Category Archives: History

Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971)

After a brief visit of about ten days, I returned from Dhaka at the end of 2011, which happened to be the fortieth birth anniversary of Bangladesh. During my stay, I interacted with academics, scholars, and lay people about the … Continue reading

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“Was Benjamin the first suicide bomber?”

Here is an excerpt from Columbia anthropologist, Michael Taussig’s “Walter Benjamin’s Grave”, in which Taussig tries to make sense of Benjamin’s suicide on the French-Spanish border, hounded by the Nazi, and his burial as an allegory, understood better in its … Continue reading

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Prof. Amartya Sen, Are the Indians Argumentative Enough?

[This was first published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] Some pieces are difficult to write. You know it’s not going to make many people happy. You know there is every chance that people will be offended with your politics. The choice … Continue reading

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An excerpt from Begum, Bengali Muslim women’s weekly magazine

[First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] The Bengali weekly magazine, Begum, was first published in Calcutta on 20 July, 1947, when India was poised to attain freedom from the British colonial rule. While many Hindu women had played an active role … Continue reading

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“Citizenship in the Transnational Space: Mira Nair’s Namesake (2006) and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane (2007)

This article, “Citizenship in the Transnational Space: Mira Nair’s Namesake (2006) and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane (2007)”, was published in Wesleyan Journal of Research, which is published by Bankura Christian College (Burdwan University), West Bengal, India: “My choice of these … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Malala

Yesterday Malala Yousafzai, the education activist who was near-fatally shot by the Pakistani Taliban on 9 November, 2012, spoke at the UN on the right to education for every child anywhere in the globe. A noble thought, indeed. However, Malala’s … Continue reading

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Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence & ‘Cultural Translation’

Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Enchantress of Florence (2008), set in sixteenth century Florence and India, is a tour de force of cross-cultural encounter between the West and the East around the time of the European Renaissance. The novel traverses between … Continue reading

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