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Mahmoud Darwish and the idea of Home as the distant lover

 

Chanchal Kumar

chanchal kumarMahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet was among the first artists to popularize the idea of the homeland as the distant, absent lover. Writing from exile for most of his life and spanning a career that covered more than four decades, he achieved widespread acclaim with poems that both celebrated and mourned the memory of Palestine where he grew up as a child. In her 2019 book Mahmoud Darwish: Palestine's Poet and the Other as the Beloved, the author Dalya Cohen-Mor writes about the poet: "Blending nationalist verse with love poetry, he created a new kind of patriotic poem in Arabic, or a new kind of love poem, in which Palestine is fused with the figure of the beloved and is the object of erotic attention." (Cohen-Mor2).

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The Realities of Higher Educational Institutions for Dalit Students


Sagar Kumbhare

Sagar Kumbhare“May be I was wrong, all the while, in understanding world. In understanding love, pain, life, death. There was no urgency. But I always was rushing. Desperate to start a life. All the while, some people, for them, life itself is curse. My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past.”

These unsettling words of Rohith have brought forth the horrific reality of caste based discrimination, exclusion, and humiliation of Dalit students in the Universities of India. However, this is not the first time a Dalit student committed suicide, nor was he the last. 27-year-old Dalit student Muthukrishnan took his own life at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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Narappa: A critical review

 

Bhavani Etikala

EtikalaBhavaniIn Telugu cinema, caste issues and atrocities were untouched concepts on the big screen until late. In 2020, Palasa 1978, a period-revenge-drama set in the 80's, was released. Debut director Karuna Kumar said that the film was based on real incidents. The movie acknowledged the deep rooted reality of castesim in the Telugu states through the lens of a Dalit film maker. This film was appreciated at many levels, mainly for being able to shape the Dalit resistance on screen and the entry of the Dalit film maker into main stream film making which was absent till now.

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Critiquing GC Spivak’s ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’

 

Chanchal Kumar

chanchal kumarAnybody who has tried reading 'Can the Subaltern Speak?' will accede to the fact that it is a text rooted in the academic discourse. Perhaps that's the reason why the ideas propounded therein are still considered to be unchallenged, or at least impossible to ignore. I am undertaking the task to bust a few myths surrounding the logic of this essay by Dr Spivak, and I realize I may not be perfect in doing so. My attempt is rather an effort to anticipate more engagements with Dr Spivak's work through the lens of Bahujan thought. This is my intention behind writing this critique.

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Sarpatta Parambarai: A punch in the face of Savarna Parampara


JS Vinay

js vinay“Be thy own light- Atta Deepa Bhava”

~ Buddha

"You must abolish your slavery yourselves. Do not depend for its abolition upon god or a superman. Remember that it is not enough that people are numerically in the majority. They must be always watchful, strong and self-respecting to attain and maintain success. We must shape our course ourselves and by ourselves."

~ Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, Vol 1, Page 212, BAWS..

A few days back the Tamil movie Sarpatta Parambarai was released on Amazon Prime. Directed by Pa Ranjith and starring actors like Arya, Pasupathy, John Vijay, John Vijay, Dushara Vijayan, Kalaiyarasan, Shabeer Kallarakkal, etc. The film is a tribute to the greatest sportsperson of the world, the boxer Mohammad Ali.

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Help a Dalit poet complete his education

 

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I am a Dalit poet writing in the English language for about ten years and I have been offered admission for MA Creative Writing (Full time), Poetry at University of East Anglia, UK- one of the most prestigious creative writing programs in the UK. I am probably the only Indian student in a class of 15, out of 117 applicants from all over the world.

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I have been residing at Trivandrum for the past 10 years. I have two collections of poetry to my credit "Letters to Namdeo Dhasal" (2016, Desirepaths, Baroda); and "Love after Babel" (2020, Daraja Press, Canada) both of which were shortlisted for the YUVA PURASKAR of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, the former was a runner-up at M.Harish Govind Memorial Prize (2017) instituted by Poetry Chain, Trivandrum and the latter had won The Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Outstanding Book Award (2020) from the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA). One of my individual poems was in a shortlist for the prestigious Srinivasa Rayaparol Poetry prize. I was a fellow at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2018).

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Synthetic Bodies Against Discrimination in Sarpatta and Toofan

 

Ajay Pateer

ajay pateerFollowing the innumerable COVID-19 deaths across the country during the second wave, more Indians are getting health conscious than there used to be. There is a noticeable rise in fitness cultures. People can be seen walking, running and cycling on public roads in urban spaces since aerobic exercises help us strengthen our pulmonary and cardiovascular system which are attacked by the coronavirus. Fitness content is trending and pharma stocks are rising. In such a context, Sarpatta and Toofaan have been released in a week's gap on Amazon Prime. The flashiest things in both the films are male bodies. The films are visually plagued by ugly and toxic musculature.

Gaining or losing weight in a short period of time for a film shooting has become a cliché even in Indian cinema. Perhaps Amir Khan started it with Dangal or Dhoom 3. It is unhealthy. The use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) by celebrities for such transformations is an open secret in fitness industry but the fans are not informed by their favourite stars and their trainers.

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