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Micro-Aggression Theory, Victimhood Culture and Article 370 as a Counter Radicalization Tool

For argument’s sake if we keep the violent insurgency problem in Kashmir aside for the reading time of this article, Kashmiri politics is primarily characterized by politics of identity and culture. While there are deep problems with defining culture and cultural analysis, sociologists and cultural theorists still attempt to theorize about cultural politics. One such theory is the micro-aggressions theory. Micro aggression[1] is a term coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M.Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals he regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflict on African Americans. In 1973, MIT economist Mary Rowe extended the term to include

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নববর্ষ – A Poem To Welcome The New Year

নববর্ষ  (The new year is a time of joy, of rejuvenated life and rekindled hope. It is a time when we anticipate the best, and decide to do away with our fragile, crumbling, ancient memories, and march on, in the hope of experiencing some of the best days yet to come. This piece of mine, one of the few that I composed in my mother-tongue Bengali, is a poetic appreciation and personification of the new year, as the granter of our dreams and wishes. The language is a bit archaic, in fact I prefer speaking in Bankimi Bhasa or the higher form

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A Lifetime Spent

It was her 25th marriage anniversary. They had decided to throw a party in the evening. However, instead of being ecstatic she was in a reflective mood. Thinking, wondering, pondering…a whole series of events and images came to her mind. Not all of them were pleasant but definitely memorable. Sitting with a cup of tea in her hand in the small yet cosy balcony she mused about her marriage to a stranger whom she had eventually befriended. They had spent twenty-five years with each other. This was unbelievable keeping in mind the first impression she had of him. Their parents had fixed

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देवी-देउता के ऐसे खिल्ली नहीं उड़ाते हैं मेरा बच्चा

मां: हैप्पी दशहरा विनीत. माता रानी,शेरोवाली बुतरू के खूब अकिल-बुद्दि दे. विनीत: हैप्पी दशहरा मां.. मां: की हाल है हमर बच्चा, मना लिया दुर्गापूजा ? विनीत: मनाना क्या, खाए दबाकर दोपहर में ठेठाके सोए, अभी जाकर जलेबी खरीदेंगे. तुम्हारे और घर के बाकी बच्चा लोगों के भीतर भी थोड़ा-थोड़ा रावण जिंदा रहे मां, बाकी तो पब्लिक जलाकर राख कर ही रही है. मां: सालभर के परब में कुछ औ नहीं तो रावण के जिंदा रहे के कामना करता है रे पगला.. जे सीता मईया के गृहस्थी उजाड़ दिया. विनीत: तुम तो मेरे ही साथ रामायण देखकर बूढ़ी हुई है मां और मैं जवान.

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मेरे अंदर का रावण

फेसबुक मैसेज बॉक्स और मेल बॉक्स में विजयदशमी के बहुत से संदेश पड़े हुए हैं, जिनमे शुभकामनाओं के साथ एक हिदायत भी दी गई है—अपने अंदर के रावण को मारें। मैसेज पढ़कर शोले फिल्म का डायलॉग याद आ जाता है—ठाकुर साहब आप क्या गब्बर सिंह को बकरी का बच्चा समझते हैं, जिसे कोई भी पकड़ ले। रावण ना हुआ भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम का पेस बॉलर हो गया, जिसे कोई भी ऐरा-गैरा आकर मार जाये। ये देश दूसरो के मामलो में ज़रूरत से ज्यादा जागरूक है। मेरे अंदर कोई मुस्टंडा रावण छुपा बैठा है, इसका पता मुझे नहीं है। मेरी बीवी

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Shubho Mahalaya – The Story Behind Durga Puja

Come October, Bengalis around the globe will be busy celebrating the biggest festival ever – the Durga Puja. This year, barely a week left, preparations have started in full swing. In this post, I will discuss about the legend behind the event of Mahalaya. Mahalaya is celebrated just a week before Durga Puja. To put it otherwise, Mahalaya ushers the actual aura of Durga Puja. Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion where the invocation of the Goddess Durga takes place. The day is usually celebrated with hymns chanted in the early hours of sunrise followed by ‘tarpan’ in the holy Ganges.

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Ya devi sarbabhuteshshu, SAKTI rupena sanksthita Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namo Namaha Very very soon, the radio is gonna go abuzz with these heavy words from an even heavier throat. That time of the year is here. The new clothes smell so good, so fresh and so pretty. We as a community are gearing up to welcome Ma Durga to come visit us for 5 days. Festivities would start. There will be songs and dances. There will be drama enactments. There will be a lot of nice things to eat. There will not be calorie consciousness. There will be 5 days

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Do not judge a religion by its extremists

A municipal corporation in Mumbai announces an eight day ban on meat and the country goes berserk. Politicians lose their bearings and that helps the community unite in solidarity, even more. Twitterati, as is their wont, gets another fodder for their attention seeking timelines. That then has been the story of the #meatban and the posturing that has followed it. First and foremost, the ban on meat during the period of fast was passed in a democratic manner by people’s representatives of a municipal corporation extending to a rather small jurisdiction. Whether the resolution itself was right or wrong is

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Peter Cat – For the Best Chelo Kebabs in Kolkata

One of the renowned restaurants in Kolkata, Peter Cat has managed to survive both – fire and ravages of time. It remains as popular as it used to be way back in the 1960s when it opened for the public, making it one of the oldest restaurants in the city. The interiors are so designed that they will take you back to the olden times. Unfolding history with waiters dressed in Rajasthani styled attire that too red n colour creates a unique juxtaposition of the Indian and the western. Legends have it that this famous joint was named after a

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Traditional Bangaliana – Rui Maachher Kalia

Bengalis know their fish like no one else. Being a Bengali myself, how can I restrain myself from not having fish? So, this time I got some rui maachh (rohu fish) and concocted up some yummy kalia. Here’s a look at the fish kalia recipe. Ingredients Rui Fish/Rui Mach – 500 grms cut into medium sized pieces Potatoes – 3 large, cut into long thick slices (many prefer to dice it in round shapes even) Tomato – 2 medium sized finely chopped Onion – 1 & Ginger paste – 1 tbsp Garlic – 2 to 3 cloves Jeera – ½ tsp

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