Abu Siddik

Happy to See this Dawn

The oft-quoted, famous lines from one of the founders of what is known as English Romanticism, William Wordsworth's The Prelude (Book Ten), cited above, alludes to the opening of a…

Modi’s Looking Away

Citing Kepios.com, which "makes sense of what people are really do online" and helps people "identify changes in digital behaviour", Datareportal.com indicates that internet users in India remained unchanged between…

Vegans and Beef Politics In India

PETA—People for Ethical Treatment of Animals are active in India. They want to interfere in Indian cow politics. They are against the idea of non-vegetarianism. They are against people eating…

Flames of Hatred in Modi’s India

“April is the cruellest month,” so begins one of the most admired literary pieces of modernity, The Waste Land  by T S Eliot (1888-1965). Published in 1923, this masterpiece was taken to…

On Indian Lynching Data

For many days I am searching for the latest data on Indian lynching incidents. And I find that a host of websites listed at the end of this piece are…

Fear is making inroads into our homes

Why has the state killed Jivan, the protagonist in Megha Majumdar’s much-reviewed, highly praised novel, A Burning? For her alleged ‘crimes against the nation’, ‘sedition’—for simply sharing a Facebook post…

What We Miss at Basanta Utsab

Basanta Utsav is held each year in the month of March on the Full moon day of Falgun. Spring is welcomed through music and dances. It literally means the 'celebration…

Prelude to a Riot

Set in an unnamed southern town amid lush plantations of pepper, bananas, coffee, rice, and narrated in soliloquy Annie Zaidi’s 184- page novel, Prelude to a Riot is a brilliant,…

Patriotism & Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was far far away from what we popularly call patriotism. Our problem is that more we have been able to erase his ideals and ideas from our everyday…

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