Sumit Paul

Sumit Paul is an advanced research scholar of Semitic languages, civilizations and cultures.

Stories By Sumit Paul

Love-jihad, conversion are later-day interpolations to pristine Islam

Love-jihad, conversion are later-day interpolations to pristine Islam

The brutal killing of a young girl, Nikita Tomar, by one Tauseef Ahmad in Haryana, has again brought into focus the oft-repeated issue of...Read More

Sahir Ludhianavi death anniversary: A poet-lyricist with a palpable social commitment

Sahir Ludhianavi death anniversary: A poet-lyricist with a palpable social commitment

Terribly disturbed by his dear and younger friend Mohammad Rafi's demise on July 31, 1980, Sahir also followed suit after a few months

A metaphor for the widening chasm

A metaphor for the widening chasm

Aruna Asaf Ali remained a Hindu till the end, despite marrying freedom fighter Asaf Ali. Sunil Dutt didn't change his religion after marr...Read More

Nostalgia: Soil from stalwarts' home

Nostalgia: Soil from stalwarts' home

SUMIT PAUL recounts the incident when he visited Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor’s ancestral homes in Pakistan and brought back some soil whil...Read More

Why no Indian ever got
the Nobel after Tagore

Why no Indian ever got the Nobel after Tagore

A one-off book or an isolated piece of work cannot be the criterion. There must be sustained quality over a period of time to get conside...Read More

Samina book review: Lovers of whodunnits will enjoy this nail-biting suspense thriller

Samina book review: Lovers of whodunnits will enjoy this nail-biting suspense thriller

To encapsulate, Samina will be loved by those who love to get goosebumps while reading and watching a thriller.

Seriously, have Indians lost 
their sense of humour?

Seriously, have Indians lost their sense of humour?

We are living in a pathologically intolerant country, with people who can't distinguish between a joke and an imprecation

Lata Mangeshkar birthday special: A tribute to the voice that's so ethereally unique and superlative

Lata Mangeshkar birthday special: A tribute to the voice that's so ethereally unique and superlative

Lata's voice has wavy variations which can make any song eternally mellifluous. One remarkable aspect of her voice is its everlasting, de...Read More

In turbulent times, the mystic's 
balm for the anguished soul

In turbulent times, the mystic's balm for the anguished soul

September 30 is the birth anniversary of Maulana Rumi

Shabana Azmi 70th birthday special: An actress-activist par excellence

Shabana Azmi 70th birthday special: An actress-activist par excellence

Shabana is indeed a woman who fights for rights and espouses the issues of social as well as universal significance.

Why do higher studies in India fail to plumb the depths of learning?

Why do higher studies in India fail to plumb the depths of learning?

How could 'The Study of the Coins of Shivaji's Times' be useful at any level or 'The Vicissitudes in the Life of a Mega Star' be of any i...Read More

Asha Bhosle: A vivacious voice

Asha Bhosle: A vivacious voice

As the legendary singer turns 87 today, SUMIT PAUL writes what makes the industry’s and everybody’s favourite Asha ji an impeccable songs...Read More

Eighteen is no age to get our girls married

Eighteen is no age to get our girls married

It's worthwhile to mention that early Indian society didn't approve of early marriages for men and women!... Eliot and Dawson's 'Indian H...Read More

Teachers' Day 2020: A salute to gurus in our lives

Teachers' Day 2020: A salute to gurus in our lives

A look at the relevance of Teachers’ Day (September 5) in changing times and climes

South Indians can't speak Hindi? Here's why you may be wrong

South Indians can't speak Hindi? Here's why you may be wrong

Language skirmishes and their ramifications from the Bhasha Vivaad in 1967 are still hidden in the consciousness of Indians

Credit de do yaar: The genuine angst of lyricists

Credit de do yaar: The genuine angst of lyricists

"Lyricists are talented, but jinxed people."-Mrinal Sen Titled ‘Credit De Do Yaar’, 15 lyricists from the Hindi film industry have penne...Read More

Gulzar: An intellectual highbrow

Gulzar: An intellectual highbrow

On the occasion of Gulzar’s birthday, SUMIT PAUL raises a toast to the legendary poet, lyricist, author, director and everybody’s favouri...Read More

Degrees of separation: Why just freedom from MPhil, let PhDs go too

Degrees of separation: Why just freedom from MPhil, let PhDs go too

Our education system has churned out the most number of MPhils & PhDs in the world! Are our students so brilliant?

Hinduism: An all-encompassing spiritual consciousness

Hinduism: An all-encompassing spiritual consciousness

Hindu consciousness is unadulterated and unalloyed spirituality which is evolving all the time and sloughing off the cumbersome redundanc...Read More

A tribute to Sadia Dehlvi: Lady who wore many hats adroitly

A tribute to Sadia Dehlvi: Lady who wore many hats adroitly

Sadia Dehlvi, a filmmaker, writer and an activist, lost a battle with cancer and passed away on Wednesday. She was 63.

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