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Book Review: Gopal Lahiri’s ‘Return to Solitude: haiku and other short poems’

By Nishi Pulugurtha
Gopal Lahiri’s Return to Solitude: haiku and other short poems, published by Hawakal Publishers, is a slim volume of poetry written in genres not very often used in India. A bilingual poet who has authored seven collections of poems in English and Bengali, editor, critic and translator, Lahiri has also written short stories.

Short Story: Beware! Migrants Are Coming!

By Sunil Sharma
I was everywhere, yet nowhere. Hounded out everywhere. Cursed. Powerless. No voice. No clout. The dispossessed. I am Mr. Nobody. A human, yet not human. A native, yet an alien among my own. A man without any dignity. A soft target everywhere. An unseen man. A zero man. Phantom.

Memoir: Pickled

By Nishi Pulugurtha
This year avakai arrived a week ago by courier – my cousin, Valli, made sure we get it fresh. This morning, my aunt, Amma’s sister, called up saying she had prepared magai and a couple of other types, menthi avakai and thokkudu pachadi, all made from raw mangoes.

7th ICSDAP Conference on Social Unrest, Peace and Development

By Rashid Askari
Huntington’s apprehension cannot be glossed over when we see the harrowing incidents of 9/11, the rise of Al-Qaeda, ISIL and the reactive co-radicalization called Islamophobia, the latest manifestation of which happened in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the name of ‘White Supremacy’. ICSDAP conference must act as a resistance to what Huntington is apprehensive of.

The aftermath of abrogation of Article 370

By Ishfaq Majid & Varinder Singh
The television channel “Gulistan” worked like a messenger for the people of the valley by telecasting a special program “Apnun k Naam Paigam” in which the people from J&K who are currently out of the state came up with video and audio messages for their loved ones living in Kashmir.

Kashmir and Coloniality of Power

By Ishupal Singh Kang
The current move by the government has significant resemblances with the tools employed by the British Empire in putting an entire population under subjugation. The modus operandi of such a rule – measures, technicalities and tricks – that have been associated with colonial era continues to be the dominant and desirable strategy for a postcolonial state like India.