Deep inside, in the social conscience of the nation, especially among the educated young, there is an uncanny anxiety about the future. Before and after November 8, it is this dark theatre, which is going to play out for the world to watch, writes Amit Sengupta from Boston.
Is this is an honest plan towards reform or just a populist measure at the cost of the state exchequer, ask Subhamoy Maitra and Abhinandan Sinha.
The streets of Kashmir look relatively calm for the first time since the unrest began and shutdown took effect in July. Instances of stone pelting have reduced and while many may term this as a return of ‘normalcy’ to the valley, this is just a phase till the volcano erupts again, says Bilal Kuchay.
Barnamala Roy reviews Sharanya Manivannan’s debut collection of short stories – The High Priestess Never Marries.
Donald Trump’s win may have come as a shock for many, but it is impossible that this kind of intolerance was born overnight. It had always been there, but his inflammatory speeches and lack of political correctness is bringing them out of the shadows at an alarming rate, says Debanjali Bose.
With the invention and circulation of cultural symbols, such as Love Jihad, Ghar Wapsi, and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, there is a persist package of ‘go back’ attempts that intend to repeat the cultural re-imagination of ‘Indian Nationalism’, which was popular in late 19th Century and first half of the 20th Century, says Aejaz Ahmad Wani.
Traditional Indian culture habitually focuses excessively on success stories and completely overlooks failures, and that is something that the FuckUp Nights franchise aims to reverse, says Gogona Saikia (with inputs from Ashish Goenka).
A couple of poems by Aritra Mukherjee.