Category Archives: Religion

Yakub Memon, A MUSLIM, Was Hanged

As the tamasha of late night court proceedings unfolded, I had a sense of déjà vu. A blood-thirsty nation would have to be satisfied. Yakub Memon must be hanged. He was a conspirator during the Bombay Blasts. He had taken … Continue reading

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Do we have the LANGUAGE to talk about Housing Discrimination against Muslims?

You are at the University of Hyderabad. You have just completed a master’s and are brimming with idealism. The highs of university life have made you confident. You think you can take on the world. At least, that’s what the university community made you feel. Continue reading

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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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How to Eat Beef in Bengal?

We are a family of gastronomic dissidence, almost bordering on anarchy. My mother eats beef but no mutton. My father loves mutton but eats no beef. One of my sisters doesn’t eat any meat, not even fish. Another sister was … Continue reading

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Books Review: Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi’s Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy

“In order to be enrolled in sex education, students needed parental permission. Every single student received it, except me. The only brown kid. The only Muslim,” writes Haroon Moghul. Moghul was sent to the library to do a project on … Continue reading

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Documentary: Muzaffarnagar Bleeds: A Reenactment of Gujarat Riots, 2002

[First published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] On 29 November, 2013, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) released a documentary on the Muzaffarnagar riots, unleashed between 7 and 9 September, 2013. The IAMC produced and presented the documentary titled, Muzaffarnagar Bleeds: A … Continue reading

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Book Review: Andrew Hock Soon Ng’s Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction

Here is my review of Andrew Hock Soon Ng’s Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction, published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies: “Through an impressive range of scholarship, Ng’s study explores how women’s bodies – be it the figure of … Continue reading

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