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THE MUMBAI LOCAL

It’s terrible- how we Indian women aren’t taught to negotiate assaults in public spaces. Oh yes- there’s the mandatory karate class in school, and there are feel-good sessions on women’s library at college- but why aren’t we taught to shake off the paralysis of shame? Why do we turn to self-flagellation after an ‘incident’? It has been seven years since.…

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Peripheral Economy, Global Capital and Movements in Bangladesh: An Interview with Anu Muhammad

(Foreword:- I had taken this interview for Radical Notes to understand the economy and nature of movements in Bangladesh. This post has been republished by various web-journals across the world. I am republishing the same for all the followers of this blog. The interview will provide for insightful ideas on the economy of Bangladesh. Enjoy Reading……. Sincerely Yours ….Manoranjan) Anu…

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Memoirs of a ‘CHINKY’

“When I born, I Black, When I grow up, I Black, When I go in Sun, I Black, When I scared, I Black, When I sick, I Black, And when I die, I still black……. And you White fella, When you born, you Pink, When you grow up, you White, When you go in Sun, you Red, When you cold,…

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A Poet’s Romance

You are far and yet so near, Disappointing at times but still my dear. True! Your smile is not merely a pretension, Without much creativity I wish I could hold your attention! Let me borrow your dryness For your heart could sing and the soul dance, Enough of remorse and dissolution, It’s time to celebrate the poet’s romance! By Pankaj…

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NOBEL PRIZE FOR IROM SHARMILA

Off late, I have witnessed a growing hysteria in India; especially among the North-Easterners voicing that Irom Sharmila should win the Nobel Peace Prize. Campaigns, emails and Facebook pages are created. Every day, I receive requests for signing the campaigns or liking the pages. I wonder what good it would do if she gets the Nobel Prize. Would the Indian…

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The Debate and Dilemma of Transit

by M M Ali and Altaf Parvez, Transit Study Group, Dhaka The pros and cons of granting transit to India have been debated over the years, but several vital issues remain hazy. The Transit Study Group delves deeper to find the answers. This article first appeared in PROBENEWS and is posted here with the permission of Altaf Parvez, one of…

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In a constant struggle against Fascism

It was the early hours of 14th December, 2010. Everyone was deep asleep in Hatirpool, one of Dhaka’s busiest localities. Moshrefa Mishu had just returned to Dhaka to her sister’s house from Narsingdi, on the 12th and had been really exhausted after attending various programs and rallies. She had declined an invitation to attend a program and wanted to rest…

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An Ode to a long lost friend

This blog might seem as something different from what I usually write about. But exceptions are always allowed. I was just browsing through my old notes today, and suddenly a rugged paper fell off from my old note book. I picked up the paper and it had a poem which was written by a friend for me. My note-book had…

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I AM WHO I CRITICIZE

He is in his mid thirties and works as a peon to the Director. He comes out with a filthy smile and slowly spreads his hands. And my colleague tucks in the blue note in his hand, while shaking his hand. He looks at the note and says it loud, “Dude this wont even buy a shirt…!!!”. I felt like…

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