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The grinding stone: A slice of south Indian life in Calcutta

By Nishi Pulugurtha
My dad tried to look it up here and was told that since only ‘Madrasis’ used it, it was not available in Calcutta. It might sound strange, but in my childhood, anyone from the south of India was referred to as a ‘Madrasi’. When people referred to me as one, I took great pains to explain that there was no such thing as a ‘Madrasi’ and that there were four south Indian states those days.

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Khap system and human rights in India

By Mujeebu Rahman
When human right is viewed from a universalist perspective, relativism seems unsustainable in the modern world, as even the most remote indigenous groups have been sustainably integrated into global politics, culture, and economy and are subject to ever-growing external influences.

Is the Indian ‘left’ very different from the ‘right’ in its dealing with marginal communities?

By Jaseem Tirur
The CPI (M) state machinery appears to be a mirror-image of the BJP, when it comes to dealing with Dalits and Muslims. Kerala’s silent support for its savarnas reinforces the state’s Islamophobia and anti-Dalit mentality, along dominant caste lines. But this can only be uncovered when we are ready to see what lies beneath the veneer of secularity and progressive politics of the leftists.

Short Story: A Hit Film

By Dev Chaudhry
The producer’s words broke his tandra, the reverie. In hard crisp and distant voice, he was saying, “Cut the girl from the story”. Without fully listening and comprehending what the producer had said, Bhudho said, “What? Remove the girl from the story? The girl is at the centre of the story. If we remove the girl, then what will be the centre of the story?”

India and Pakistan pick Kashmir for bloodbath

By Rameez Raja
Since the partition of India, Kashmir remained an unfortunate battleground for both states to express their anger against each other. Regrettably, it is only Kashmiri people, who have remained the victim of human rights violations between the two belligerent states.

Book Review: Rashid Askari’s ‘Nineteen Seventy One and Other Stories’

By Bina Biswas
In Nineteen Seventy One and Other Stories, Askari’s fictional aesthetic focuses on the exploration of characters, their motive, and psychology. His privileging of psychology over plot, characters’ interiority over external action frees his stories from the generic conventions of popular fiction. In the true modernist vein, the stories bring together psychological realism and physicality.

The inhuman politics of hate and rape

By Rahman Abbas
The surge in anger is not just because of the unimaginable cruelty inflicted on eight-year-old Asifa, but owing to the defense of the rapists by elected leaders of the BJP in UP and Jammu. What adds to the shame is the shameless mobilization of men and women and lawyers in the name of religion by the supporters of the rapists, i.e., the BJP leaders.