The Blog of Cafe Dissensus Magazine – we DISSENT

A conversation with screenwriter, Mayank Tewari

By Murtaza Ali Khan
The Accidental Prime Minister has pushed the envelope greatly and I think now a lot of people will seek out material like this and try and adapt it into a film or a TV series.

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For how long will Kashmiris suffer?

By Aijaz Ahmad Turrey
Why are Kashmiris being asked to leave as soon as possible? Why are anti-national slogans like ‘Desh kay ghadharo ko, goli maro salun ko’ being raised against them? What is their crime? This communal and ethnicity-based violence is dividing people. They are also the citizens of the country. They also have feelings and should be treated well like they do with 10 lakh in-migrants from different parts of the country.

How to read the unemployment figures in India

By Kashif Islam
The unusually high unemployment figure of 6.1 % and a fall in the labour-force participation rate as reported by the PLFS may well be the result of demonetisation, something that the government has never openly acknowledged, and for which it needs to be held accountable. But, clearly there is a long way to go before the unemployment number in itself starts conveying any useful information about the economic welfare of the Indian people.

Two Poems

By Raeesa Usmani
So travel,
To know not only new space
But also novel self
Lying under layers
Within You
Unexplored and unveiled.

Of shocking killing videos: The smokescreen of morality in Kashmir

By Waqas Farooq Kuttay
Most of the militants active at present are around twenties; with limited experience of life they seem to operate without any code and purely out of passion on many occasions. It looks like they can kill anybody they want. The problem is that a 14-year-old, killed in an encounter at Bandipora was called a martyr, and no one dared to call him a child soldier.

Gully Buoy

By Kamayani Sharma
Rather than fantasies of global superstardom, the dreams and struggles of Khirkee 17 suggest other worthwhile possibilities: of communitarian resistance to market appropriation, of the intrinsic value of a creative life. It’s that spirit that infuses hip-hop and has caused their own lives to be stabilized and enriched, if less dramatically than some of their peers’.

Telliscope: Saying ‘No’ to violence

By Ashley Tellis
It tells us something about the nature of our commitment to the principles of democracy that we capitulate so easily to pressure from goonda politics. All that needs to be done, it appears is to threaten violence and institutions cower, apologies pour forth. This shows that we are living in a goonda raj and not in a democracy.

Travelogue: Unplanned

By Goirick Brahmachari
Norah Jones, after an early breakfast is recommended on a shiny day here. October is a good old friend. The breeze smells familiar, of fresh weed and life. Even the wildest grass smells good. Little, wild, hippie flowers, trees and stones, rocks. The flowing water.

Two Poems

By Tikuli
I dip my brush again as the pigeons rise
followed by the squirrel
and the upstairs neighbour
pounding fresh ginger for morning chai

A conversation on craft with author Sucharita Dutta-Asane

By Varsha Tiwary
The stories in Sucharita’s collection, Cast Out and Other Stories, pull you into their world with a shiver of recognition. They explore the world that lies beneath the fact ridden headlines that shock and then numb every Indian. The characters belong to the world of the forgotten, the overlooked, the ones buried in history, mythology, memory. They ask difficult questions, without falling in the trap of giving easy answers.