Newsworthy

Newsworthy

Image Courtesy: Tumblr A good bit of thought goes into framing the front page of a daily. One is confident that this, of all the scenarios imaginable in a media house, must be the case. Faith is of the essence. And with such faith can Her Bovinity be far behind? With the front page of…

Remembering Hashimpura After Thirty Years

Remembering Hashimpura After Thirty Years

Thirty years after the Hashimpura massacre, we republish this interview with Vibhuti Narain Rai, author of Hashimpura 22 May, by Teesta Setalvad, co-editor of Communalism Combat. India's first ever mass custodial encounter massacre took place  on 22 May 1987, during the Hindu–Muslim riots in Meerut city, state of Uttar Pradesh, India, when 19 personnel of the Provincial Armed…

“Are the murderers of Kalburgi not being nabbed because they’re from the Sanatan Sanstha?”: Keki Daruwalla

“Are the murderers of Kalburgi not being nabbed because they’re from the Sanatan Sanstha?”: Keki Daruwalla

Keki N. Daruwalla, poet, fiction writer, and a former officer with the Indian Police Service, speaks to Souradeep Roy for our latest feature on writing and politics. Having served in the police force for decades, he recalls how he had led encounters, nabbed criminals, but had always ordered his force to show maximum restraint. Now, deaths in encounters are lauded….

“When will this plot be foiled?” Remembering the Revolutionary Somen Chanda on His Birth Anniversary

“When will this plot be foiled?” Remembering the Revolutionary Somen Chanda on His Birth Anniversary

In a telling passage from Somen Chanda’s story “Riot”, Ajoy, the protagonist Ashok’s younger brother, bitterly admonishes the latter for failing to identify with his militant “Hindu socialist” ideology. This period emerges in the wake of a gruesome riot that polarises the people of the town into two religious identities. In a bid to drive…

Mohandas Nemishrey Discusses Dalit Participation in Sahitya Akademi

Mohandas Nemishrey Discusses Dalit Participation in Sahitya Akademi

Eminent Dalit writer Mohandas Nemishrey highlights the biases and prejudices prevalent against the marginalised communities in state funded intitutions such as the Sahitya Akademi. He discusses his experiences as a writer, and the continued discrimination against writers on the basis of their caste which limits their participation on such platforms, and generally excludes their works from what the state sponsors…

“Joining Hands Will Join Our Hearts” Says Irom Sharmila as African And North East Students Unite Against Racism

“Joining Hands Will Join Our Hearts” Says Irom Sharmila as African And North East Students Unite Against Racism

Students from Africa and the North East joined hands to protest against the growing intolerance in India, reflected in increasing racial discrimination and physical attacks on both. Both communities spoke of a similar pattern of discrimination ranging from catcalls and abuse on the streets, to discrimination in renting accommodation, to increasing physical attacks at a…

‘मैं सब समझते हुए भी लोगों को नहीं समझा पाती’

‘मैं सब समझते हुए भी लोगों को नहीं समझा पाती’

Mirai Chatterjee, Rolee Srinath, Saba Sharma, Radhika, Shaminaj Khan A series of interviews, begun on International Working Women's Day, with women teachers, journalists, musicians, students, lawyers, startup employees – all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields – discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life. Stay tuned for more!   'Three hares looking at the moon', ca….

Six Poems by Arjun Rajendran

Six Poems by Arjun Rajendran

Prodigy You can’t watch me though, I told her, then emerged from the room after five minutes looking triumphant, pocketing her money immediately. She didn’t care she lost the bet. She was proud her son was a prodigy, and never figured it out herself. That all I did was peel and re-arrange stickers on the…

[Book Extract] A Girl Swallowed by a Tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold

[Book Extract] A Girl Swallowed by a Tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold

Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University. She has translated and compiled the first anthology of Lotha-Naga folktales entitled A Girl Swallowed by a Tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold. Describing the book as a “personal imperative”, Nzanmongi believes that producing more literature from North East India…

Spreading the Word

Spreading the Word

    message me if more are killed or blasted by a mine or attacked by a cowherd I'm 24/ 7 on the mobile or some App simply message me I’ll review all recent deaths and order an inquisition as to: were they due to cow slaughter or a terrorist attack or farmers' suicides or…

‘What did you pack him for his lunch?’

‘What did you pack him for his lunch?’

  A series of interviews, begun on International Working Women's Day, with women teachers, journalists, musicians, students, lawyers, startup employees – all young, established, or retired professionals in their fields – discussing gendered aspects of their work and working life. We hope you like these heartfelt discussions. Stay tuned for more!   Extract from Black Panther and Little Fish / shoilikanungo.com   Shoili…

First Lotha Naga Folktales published in English

First Lotha Naga Folktales published in English

  The first anthology of Lotha Naga folktales in English, entitled A Girl Swallowed by a Tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold was released on 29 April, 2017 at the Indian International Centre, New Delhi. This collection is translated and compiled by Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton, an Assistant Professor at the Department of English at Gargi College…