11
Oct

Aadhar and Mobile Phone

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Friends, upon being tired of getting repeat notifications from the mobile service provider, I finally wrote to them seeking the government notification and the court order number which mandates that all customers link their mobile phones with their Aadhar number. My fear is data piracy and misuse. I finally received completely ambiguous information from them amounting to: everyone is doing it, why not you?

To me, this is not how a service provider of 17 years should behave. In any case, after the Supreme Court order on Right to Privacy, all such notifications are due for hearing in November 2017. We shall know only after the court decides.

Placing here a few of the social media messages that went viral and Nandini Krishnan’s coverage of the issue.  Please read the coverage.

The social media message 1.

The social media message 2.

Airtel has, for now, got off my back but I see here the government too has been irresponsible. Why has it not issued interim orders to suspend all these linking activities until the court decides?

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27
Sep

Interview on Indian Women Blog

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab, Roll of Honour, Sepia Leaves

Friends, for some good reason the Indian Women Blog interviewed me recently on my writing, my thoughts, my past and next work. Here is the interview. I feel flattered to be featured here.

‘Even after writing those hundreds of pages, I feel even more uncertain about myself. The more I explore myself, the more my way of describing myself through labels dissolve. Yet, I feel satisfied with my attitude to life. It is this: do not be defined by anyone else, seek your own language and ensure it cannot be appropriated.’

Please read …

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7
Sep

An Article on Not In My Name

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Friends, while looking for something else I found this article that sort of summarises the various social media posts on the idea of #NotInMyName in the country. My post also finds a mention. I am glad we are archiving, if only we could as a society now not suffer memory losses.

Please read …

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31
Aug

The Hindu: Dera through the Punjab lens

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Friends, my short piece in The Hindu in which I argue that in the last two years I have noticed a small, tremulous, change in Punjab given the stereotype in the nations and worlds’ mind – the region has a propensity towards violence. Whether it was the sacrilege incidents of 2015 or the recent Dera Premi fracas, Punjab held its pain in restraint.

That does not mean Punjab has no disquiet. Disquiet is ripe and the region is marked by distrust. Punjab thirsts for justice. Yet, I feel by not giving in to easy violence the region is sending out a different message if we were to listen to it and act on it to resolve many past grievances in this post-conflict land.

Please read here …

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My friend Sreemoyee Piu Kundu has opened a whole discourse on sexuality in Indian literature. I love her writings on issues to do with women. This time she turned her gaze on the unspoken but terrible horrors of violence in the male sexual world. She decided to interview some of her male friends, including me. I feel honoured.

Thank you Piu, a much needed intervention. For until this is addressed we do not deal fully with feminism.

Please read here … 

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16
Aug

A Post on Geri Route that became Activist

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Recently when a woman was chased by two men in Chandigarh, I responded on social media with a post elaborating the stalking culture in Chandigarh and North India. It became a rallying point for activism which led to an uproar by the women against a social horror that is sadly normalized. High time it changed.

The post is here: Geri Route

The activism is here: Deeptha Vivekanand

Read the Hindustan Times report.

Read The Tribune report.

Then there was a satire piece by the Hindustan Times in the voice of one of the Kakaji’s. Read here.

 

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Friends, my piece on Punjab as a border state in Cafe Dissensus. Thank you Karthik Venkatesh, Cafe team and all contributors.

Based on travels on the Punjab border in the aftermath of the ‘surgical strike’ post the September Uri attack, the piece seeks to depict Punjab’s indigenous nationalism. The nationalism of lives, homes, crops, fields and faith which remains at great variance from the jingoistic version peddled by national media, especially TV, and the Sangh.

Please read …

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15
Apr

The Hindu Review: South Haven

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Friends, I recently reviewed US Indian writer Hirsh Sawhney’s debut novel South Haven for The Hindu.

‘The novel depicts the hypocritical underside of an Indian migrant family in the U.S. who has benefited from its liberal ideas, but cannot abandon its own regressive thoughts.’

Please read …

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15
Apr

Review: Beneath A Rougher Sea

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Friends, recently the White Swan Foundation for Mental Health – which is doing great work in the field of information and communication related to mental health – gave me noted Odia writer Susmita Bagchi’s first novel in English language to review.

Beneath A Rougher Sea fills an important space in discourse around mental health by portraying professionals who remain largely unspoken in the increasing narratives we now encounter.

Please read …

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Friends, this year the annual The Hindu Literature for Life festival invited me to speak on my current non-fiction project on Punjab. The talk was titled Punjab – The Unknown Narrative. Big shout out to Ms Prasanna Ramaswamy who invited me and Prema Revathi who hosted the talk.

Thank you!

Please see … 

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