Tag Archives: Muslim

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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‘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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Book Review: The Hussaini Alam House/Huma R. Kidwai

[First published in Cafe Dissensus] Daphne du Maurier begins Rebecca thus: ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I couldn’t enter, for … Continue reading

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A Letter to Balasaheb Thackeray

Dear Swargiya Balasaheb, Pranaam! You might think I am trying to make a career out of the death of our celebrities and other such events. It is certainly true that footfalls on my blog significantly increase whenever I write on … Continue reading

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My Piece on Mumbai Violence in ‘Newslaundry’

On 22 August, 2012, I published a piece on the impact of mediated images in our daily lives, especially in moments of crisis. “From the “morphed” images of massacred Rohingyas to the rioting Muslim youth in Mumbai to the fleeing … Continue reading

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