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.

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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.’

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15
Apr

Review: Beneath A Rougher Sea

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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.

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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!

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Friends, this year too the annual The Hindu Literature for Life festival invited me to participate. To my utter surprise I was tasked with hosting Sri Ganesh Devy and Mr. Gulam Muhammad Sheikh on their talk on Gandhi: A Name, A Life, My World.

It was an incredible opportunity for I have been such a fan of both the scholar and the painter. Truly humbled.

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13
Mar

The Quint: Why AAP lost Punjab?

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

The Punjab result in the assembly election 2017 was stunning. Congress won 77/117 seats. The huge hope AAP had created was belied.  My quick comments on why AAP lost – beholden to the central power figure.

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4
Feb

The Hindu: Winter of Discontent

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Friends, today is a historic day for Punjab. Whoever wins or loses the election, half a century after it was created, the fortress called Punjab is breached.

My piece in The Hindu along with Gurdeep Singh’s excellent picture.

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Friends, I have known Asha Mokashi for so long but we have seldom met. Today she reminded me of this piece from a long time back. It is such a delight. Thank you Asha. Promise to meet soon!

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4
Feb

OneIndia: Who will win Punjab elections?

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Friends, here are my views on the Punjab elections as discussed with Vicky Nanjappa Februray 3 morning.

Note: a minor correction: not Haryana but one or two cities or nearby villages.

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