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“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.

How Chinese People Came Together to Create Hope, Humour and Art During Quarantine

The human spirit is tested during difficult times, but a scholar already has found examples of how people found ways to support one another in China. Other countries have shown similar resilience.

In Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’, the Story of a Civilisation

'Roma' is a nuanced and soulful take on class, colonialism and gender through the fluid spaces of a Mexico City middle-class neighbourhood.

A Critical Reading List on Assam’s NRC

The mainstream media in Assam and elsewhere is flushed with laudatory commentaries on the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Here's a list of critical writings by members of the PangSau Collective that unravel this messy headcount exercise.

The Tragic Degeneration of Daenerys Targaryen

The makers of Game of Thrones just decimated one of its most endearing characters.

Socrates in Love: How the Ideas of This Woman Are at the Root of...

New research shows that a large volume of Socrates' thinking came from Aspasia of Miletus, a woman he loved.

A General’s life as told by an Anonymous Chronicler and a Master Historian

The battle of Saraighat and the image of Lachit Borphukan have been integral to identity making in contemporary Assam for the caste Assamese.

Indonesia’s Campaign for Centrist Islam Goes Global

Meet Ma’ruf Amin, the Indonesian President's running mate who is propagating a form of 'Middle Way Islam' internationally.