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IAS aspirant to auto driver — how Chennai’s gully boys & girls fight inequality with music

The Casteless Collective, founded by filmmaker Pa. Ranjith and music producer Tenma, has grabbed attention with its use of gaana music and powerful lyrics.
Zoya Akhtar

With Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar is no longer the princess of posh people’s pain

From Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do to Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar is now a chronicler of deep class divide and a poet of possibilities.
Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy | Ranveer Singh/Facebook

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy simmers with rage, and allows Ranveer Singh his own Bachchan glory

With a well-cast ensemble featuring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin, Dharavi-set ‘Gully Boy’ is a film emblematic of the times.
Graphic by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Beyond Gully Boy, India’s underground rap & metal scene is coming of age

In these politically-charged times, young rappers and metal artistes are taking the two musical forms back to their roots as the 'voice of the people'.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.