MIRTH AND THE DUST-CLOUD: REMEMBERING VARIS ALVI

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March 15, 2018 Editor 0

“At this inevitable parting, how does one invoke reminiscences of that vivacious vitality that was Varis Alvi (Vāriṡ ʿAlavī)? There is a singular incongruity in referring to him in the past tense, for it would be in keeping with him to persevere unwaveringly in our dimension”, says poet Riyaz Latif in his “requiem for a friend.” …[Read More]…

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A KASHMIRI EDUCATION

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December 30, 2017 Editor 0

A college started in the ‘Widow’s Palace’ altered a whole society’s perspective on women; then, everything fell apart—in the crosshairs of sectarian violence. Neerja Mattoo traces the rise and fall of women empowerment and a syncretic culture in in Kashmir.…[Read More]…

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TRUTH IN THE ABYSS OF FREEDOM

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November 15, 2017 Editor 0

To succumb to slavish complicity with the princes of the world for some crumbs or to stand firm for Truth and Justice–that choice involves the decision of existence with no soft option. And truth,born in tragic thought in the abyss of freedom articulated through poetry, art philosophy must be sought for that infinite contestation with the hegemonic powers in place, says Saitya Brata Das.…[Read More]…

The Sorrowing Men

SWARAJ AND SOVEREIGNTY IN OUR TIMES

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September 30, 2017 Editor 0

In an age of globalization, the project of Swaraj is still incomplete wrote Ananya Vajpeyi in 2009, the centenary year of Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj. Today, more than ever before, Gandhi is appropriate because an Indian sovereignty that encloses its poor, its minorities, its separatist and dissenting constituencies in zones of exception and abandons them to the most egregious forms of violence and deprivation is not consistent with the idea of swaraj. …[Read More]…