Category Archives: Social Activism

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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My Rendezvous with Humaira Bachal

[This was first published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.] As I walk out of the elevator and step into the small buffer space that connects it to the hallway of the apartment, I notice knots of people scattered over the opulent … Continue reading

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‘Muslim Leadership’: An Interview with Mr. Jahangir Hossain

[It was first published in Cafe Dissensus Blog, which is the blog of Cafe Dissensus Magazine.] This is the first interview in a Cafe Dissensus series of pieces titled, ‘Muslim Leadership.’ This series aims to explore the question of Muslim leadership in … Continue reading

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Fiction of Activism

[It was first published in Cafe Dissensus Magazine] While this issue is predominantly about social activism as practice, fiction, especially the Anglophone ones from South Asia, seems to have started engaging with activism as well. Social activism is very often … Continue reading

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Nafisa and Hyderabad: The Social Activist and the City

Twelve years is a long time in the life of a city, especially if it happens to be the second most important software hub in a developing country. Between the times I left Hyderabad in 2000 and 2011, when I … Continue reading

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