Posts Tagged ‘India’

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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2
Dec

Your Story: Quoted on Demonetization

   Posted by: aman    in Other

Friends, on November 8, 2016, the Indian Prime Minister made 1.3 billion of us citizens of the nation foreigners in our own country. Our high denomination currency notes were declared no longer legal tender. I was to travel to Taipei for a talk and could not get Dollars in the banks.

My quote on Facebook was picked by Your Story and Anil Lulla interviewed me. Please read …

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2
Dec

Speaking at the Taipei Biennale 2016 Symposium

   Posted by: aman    in Punjab

Friends, on November 26, at 10 AM, I will speak at the Taipei Biennale on the topic: ‘The Writer as a Memory Maker’.

I will talk about the bloody birth of our nation in the wake of the greatest migration in human history which left 1 million dead and 14 million displaced. Yet, how as a nation we seem to be condemned to never learn from history. How our gestures of public history – museums – are shaped. How our discourses are built on excluding narratives of caste, gender, tribals, and minorities. How chasing the dystopia of material development, through corporate capitalism, we are ignoring the core strengths of our diverse nation. What then is our future? All these with special focus on Punjab. I will also discuss the draft novel I wrote in Germany – The Memory Maker – which is currently, justly, gestating.

I will share the video when available. Please read …

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5
Nov

Schloss-Ghost: Homing Pigeons

   Posted by: aman    in Other

Friends, it is a pleasure that Akademie Schloss Solitude invited me to write for another edition. This time a digital Atlas. The questions were:

Q: Would you say that your (artistic) practice is political?

A: Yes, it is. For me, the unspoken personal is political. I write to give voice to subjects our society likes to brush under the carpet – give voice to the marginalized. My intention is to find ways to restore human dignity through language.

Q: If so, how would you describe its political dimension?

A: I believe writing is a space where it is possible to honestly dissect the self and the violence of the society around us. My books are coming-of-age testimonial fiction.

Then they carried an excerpt from my current writing. Please read here …

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5
Jan

A Facebook Post on IBNLive: Pathankot

   Posted by: aman    in Other

Dear friends, greeting for the new year. I know, there has been a one and a half month drought on thee site. I was not writing publicly. Today there is a minor flood: two articles. This one is on how we as a nation of audiences deal with threats to our country. I feel we become angsty because we do not trust systems. For that, I feel the blame lies with those who are supposed to run the systems. Please see the next one too.

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4
Jul

Partition and Memory: A Memorial of Whispers

   Posted by: aman    in Other, Punjab

Friends, here is my piece on the partition of India and Pakistan in which I look at what happened to the Sikh psyche since then and suggest a radical retelling of our stories because though the trauma still haunts us …
‘… All we have for one generation are wisps of memory and for the next, family stories buried in silences. It is the third generation now which is trying to engage with Partition. Our generation has heard these stories in whispers and created many online projects where we are turning family histories into oral histories. Yet, pick up any newspaper, recollect the history of riots and genocides in independent India, and we will realise that we are still caught up in the same mess of communalism that created Partition.’
The piece appears in the recent issue of Muse India excellently curated by Charanjeet Kaur. Thank you! Thank you Asiimwe Deborah GKashugi, Ajay Bhardwaj, Prof Alok Bhalla for allowing me to use your quotes. Please read …

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20
Apr

An Article on Akademie Schloss Solitude in The Hindu

   Posted by: aman    in Other

Friends, here is a piece on the Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship in which I make an argument for more such Fellowships. Hope the article can initiate discussion and action towards more Residencies on the Indian Ocean rim and mainland. Thank you Mr Jean-Baptiste Joly and The Hindu.

Reead here

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India’s drive to drum up support for ancient science has attracted a lot of international support: England, Germany, Czech Republic.

Illustration by Lakshmi Karunakaran, please read here

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10
Jan

Termite Attack and Lost Policy for Antiserious

   Posted by: aman    in Other

Sumana Roy and Manjiri Indurkar remain kind to me on their satire and humour website Antiserious. They published a new piece on something that affects most of us while we take care of the piles and piles of documents in bureaucratic India.

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10
Jan

The Brown Sahib’s Gaze in the Hindu Literary Review

   Posted by: aman    in Other

When I was asked to review V S Naipaul’s seminal book An Area of Darkness, on the occasion of 50 years of its being banned, I approached the text with a mixture of feelings: respect for the craft of the writer but also a bit of apprehension about how he has talked about India in his articles, books, etc. I made sure I read him closely and question my own assumptions about Naipaul’s India. Unfortunately, he did not give me a chance to vindicate himself. It is sad, but it must be said that through his career Naipaul has played to a western gallery, a stereotype.

‘Thank you for your supercilious attitude, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul. We could really have done without your writing. Yet, while I was reading the book on a plane, a foreigner in the seat next to mine quickly took down the name of the book and told me she would read it. It is, after all, by a Nobel laureate. ’

Read full review on the book that is freely available now.

 

 

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