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What Durga Puja During COVID-19 Pandemic Tells Us About Artisans

Time and again, artisans have crafted idols of Goddess Durga to make a point about social justice. Yet, these artisans are themselves one of the most underpaid segments of India's informal economy.

Amir Khusrau, AR Rahman, Ebrahim Alkazi: Three Ways of Being Indian

The three legends have come to signify the centripetal and centrifugal currents in Indian cosmopolitanism - an impulse that seems to be fast disappearing today.

Chadwick Boseman’s Passing and the Power and Limits of Afrofuturism

Boseman's Black Panther and Wakanda present the vision of an alternative, splendidly-black future.

The Poetics of Abolition: From Female Suffrage in the US to Social Reformation in...

Processes of emancipation across time and space have always had a poetic impulse in them.

Poetry Resurrects Itself: Translation of Two Poems by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala

Translations of two poems by the doyen of Assamese literature.

The Hagia Sophia Reconversion Is a Cynical Undoing of What Turkey Used to Be

The recent reversal of Istanbul's Hagia Sofia to the status of a mosque from a museum is just the latest manifestation of Erdogan's conservative-authoritarian politics.

Protest Music and Style Iconoclasm in the Times of Celebrity Activism

Many celebrities have expressed solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. But how genuine or meaningful is their anti-racism activism really?

“Cinema Will Help Us Survive”: Five Assamese Filmmakers on the COVID-19 Crisis

A new wave of Assamese cinema had just taken off when the COVID-19 crisis hit. Five prominent filmmakers talk about the damages caused and what the future looks like.

Crisis and Compassion: How Six Music Stars of Assam Are Spending Their Lockdown Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a crippling effect on Assam's music industry. How are the state's top music makers coping with that?

Hunger, Helplessness, Hope: How Five Young Assamese Poets Are Spending Their Lockdown Days

Jyotirmoy Talukdar speaks to five prominent young poets from Assam about how they see the COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdown.