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The spatial apartheid of marginalized sections in India

By Sadiq Zafar
A procession of Dalits was attacked by a group of upper caste men in Bhima-Koregaon, Maharashtra. In UP’s Muzaffarnagar, a Dalit was beaten and forced to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’. On any given day, a few news anchors reveal a new geographical setting, where a Dalit has been subjected to violence, threat or abuse. Many a time, such incidents are filmed by the abusers and circulated over social media, which becomes the news later.


Book Review: Jeet Thayil’s ‘The Book of Chocolate Saints’

By Suranjana Choudhury
Dismas Bambai working with Indian Angle, a seedy news agency in New York, plays the interviewer, interlocutor, interrupter in Newton’s life. Newton Xavier is his subject. Through this venture, Dismas both creates and disrupts fictional illusions. He accumulates Newton’s childhood, his growth as an artist, his obsessive association with suicide, his whims and his desires.

The story of Rakesh’s drug abuse and suicide

By Rimli Bhattacharya
I got my first dose from Sofia; she has similar pain. So we are best friends and I love her. I want to marry her. I want to be a song writer, a rock star. I called you a bitch, slut, I am sorry. I don’t want to go abroad. I am tired. I need love, to be loved.

Encountering the State in Ranchi, Jharkhand

By Mujeebu Rahman
There is an intrinsic role of the relationship between state and society in the constant production of everyday violence. The more the state deviates from its legitimately restricted space, violence takes place in the society. In other words, when the different apparatus of state overtake their said roles, the relationship of state with society becomes violent, and that eventually brings conflict.

Revisiting English Studies in India: An Interview with Prof. Mohan G Ramanan

By P Dalai
This interview reveals the life and time of English Studies and career of an English Professor in India. At the backdrop of rising populism, deteriorating academic standards, and mere incorporation of western standards in evaluation and pedagogy in our times, Professor Mohan G Ramanan shares his personal and professional experiences in academics and universities to Dr. P Dalai.

Films: Four Reviews

By Prashila Naik
I like films that feel real, with real people, with real conflicts, and real imagery. This is probably why I have always been fascinated with the Art/Non-commercial films in India. Shorn of gloss and star power, it is these movies that have defined many of my most memorable movie moments over the years. What also adds to this magic is the potent melting pot that India is, with its multitude of languages and mini-cultures.

In Conversation with Author, Nabanita Kanungo

By Rashida Murphy
I first encountered the work of Nabanita Kanungo, when she sent me a book of her poems to read and review in my capacity as Books Editor for Café Dissensus. I started reading the poems and finished them in one sitting; easy enough for a slim volume, you might think. Then I read them again. For several days, I read the poems that still haunt me for their frank exploration of the violence embodied in landscape and the way language is used to convey both ‘resistance and retrieval’.

Two poems

By Faakirah Irfan
Tell the parents stuck in hospital lines
That their children’s eyes are nothing but
Collateral damage.