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Nationalism: The measles of mankind

By Rev. Immanuel Nehemiah
Democracy is not ‘of’ but ‘off’ the people; the political parties thrive on electoral politics, political parties become mere defenders of their own party positions in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha and kill each other. Democacy is not for the people but for the rich who rob us blind as they blind us with national rhetoric.

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Concealing the spirit of cricket with jingoistic fervour: the Indian way

By Bilal Majid
The purpose of camouflage fatigues by the army across the world is to conceal their presence in any armed combat. However, the adornment of camouflage caps sponsored by Nike (US based multinational company making sports apparels and sports equipment) by Indian cricket team in the Ranchi ODI on 8 March 2019 against Australia was all about revealing: jingoism, hyper nationalism and bellicism which have clasped the whole nation since the Pulwama Attack.

Artwork: On Kashmir

By Jyotsna Dwivedi
It should have noticed the crawling shadows that stopped belonging to ‘people’
– ‘who belong to their own land’. 
It should have noticed the fumes rising out of their whispers,
Whimpering ‘what about us, our children, our land’.

What does India mean for a Kashmiri student?

By Suaid Rather, Mohammad Umar, and Sobia Bhat
Why are Kashmiris attacked though? Why is that every time a Kashmiri is seen amongst Indians, s/he is seen as the other, an enemy, a terrorist or at least a supporter of some supposed terrorist outfit, thereby blurring the line demarking a civilian and a musketeer?

Short Story: The Old Man in Grey

By Anirudh Kala
And people swear that both sides, which were just one side now with many roads connecting them, had in front of houses, many flowers which came out tentatively in light colours, as if testing waters. And the breeze was balmy and the sea actually cool at least in the evenings.

Book Review: Reading Rabindranath: The Myriad Shades of a Genius (Ed. Sutapa Chaudhuri)

By Nishi Pulugurtha
Reading Rabindranath: The Myriad Shades of a Genius thus offers various interesting and critical readings of the work of the writer. It presents a comprehensive analysis of some of his works, analysing them in the light of modern theories, in the context of the times in which they were composed, and in the light of the major social issues that Tagore voiced so clearly and boldly in them.

The long tradition of communal harmony in Kashmir

By Abid Ahmad Shah
In the town of Seer Hamdan, Anantnag, the legal heir of a deceased Hindu Pandit, namely Arzan Nath, is a Muslim man, Nissar Ahmad Wagay. He served the former during ups and downs of life. Arzan Nath was a government employee with no one to look after. Nissar Ahmad served him through the turbulent times and offered heart-touching services, which even a true descendant, could not offer.

In Uttarakhand, it’s time to talk over the Pulwama attack

By Malika Pandey
As someone from Uttarakhand, which has always been famous for its immeasurable generosity, I would like to say that we all need to continue to live up to our ideals. In times of crisis, we ought not to forsake our fellow beings. We need to understand the actual faultiness which have been blurred and how situations have turned out to be a battleground for power politics.