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Four Poems

By Suhit Kelkar
At your silent shrieking
to be born,
I point my bony finger
at some other womb.


Alienating Kashmiris while integrating Kashmir

By Shahid Jamal
The BJP and their supporters can’t deny the fact that even today the indicators of growth and development for Jammu & Kashmir are better than the indicators for Gujarat. The kind of poverty that we see in Gujarat and in rest of India often we don’t see in the streets of Kashmir.

Two Cheers for Indian Democracy!

By Ashley Tellis
The University of Hyderabad students, like Jawaharlal Nehru University students, and like students everywhere in this beleaguered country, are used to this sort of heckling, harassment and intimidation and continue to stand their ground, somewhat tiredly. It is a sad, sad country we live in.

National Education Policy Draft 2019 is silent on the plight of teachers

By Aarti Mangal
While praising the teacher for the development of children, the NEP is silent on the plight and the action plan on the contractual teachers in the country. It only says that the system of para teacher must be stopped by 2022. It is silent on what is to be done with a large number of contractual teachers who have been recruited under the schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and District Primary Education Programme (DPEP).

Abrogation of Article 370: A Kashmir without Kashmiris?

By Caroline Vimla and Inamul Haq
The ongoing situation in Kashmir echoes Frantz Fanon’s formulation that the colonial forces focus on two things: it creates a division and the frontiers are populated by barracks and military forces. It is the military man who is more powerful than anyone else and they are frequent in their actions in order to maintain contact with the natives. The creation of fear is one of the tactics the colonizer employs and, in the process, he uses brute forces.

A visit to the house of Alice Boner

By Vivek Nath Mishra
The building seems one of the foremost constructions at Assi Ghat, on the river bank. It is just next to the Harmony bookshop – a tiny, charming bookshop that attracts every passer-by like a flower attracts a bumblebee. It’s fairly easy to notice the bookshop as one goes down the street to the river but the house of Alice Boner is almost invisible. One passes it as one passes a beautiful roadside flower surrounded by the long grass.

An interview with the infectious disease specialist, Dr. Om Shrivastav

By Rimli Bhattacharya
In 2007, the doctors at Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, gave up all the hopes on my father. He as suffering from multiple transmissible indispositions. A heavily pregnant me still clung to hopes. When I asked the doctors for alternatives, Dr. Abhay Bhave, the hematologist under whom my father was initially admitted, referred to the infectious disease specialist Dr. Om Shrivastav.  

Speaking in Tongues: The Promise of Black-Dalit Women’s Dialogue

By Shilpa Menon
While Dalit women’s writings have always drawn from Black feminist ideas, why does Dalit-Black women’s solidarity, their speaking and writing on equal grounds as political allies, enter so late into the narrative of Dalit-Black solidarity and transnational women’s movements in general? And most importantly, what promises for a new paradigm of politics emerge when Dalit and Black women speak and think together?

Poetry: Oh Kashmir!

By Sabyasachi Nag
If I tear your veil and force my lips on the blue flame that burns
Your eyes, could you not keep them shut tonight? Not see, just sense?
Kashmir, why do you look at me and make me cry?