#NOT IN MY NAME is all about loving – Annie Zaidi

No, it wasn’t elitist (only the elite are saying that). No, it wasn’t just journalists. It wasn’t celebrity driven or foregrounded (but the TV people were keen on focusing on the 4/5 actors present). I’ll tell you what it was. It was a low, dense, dark sky spilling its guts out. It was a flooded road with over a foot of stagnating water (which probably … Continue reading #NOT IN MY NAME is all about loving – Annie Zaidi

ओमप्रकाश वाल्मीकि का होना – कँवल भारती (Kanwal Bharti)

कवि-कथाकार ओमप्रकाश वाल्मीकि का नाम हिन्दी दलित साहित्य आन्दोलन में अग्रणीय प्रतिष्ठापकों में लिया जाता है. वे सिर्फ एक लेखक भर नहीं हैं, बल्कि दलित साहित्य का एक जीवंत इतिहास है. वे हमारे दलित आन्दोलन के शुरूआती दौर के सक्रिय और जुझारू साथी हैं. हम दोनों ने लगभग एक ही समय 1970 के आसपास दलित साहित्य लिखना शुरू किया था. कानपूर के आर. कमल के … Continue reading ओमप्रकाश वाल्मीकि का होना – कँवल भारती (Kanwal Bharti)

Party politics – Malvika Sangghvi

Dear Anonymous Leading Industrialist, You know who you are. I met you at a recent Mumbai party. You were three drinks down. You were tired and emotional. It was late. Politics is always a tricky subject to discuss under these circumstances. But what the hell, we were old friends who liked the same American TV shows. It began by us discussing the latest bit of … Continue reading Party politics – Malvika Sangghvi

Gendered Subaltern Sexuality and the State

First Published in EPW The controversy over the dance bar girls represents the complex process of the construction of sexuality of lower-caste women by various agencies and how it has emerged as a site for the anxieties of the state to be worked out. It also represents the fractures within the women’s movement regarding definition of work, sexuality and the caste question. At another level, … Continue reading Gendered Subaltern Sexuality and the State

Imran Khan isn’t the only warrior in Pakistan’s elections: Kamila Shamsie

It didn’t take long after Imran Khan’s fall– 4.5 metres from a makeshift platform on a forklift at a campaign rally – for his supporters to begin comparing him to a warrior unseated from his horse in battle. If there was a note of triumph in their voice as they said it, it’s not entirely surprising. On Tuesday afternoon, Khan was the only halfway serious … Continue reading Imran Khan isn’t the only warrior in Pakistan’s elections: Kamila Shamsie

Feminist Diary 5 – Manisha Pandey

  ना-ना। तुम क्‍या सोचते हो, मैं तुमसे बहुत नाराज हूं या तुम्‍हारे लिए दिल में अरबों टन नफरत पाले बैठी हूं। अरे, बिलकुल नहीं। बल्कि अगर मैं कहूं तो शायद तुम्‍हें यकीन न हो कि यदि मैं दुनिया में किसी की सबसे ज्‍यादा शु‍क्रगुजार हूं तो तुम्‍हारी ही। तुम्‍हीं तो हो, जिसने उस कच्‍ची उमर में इतना लतियाया कि ताउम्र के लिए मुझे तुम्‍हारी … Continue reading Feminist Diary 5 – Manisha Pandey