षधरा’ सुधीर रंजन सिंह का दूसरा काव्य संग्रह है। इनके पहले और दूसरे संग्रह के बीच दो दशकों की लम्बी समयावधि, जहाँ एक तरफ कवि की परिपक्वता से हमें आश्वासित करती है, वहीं दूसरी तरफ कवि की अपनी ज़मीन को धैर्यपूर्वक तलाशने के प्रति प्रतिबद्धता की ओर भी इशारा करती है। इसी बीच उन्होंने भर्तृहरि के काव्य श्लोकों की अनुरचना का महत्वपूर्ण काम किया है। ‘मोक्षधरा’ की कविताओं में भी वह झलकता है। वही सघन जीवन-बोध जिसमें राग और विराग समान अनुभव के दो छोर हैं। कवि कभी चिड़िया में सूर्योदय को दुबका हुआ देखता है, तो कभी लोगों का अपने-अपने बसों में घुसना अपने घरों में घुसने की तरह देखता है। Continue reading

Why Bhagat Singh matters

bhagat_singhFull text of my speech delivered on 21st March, 2015, in a session organized by Progressive Writers and Artists Association at Freedom Park, Bangalore. Thank you India Resists for publishing this. Please click here to read further.

A programmer’s null and a philosopher’s nihilism

null_nihilBeing software engineers, we use null as a value that is unavailable, unassigned, unknown, or inapplicable. It is neither a zero nor a blank space. A database designer uses a null to indicate a data value that does not exist in the database. A programmer uses a null pointer for an uninitialized, undefined, empty or meaningless value. It is believed that a null reference is probably the worst mistake made in programming. I will argue otherwise. Continue reading

Kaise insaan ho tum? Apna pet nahi bhar sakte?

thookThook, meaning spit, written by Sandeep Shikhar and Iravati Karnik, devised by the Indian Ensemble and directed by Abhishek Majumdar, is a play on food, trade and the prevalence of hunger in India. The play comprises of four short stories bound by a single theme, presented in documentary style. From the Bengal famine of 1943 to the aftermath of neo-liberal economic reforms, the play goes on to depict the one single theme of hunger and poverty in India from different perspectives. Continue reading

Notes on Forrest Gump


I had first watched Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) as a teenager, and loved it back then. A recent re-watch has changed my opinion. For one thing, the film surpassed Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption in Oscars. But since awards rarely define greatness, let’s skip that part. What really bothers me is the conservative undertone of the film. Continue reading

Artistic science scientific arts

science_artsIn a previous article I had initiated a discourse on art, and it’s relationship with science. Science gives us conceptual knowledge of the situation, and art helps us experience it. However, there is more to it. Science, more than anything else, also gives direction to art, true, in a very complex sense. Continue reading

Art and ideology

Pablo-Picasso-Painting-001When a nawab smokes his hookah, he takes pride in it belonging to the times of his great-grandfathers. Rarely does he realize, that each part of the hookah has been replaced numerous times in the life span of the nawab himself. May it be the base, the hose, the shaft or the grommet – not a single part is old enough. What then brings pride to the nawab? Well, it’s the continuity of the usage of the hookah that matters. Art – just like tradition – shares a similar relationship with ideology. Continue reading