October 2, 2019 was the 58th day of the Kashmir lock-down and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Some of us who are questioning the government – which on the one hand claims Kashmir is ‘normal’ and on the other hand keeps Kashmir’s people deprived of food, medicines, essentials, access to modes of communication – decided to undertake a 12 hour Cyber Satyagrah. It was to experience a lock-down and write the experience.

Please read my note here …

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5
Oct

The Tribune quotes me on Gurdas Maan

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

A few days back, in Canada, famous Panjabi singer spoke about the need for a single language in the country. I commented on his statement on my social media. The Tribune found it fit to quote.

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5
Oct

The Hindu Review: The Radiance of a Thousand Suns

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Here is my short review of Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s excellent multi-generational epic on Panjab: The Radiance of a Thousand Suns.

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The Quint recently published my Facebook comment on how the blockage in Kashmir reminds us of 1984, Operation Blue Star.

“As Kashmir is cordoned off, no Internet, no landline, no news coming in and out, I am reminded of a similar clampdown on Panjab summer of 1984 – Operation Blue Star. A wound on the nation’s conscience that has still not healed. Then we had 1990 Kashmir and now. We have learnt nothing. As a nation and as Indians, we have all failed Kashmir”.

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My musings in the wake of how some people are parties are behaving over abrogation of Article 35A and 370 in Kashmir.

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6
Aug

Punjab Today: Minutes of the House

   Posted by: aman   in Other

My brief musings on what seems to me the final frontier of democracy.

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Thanks to friend Suneetha Balakrishnan, I found this article on Scroll.in by Gayathri Prabhu. It is a lovely list of memoirs and distinguishes them from autobiographies. It mentions Sepia Leaves glowingly.

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29
May

Punjab Today: O Nanak! Our own seek to undo us

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Whatever happens in India in the 2019 elections, an unlikely constituency – Khadoor Sahib – is slated to become the cynosure of Panjab. In Khadoor Sahib a democratic electoral process has pitted two radically different Sikh ideologies against each other.

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29
May

Review – The Hindu: Fiction can hit harder

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Book: Stillborn Season

Author: Radhika Oberoi

Publisher: Speaking Tiger

Most of what has been written about the anti-Sikh pogrom over the last 35 years is either broad-brushstroke rage and rhetoric, pedantic information, or literal reportage. Oberoi breaks this mould by making Amrit a journalist seeking human stories beyond the clichés. Through her search, Oberoi takes a fresh and intimate look at the violence. The novel proves that fiction can do what non-fiction cannot — tell a thousand untold stories in a way that makes the violence more real, and so indict it more sharply.

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29
May

Review – Punjab Today: A Metaphor for Migration

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Book: The Rainbow Acres

Author: Simrita Dhir

Publisher: Om Books

The well-structured, quick read novel The Rainbow Acres by Simrita Dhir sketches the era when gold was discovered in California and depicts the lives and journeys of a man and a woman from their faraway native lands on two ends of the world to the West Coast of the United States. Dhir alternates the chapters between Kishan Singh and Sophia Morales, from Noor Mahal in Panjab and Acapulco, later Guadalajara and then the village Bahia de Kino in Mexico, to parallel how people are marginalized – either through ravages of nature or political turmoil –and how they become migrants seeking refuge in alien lands.

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