Theatre Today: Manipur

Theatre Today: Manipur

N. Premchand is a theatre director from Manipur, and a faculty member at Manipur University. We met him at the North East and Northern Writers Meet at the Sahitya Akademi where he presented a paper on the theatre tradition of Manipur. We spoke to Dr. Premchand after the session to discuss the politics of representation…

When Bodies Speak

When Bodies Speak

A woman clothed. Then stripped, so she is just a woman’s body; bare skin on which battles are fought for power in all its guises, from honor to state security. What happens when this woman’s body speaks? What is its language? And can such a language live apart from the vocabulary of politics?  Here stands a…

In Solidarity With Irom Sharmila

In Solidarity With Irom Sharmila

Irom Sharmila recently spoke at her first public event outside Manipur since the end of her remarkable sixteen-year long fast. The North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) organised a seminar on “AFSPA and the People’s Movement” at the Delhi School of Social Work on 30th September. The event took place to commemorate the iconic social…

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

Poem: Time in Kashmir 

  "It's late, it's always late, in history it is always night, always the wrong time." — Octavio Paz, "Although it is Night"   What time is it in Kashmir? Time's a curse, time, accursed tongues Split into stones, mothers hurl curses, curses sit Lighter on their tongues than prayers reeling from gunshots When mothers give…

What Time Will Tell

What Time Will Tell

Ananya S. Guha  ©  Mir Suhail Qadri / via hystericalfeminisms.com I have never felt so lacerated inside — torn, guilty, angry, and hurt all within. But I know life will, or must continue; writers will write poems or stories and rave and rant at governments and people. What does Kashmir mean to me? Just a…

Poems on Kashmir

Poems on Kashmir

Ajmal Khan A T © Rollie Mukherjee, 'Porous Walls' / via maryscullyreports.com My Name is Kashmir My name is Kashmir  My name is not India  My name is not Pakistan too My name is Kashmir  and my name is Maqbool Butt My name is Afzal Guru  My name is Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani My name is Burhan…

‘In Manipur, everybody becomes a James Bond with a licence to kill’

‘In Manipur, everybody becomes a James Bond with a licence to kill’

Teesta Setalvad interviews Colin Gonsalves for Newsclick In this interview with Newsclick and Communalism Combat, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves discusses the significance of the Supreme Court's July 8 verdict on encounter killings in Manipur. Gonsalves has been closely involved in cases relating to the excessive use of force against the people of Manipur, especially in connection…

Statement on Kashmir from Academics, Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

Statement on Kashmir from Academics, Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

Image courtesy Vishwajyoti Ghosh & Niha Masih We the undersigned, express our grave concern regarding the current state of affairs in Kashmir. The disproportionate use of state violence on unarmed protesters in Kashmir reflects severe human rights violations. Setting aside the paramount concerns in terms of continuous interventions in the normal lives of the people,…

Naming the Muslim

Naming the Muslim

Sayori Ghoshal Johannes Vermeer, ‘A Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window’ / Old Masters Picture Gallery In the context of current debates, verbal and physical abuses and outright mob violence in the country, there is an accompanying change in the discourse and the discursive imagination of the “Muslim” in India. The “Muslim” has…

Also in the News: Kashmiri Student

Also in the News: Kashmiri Student

Basharat Ali Mark Rothko / Artsy.net A Kashmiri student studying in India finds a mention in the news these days. For raising slogans, for cheering for his favourite cricket team, for not cooking beef, or, for simply being a Kashmiri student in India, anywhere in India. This Kashmiri student is not one individual but numbers…