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Photo-Essay: Trees

By Nilanjan Ray
Everything in this world is fleeting. People, events, and problems come and go. We get caught up in the small problems of our daily life. Yet, it is helpful to retain a sense of perspective. Empires have risen and fallen. New nations have emerged out of the ruins of the old. In this world, sometimes falsehood triumphs for a period of time, but every tyrant has eventually fallen. The trees remain constant, in this fleeting life.


Thalangara: The Rainbow Land of God

By Muhammad Razi T Hudawi
More than a profession to earn money, Thalangarites had an obsession to weave the warp and woof of the cap, as though they were caressing a lovely child. Resting on a sit outside their home, pious men would sew their caps in tune with the rhythm of Malappattu.

An interview with poet, Aditi Angiras

By Chandramohan S
The other is where they shun you for using art as activism, for turning poems into propaganda. The literary community is very neoliberal like that, it’s a market, they’ll sell whatever can get sold. For everything else, there’s the master card. Then they tell you what qualifies as poetry and what doesn’t, and if they’re gonna let you in to the academy or not.

Reflections: Ghoom Station

By Abhinay Dey
The place is called Ghoom, right? They wouldn’t have given the name unless it had something to do with sleep, my little self reasoned hopefully as I promised myself to build a house there when I grow up.

Short Story: The City Lights

By Srirupa Dhar
Rik is overtaken by the uncanny resemblances between the boy and himself. The idea of throwing up vanishes from Rik’s mind. Rik stares at his doppelganger – his own smiling eyes, thin nose, small, pointy ears, and cordate chin – who seems to say: “See yourself”.

Supriya Devi (1933-2018): The Legend of Bengali Cinema

By Rimli Bhattacharya
In 1960, she featured in Ritwik Ghatak’s iconic movie, Meghe Dhaka Tara (The Cloud Capped Star), where she plays the heart tugging role of Neeta, the sole earning member of an uprooted refugee family during the Partition of India. As she is admitted to a sanatorium because of consumption, she tells her jobless elder brother, who dreams to be a singer and with whom she shares a unique bond, that she wants to live. This movie was based on an eponymous Bengali novel by Shaktipada Rajguru.

Will the Hindutva Government Let Supreme Court Function as an Independent Institution?

By M Ghazali Khan
Only time will tell whether the brave judges taking a principled stand will be supported by fellow judges and lawyers in protecting the independence, sanctity and reputation of this hitherto highly respectable institution of India. The fact, however, is that if the filth of sectarian hatred is allowed to defile the sanctity of this great institution the worst victims of it will be religious minorities, specially the Muslims, and marginalised communities.

Aping the Ape: The Ministerial Guffaw

By Ananya S Guha
Our minister takes an extreme position. His is not a view that some mightn’t believe in the theory of evolution. He wants an outright rejection of Darwin. It is difficult to believe that the concerned minister is a doctoral degree holder. Our ministers seem to have a predilection for making sensational statements. The whole idea is to reject scientific temper, one of the cornerstones of our constitution.

Three Poems

By Yuan Changming
Hesitantly, the snowflakes keep
Swinging around until their final fall
To the ground, in thickening stillness

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.