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P. more creative, The US leader’s remarks were made in an interview posted on the podcast “The Axe Files, On this show,” says Ming-liang.com For all the latest Mumbai News,London.salad bowl?according to themdoes not generate cohesion; a melting pot does Hinduism is the centre of Indian nationhoodand all others must assimilate into the Hindu centreor melt into the Hindu pot Via ekya (assimilation)argued Savarkarminorities will prove their loyalty to the nation Though Savarkars argument was about religious minoritiesthis view also had a regional dimension Hindu nationalists were originally in favour of Hindi for all and political centralisation By nowpolitical experience has changed them At the very leastthey have accepted federalism as a convenient administrative device for running a continent-size polity The new concept of state-nation isof courseagainst the melting pot concept of Indian nationhood But it also disagrees with Nandys salad bowl view A state-nation does not simply safeguard diversities; it also simultaneously nurtures a commitment to the larger Indian political community In IndiaI thinkthe institutions that have played a key role in generating all-India loyalties includehistoricallythe Congress partythe armed forcesthe Indian administrative service (IAS)the IITs and IIMscentral high schoolsthe Supreme Courtand over the last two decadesthe Election Commission The hypothesis that Bollywood and cricket have enlarged the corpus of all-India loyalties also has enormous plausibility The IAS is rightly criticised for its red tape and for obstructing Indias economic progress But from a nation-building perspectiveanother side of the IAS deserves fresh scrutiny Since IAS officers are part of both Centre and states they are selected by Delhi but assigned to a state cadre they are in many ways an embodiment of the state-nation concept Their incentives are structured in such a way that even when they serve statesDelhi is never far away from their consciousness A simultaneous pursuit of recognising diversity and building unity is not an easy political task Indias record is not perfectas secessionism in some states has clearly demonstrated But surveys show that despite their diversitiesmore than 85 per cent of Indians are very proud or proud of Indiaa figure higher than it is for Switzerland and Germanyin the same league as SpainCanada and Braziland only lower than the US and Australia Moreoveronly 12 per cent of Indians say that their identity is entirely regional; every two out of three Indians claim that their identity is nationalor more national than regionalor equally regional and national What are the implications of this discussion for the current debates on Centre-state relations Firstlike John Stuart Mill before himTwain was wrong to believe that diversities precluded emergence of national feeling; despite diversitiesIndian nationhood is quite strongthough it couldof coursebe stronger Indias increasingly nationalised urban middle class need not be concerned about rising state assertion SecondDelhi needs to think whether its NCTC and Lokayukta proposals are about generating an all-India loyalty and uniformityor about imposing Delhis view on states Since evidence suggests that Indian nationhood has acquired substantial strengthit would make sense to put up with state desires rather than ride roughshod Accommodation of states is perhaps pragmatically necessary in an era of coalitions It is also the right thing to do on some questionsif not all The writer is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and Social Sciences at Brown Universitywhere he also directs the India [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: May 24 2017 5:58 pm Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas was screened again at Cannes Film Festival 2017 Related News Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali whose 2002 romantic drama Devdas was screened at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 15 years after its release says Indian films are now being increasingly embraced internationally due to the warmth they exude with their heavy dose of emotions Excerpts from the interview: Q What aspect of our films do you think international audiences enjoy the most I think our cinema is being appreciated for its melodramatic warmth Even in the West people are now eager to express themselves more openly They aren’t bashed by open expressions of emotions Indian films exude a lot of warmth At a time when the world is clogged with bitterness it’s reassuring to experience a cinema where the smallest of emotions matter Also Indian cinema is celebratory in mood There’s a song for every occasion That’s again a novel experience for western viewers Indian films have their own distinctive stamp and audiences out there find them great fun to watch That why they good-humouredly call us Bollywood You and I may hate the term But that’s how Indian cinema is going to be known for a long time When I showed “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” in Berlin they called it a ‘dancycle’ They were thrilled to see the musical celebration of universal emotions They find the novelty of it all very endearing They have seen and appreciated other cinema from Asia Now it’s our turn Q Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has presented your Devdas again at Cannes 15 years after it released Your thoughts It fills me with immense pride and amazing memories of the times when we made the film against all odds and took it to Cannes Devdas was selected in the non-competition section of the Cannes Film Festival It was not easy making Devdas I suffered a lot When the film was invited to Cannes it felt like my two and a half years of penance has paid off It was God’s way of telling me ‘You’ve suffered enough Now it’s time for the happiness to begin’ I had to move at twice my original speed to get the film ready in time for Cannes We were caught completely by surprise We had sent them an almost-finished film on BETA video But there was no time for fine tuning Devdas was meant to be seen on the large screen That the Cannes jury appreciated it on the small screen is a miracle When the e-mail arrived from Cannes it was a very important moment in my life I felt happy from deep down in my being For the first time in two and a half years I was excited about something other than making the film Also Read |I’ve never made it fulcrum of my existence: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on criticism Q I believe Devdas was the first mainstream Hindi film to be selected for Cannes Yes it was the first film in the popular format Cannes is more into the avant-garde cerebral non-mainstream cinema It is a platform for committed filmmakers who get a voice and a market in the festival The Devdas selection made me very happy To me it seemed like an opportunity for a completely new kind of audience to see our cinema When you don’t plan success it becomes far more important to you than otherwise Q Like your earlier work Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Devdas also stressed exotic Indian culture Do you think the earlier film paved the way internationally for Devdas Not really Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam did make quite an impression in international cinema But I don’t think that film would play any role in the impact of Devdas The importance of the selection of Devdas for Cannes lay not just in it being a mainstream Hindi film but also its classical format of presentation It was not about universal sentiments designed to cut across the world My film’s sentiments and emotions were very peculiar and specific to a certain part of our culture and period in history The songs dances costumes performances and sets all revealed a culture that existed a hundred years ago Q We had Satyajit Ray’s cinema then Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan Do you think these paved the way for your Devdas in the west Obviously an Indian film representing our country abroad which creates an impact makes a difference to the way our cinema is perceived internationally However when the Cannes representatives saw the film Lagaan hadn’t become a big event outside India Today when we look at Lagaan we feel it created a space abroad for Indian cinema We now feel our content style and mood of moviemaking are being given a fair chance abroad Satyajit Ray Mrinal Sen Shahji Karun and Lagaan did get our cinema recognition At the same if a new film is selected for an international festival it isn’t necessarily because of those other films and filmmakers who gained international recognition earlier on Cannes opened up a whole new world for Devdas For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | New Delhi | Published: January 7 2017 5:38 pm Sadhana Sargam will sing at a concert titled Roshan Se Roshan Tak Top News Singer Sadhana Sargam who has worked in Bollywood and other regional film industries says she enjoys melodious songs adding that film music has changed a lot Considering the fact that she does not sing in Bollywood so often and asked if she has any preferences Sargam said she loves songs that have strong melody “The music has changed (in film music) and there are various genres that we get to hear now I love songs that have strong melody Unless I am getting that how could I sing But new singers are also talented and they fit in to the trend As a singer I love the celebration of melody in songs” Sargamsaid The singer who is currently busy preparing a list of songs for a concert titled “Roshan Se Roshan Tak” said that it is quite a task to choose a few from a long list of super hit songs of Rajesh Roshan that she sang all through her career With a combination of young and veteran singers and a 50 piece orchestra music director Rajesh Roshan is holding the concert in Thane and Vadodara on January 28 and February 11 respectively to commemorate the journey of three generations of his family Sargam feels “one of the special factors of song recording earlier was rehearsal that helped me to pick up many nuances of playback singing especially expression” Also read |In Conversation with the Soul: Prabha Atre on being the least-recorded artiste of hertimes Starting her musical journey at the very tender age of four under the tutelage of her mother Neela Ghanekar a classical singer Sargam lent her voice for popular song “Sooraj ek chanda ek tare anek” for Doordarshan at the age of six She has explored all the platforms — be it films television or pop album Talking about the popularity of her song “Jab koi baat bigad jaye” from the film Jurm composed by Rajesh Roshan Sargam said: “As a singer I treated all the songs with equal passion but I had no idea that it would be such a hit song I think though it is an old song people can still relate with it” More from the world of Entertainment: “Roshan Se Roshan Tak” — partnered by 927 big FM — also features singers like Sudesh Bhosle Palak Muchhal Jubin Nautiyal Udit Narayan Babul Supriyo Mohammad Aziz Shivranjani Amay Date and Pratibha Baghel For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: November 12 2014 12:04 am Related News Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims made during his election campaign as “hollow” and “full of bluster” the CPM’s People’s Democracy questions the claim that his government would ensure black money stashed away in foreign banks would be brought back and used to improve the lives of the people “The Supreme Court had rapped the Modi government on its knuckles when it produced three names in return for the information sought by the apex court in a case on black money it has been hearing for the past five years These were the same names that the erstwhile UPA 2 government had made public” says the editorial It goes on to list other remarks made by the SC in this regard calling these “unprecedented” and claims the recent remarks show the “Modi government is shamelessly trying to protect those who stashed away black monies abroad” “This is in total contrast to all the tall promises made by Modi and the BJP during the election campaign Bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks was one of the biggest election promises” the editorial adds UNITING THE LEFT The CPI’s New Age says the four Left parties are working on their resolve to widen the unity of the Left forces “With the BJP-led NDA government in power at the Centre and capturing power in the two crucial states of Haryana and Maharashtra the threat of a total rightwards shift in the country’s policies particularly the economic policies has become real Its ascent to power is not just the transfer of power from one party or combination to another set of parties It is a fundamental change” argues the editorial Claiming the NDA government represents a “combination of corporate capital right-wing political and ideological entity” the editorial states the government is “in a haste to ruthlessly impose the policies of neoliberalism that has caused immense loss to the national economy… Simultaneously it has launched a virulent attack on the common people particularly the working class…” “With this grim scenario it has become imperative to fight back the rightist offensive unitedly… Nobody can doubt the Left for its commitment to communal harmony and defence of secularism People know and believe that the Left is the only genuine secular force in the country” it concludes Compiled by Ruhi Tewari For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: June 16 2017 1:07 am Simona Halep is the latest top player to pull out from the event (Source: AP) Top News World number two Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham due to a right ankle injury organisers said on Thursday Halep the beaten finalist in the French Open last week is the latest top player to pull out from the event after Czech world number three Karolina Pliskova opted to rest her injured elbow ahead of Wimbledon Poland’s tenth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska and Monica Puig of Puerto Rico have both pulled out citing illnesses Heather Watson the second-ranked British woman behind world number eight Johanna Konta has been handed a wildcard along with compatriot Naomi Broady World number one Angelique Kerber two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and 2016 WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova will all be in action at the WTA Premier level tournament in Birmingham For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Barcelona | Published: July 21 2017 7:32 pm Ther council plans to call a meeting of its own executive committee to agree on the temporary suspension of Villar and the other federation executives (Source: Reuters) Top News Spain’s sports authority is seeking the temporary removal of the president of the Spanish Football Federation after his arrest and imprisonment in an anti-corruption investigation The Higher Council for Sports said it will ask Spain’s administrative court for sports to open a disciplinary procedure against the executives of the Spanish soccer federation which has been headed by president Angel Maria Villar for almost three decades The council said that after knowing the court’s decision it plans to call a meeting of its own executive committee to agree on the temporary suspension of Villar and the other federation executives Angel Maria Villar his son Gorka Villar federation vice president Juan Padron and the secretary of the regional football federation of Tenerife Ramon Hernandez were arrested on Tuesday during police raids of the offices of the national federation in Madrid several regional federations and private properties National Court judge Santiago Pedraz questioned all four suspects on Thursday Afterward he denied bail for the Villars and Padron The judge set bail for Hernandez at 100000 euros ($116000) A state prosecutor accused the four officials of improper management misappropriation of funds corruption and falsifying documents Judge Pedraz said the 67-year-old Villar is suspected of misappropriating private and public funds received by the federation “at least since 2009” The elder Villar is also FIFA’s senior vice president and a vice president of UEFA As president of the Spanish federation since 1988 he oversaw the 2010 World Cup title and two European Championships won by Spain For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News extreme weather events, ?

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