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Crafting Peace Theoretically: A Case for Kashmir

By Javid Ahmad Ahanger
Let the state deconstruct the violence and fear which it has created by the power of force; let us build peace in the minds of humans so that no mother and father will receive the coffin of their child. Let peace be given a chance to decrease the demands of coffins that has tremendously increased because of violence.

Book Review: Sumana Roy’s ‘How I Became a Tree’

By Bhaswati Ghosh
She returns to Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s forest-centred novel Aranyak to unearth the mystery of man’s tense relationship with the forest. It is at once a place for finding repose as it is a resource to be exploited. Staying inside a forest all by herself enables Roy to experience the communality of trees, their shunning of individual prominence.

Alzheimer’s and Food

By Nishi Pulugurtha
For someone who earlier did not relish Bengali cuisine as it was not hot (she liked her food to be), she now likes it. She loves dishes that have a little bit of sugar added to it. A vegetable she detested was the pumpkin; it is her favourite now.

Parallels between Indian and Palestinian Partition

By Inamul Haq
In comparing and assessing partitions of British India and Palestine, one can see that different identities saw an opportunity for their national visions to materialize and all clusters used violence (communal) in defending their visions against the counterparts. The study has relevance for the modern period, because there is no stability in Palestine/Israel and India/Pakistan.

Two Poems on Kashmir

By Faakirah Irfan
Until they take down your voice
Gas light your memory
Make battlefields out of your universities
Make martyrs out of toddlers
The occupiers won’t stop.

What is the Right in India aiming for?

By Ananya S Guha
The symbols that I am talking about are now quite explicit. The recurrent ones are Shiva and Parvati. Even the Prime Minister countenances them in public ceremonies or gatherings. The problem with myths is that they are myths. To interface them with historical truths is problematic.