Arts

Mazdoori and Azadi: A Portrait of Invisible Men in an Invisible City

The day-time bus ride from Bangalore to Chennai is one of those seemingly endless journeys; I picked up the book, Free Man, which I had begun to read a few days earlier. I was on my way back from a job interview with a mainstream newspaper, where I’d applied to work as a reporter, which coincidentally is also the author, Aman Sethi’s occupation.

Enemy Alien

After the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government adopted a policy of singling out and deporting all deportable persons in the United States from Muslim and Arab countries. Caught up in this dragnet, Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti was arrested and detained for two years before a court ordered his release.

The Summers of Discontent

In this photo essay reflecting on his return to Kashmir as a journalist, Talal Ansari animates some of the more recent returns to calls for independence.  He guides us from the early years of the conflict through the contemporary and renewed protest against state violence, asking rhetorically what it means  to value and support certain social movements over others after the Arab Spring.

Reflections from the Valley of Controlled Chaos

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din gives us vignettes of his cultural work in Kashmir against the brutal terrain of violent conflict that are simultaneously hopeful and melancholic.  He points to promulgation of the word “normalcy” as a way to deny the distinct and jarring contrasts in Kashmiri life. 

 

The Revolution is Not Over, Yet I Yearn for the Days in Tahrir

These images of those days are at once an homage and reminder of what was precious, undefined, yet so extraordinary - and at the same time, what we constantly seek, what we have to continue to aspire to as we do the very real work of revolution. There is infinite possibility and yet seemingly insurmountable obstacles at every turn. When we remember Tahrir, we are reminded of how dreams unfolded before our eyes, how we all worked together to better understand each other and find a common path forward. How important it was to be seen and be heard, but also to listen to each other and witness the beauty of your neighbor, your countryman, your new friend.

Political Gestures

Aparna Sindhoor's Vision of Contemporary Bharatanatyam Dance

Which Way Is East?

Two views of the film version of Ayub Din Khan's East Is East

Hybrid and Alive

An Interview with Pianist Vijay Iyer

Dance the Body Politic

An interview with Jayesperi Moopen of South Africa's Tribhangi Dance Theater

If My Vagina Could Speak...

South Asian Sisters presents Yoni Ki Baat

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