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  • Experimentalism in the Face of Fascism

    COMMUNITY Experimentalism in the Face of Fascism VOL. 1 INTERVIEW Writer Meena Kandasamy, in conversation with Advisory Editor Aparna Gopalan. MEENA KANDASAMY There is a certain overpowering influence when this totalitarian power is coming to get you. Then you turn to the most absurd forms of storytelling and play. How do you laugh at untrammeled power? Either you are completely terrorized by it, or you completely delegitimize its authority by laughing in its face and doing the most absurd things. —Meena Kandasamy RECOMMENDED: The Orders Were to Rape You: Tigresses in the Tamil Eelam Struggle , the newest book by Kandasamy (Navayana, 2021). SUB-HEAD ​ ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: SHEBANI RAO A Freelancer's Guide to Decision-Making JAMIL JAN KOCHAI A Premonition; Recollected Watch the interview on YouTube or IGTV. SHARE ARTICLE: Interview Sociolinguistics Avant-Garde Form Experimental Methods Dalit Literature Dalit Histories Indian Fascism Tamil Tigers Auto-Fiction Bhima Koregaon Marxist Theory André Breton Absurdity MEENA KANDASAMY is an anti-caste activist, poet, novelist and translator. Her writing aims to deconstruct trauma and violence, while spotlighting the militant resistance against caste, gender, and ethnic oppressions. She explores this in her poetry and prose, most notably in her books of poems such as Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), as well as her three novels, The Gypsy Goddess (2014), When I Hit You (2017), and Exquisite Cadavers (2019). Her latest work is a collection of essays, The Orders Were to Rape You: Tamil Tigresses in the Eelam Struggle (2021). Her novels have been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Hindu Lit Prize. She has been a fellow of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (2009), a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow at the University of Kent (2011) and a fellow of the Berlin-based Junge Akademie (AdK). In 2022, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL), United Kingdom. Activism is at the heart of her literary work; she has translated several political texts from Tamil to English, and previously held an editorial role at The Dalit , an alternative magazine. She holds a PhD in sociolinguistics. 7 Sept 2020 Interview Sociolinguistics The Craft of Writing in Occupied Kashmir 24 Jan 2021 HUZAIFA PANDIT Fictions of Unknowability 28 Feb 2023 BOOKS & ARTS Kashmiri ProgRock and Experimentation as Privilege 21 Dec 2020 COMMUNITY MORE LIKE THIS

  • Disaster Timeline

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  • Community

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  • Archive

    ARCHIVE 24 Feb 2024 Swat Youth Vanguards Heading 6 24 Feb 2024 3 Oct 2023 Chokepoint Manipur Heading 6 3 Oct 2023 3 Jul 2023 Bibi Hajra’s Spaces of Belonging Heading 6 3 Jul 2023 16 Jun 2023 The Uneasy Dreamscape of Katchatheevu Heading 6 16 Jun 2023 19 May 2023 Vol. 2 Launch Event: "Apertures" Album Release with the Vagabonds Trio Heading 6 19 May 2023 4 Apr 2023 Skulls Heading 6 4 Apr 2023 12 Mar 2023 Dispatch from a Village Near Hamal Lake, Sindh, in August Heading 6 12 Mar 2023 12 Mar 2023 Experiments in Radical Design & Typography Heading 6 12 Mar 2023 28 Feb 2023 Battles and Banishments: Women's Encounters with Heroin Addiction in Maldives Heading 6 28 Feb 2023 28 Feb 2023 Fictions of Unknowability Heading 6 28 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 COVID-19 and Faith in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Heading 6 27 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 Whiplash and Contradiction in Sri Lanka’s aragalaya Heading 6 27 Feb 2023 26 Feb 2023 In the Yoma Foothills Heading 6 26 Feb 2023 25 Feb 2023 Assam, Mizoram, and the Construction of the "Other" Heading 6 25 Feb 2023 24 Feb 2023 Whose Footfall is Loudest? Heading 6 24 Feb 2023 24 Feb 2023 Everyone Failed Us Heading 6 24 Feb 2023 23 Feb 2023 Universalism & Solidarity in a Post-Roe Landscape Heading 6 23 Feb 2023 23 Feb 2023 Scenes From Gotagogama Heading 6 23 Feb 2023 22 Feb 2023 A Freelancer's Guide to Decision-Making Heading 6 22 Feb 2023 16 Oct 2022 Climate Crimes of US Imperalism in Afghanistan Heading 6 16 Oct 2022 7 Jul 2021 Chats Ep. 13: On Maldives' Transitional Justice Act Heading 6 7 Jul 2021 4 Jul 2021 Dukkha Heading 6 4 Jul 2021 21 Jun 2021 Chats Ep. 12: On Ambition, Immigration, Class in "Gold Diggers" Heading 6 21 Jun 2021 19 May 2021 Chats Ep. 11: On Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change Heading 6 19 May 2021 4 May 2021 Chats Ep. 10: Migrations in Global History Heading 6 4 May 2021 29 Apr 2021 Chats Ep. 9: Karti Dharti, Gender & India's Farmers Movement Heading 6 29 Apr 2021 26 Apr 2021 It's Only Human Heading 6 26 Apr 2021 2 Apr 2021 Disappearing Act Heading 6 2 Apr 2021 10 Mar 2021 Exhaustion & Emancipation Heading 6 10 Mar 2021 28 Feb 2021 Chats Ep. 8: The Imagery of Protest with Mashal Baloch Heading 6 28 Feb 2021 18 Feb 2021 Mahrang Baloch and the Struggle Against Enforced Disappearances Heading 6 18 Feb 2021 24 Jan 2021 The Craft of Writing in Occupied Kashmir Heading 6 24 Jan 2021 18 Jan 2021 Radical Rhetoric, Pedagogy & Academic Complicity Heading 6 18 Jan 2021 10 Jan 2021 A State of Perpetual War: Fiction & the Sri Lankan Civil War Heading 6 10 Jan 2021 21 Dec 2020 Kashmiri ProgRock and Experimentation as Privilege Heading 6 21 Dec 2020 20 Dec 2020 Dissident Kid Lit Heading 6 20 Dec 2020 17 Dec 2020 Nation-State Constraints on Identity & Intimacy Heading 6 17 Dec 2020 14 Dec 2020 The Pakistani Left, Separatism & Student Movements Heading 6 14 Dec 2020 9 Dec 2020 Bengali Nationalism & the Chittagong Hill Tracts Heading 6 9 Dec 2020 7 Dec 2020 Chats Ep. 7: On Tamil translation & Perumal Murugan's "Poonachi" Heading 6 7 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · Recent Victories, Lasting Problems in US Left Electoralism, and COVID-19 Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · Jaishri Abichandani's Guided Studio Tour Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · A Celebratory Set by DJ Kiran Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · Poetry readings by Tarfia Faizullah Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · The US Left's relationship with Media in 2020 Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · Natasha Noorani Unplugged: "Choro" Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · A Preface Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · A Panel on SAAG, So Far Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 5 Dec 2020 FLUX · Poetry Reading by Rajiv Mohabir with Marginalia Heading 6 5 Dec 2020 30 Nov 2020 Chats Ep. 6: On Qurratulain Hyder's sci-fi story "Roshni ki Raftaar" Heading 6 30 Nov 2020 29 Nov 2020 Public Art Projects as Feminist Reclamation Heading 6 29 Nov 2020 25 Nov 2020 Four Lives Heading 6 25 Nov 2020 25 Nov 2020 Photo Kathmandu & Public History in Nepal Heading 6 25 Nov 2020 23 Nov 2020 Chats Ep. 5: On the 2020 ZHR Prize-Winning Essay Heading 6 23 Nov 2020 20 Nov 2020 Chats Ep. 2: On Teen Drama Heading 6 20 Nov 2020 13 Nov 2020 Romantic Literature and Colonialism Heading 6 13 Nov 2020 13 Nov 2020 Chats Ep. 1: On A Premonition; Recollected Heading 6 13 Nov 2020 8 Nov 2020 Musical Genre as a Creation of Racial Capitalism Heading 6 8 Nov 2020 31 Oct 2020 Six Poems Heading 6 31 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 Returning to the Sundarbans Heading 6 28 Oct 2020 24 Oct 2020 Discourses on Kashmir Heading 6 24 Oct 2020 21 Oct 2020 Rethinking the Library with Sister Library Heading 6 21 Oct 2020 18 Oct 2020 A Premonition; Recollected Heading 6 18 Oct 2020 14 Oct 2020 Syncretism & the Contemporary Ghazal Heading 6 14 Oct 2020 13 Oct 2020 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Heading 6 13 Oct 2020 11 Oct 2020 Indentured Labor & Guyanese Politics Heading 6 11 Oct 2020 6 Oct 2020 Two Stories Heading 6 6 Oct 2020 4 Oct 2020 Origins of Modernism & the Avant-Garde in India Heading 6 4 Oct 2020 1 Oct 2020 Dalit Legacies in Mythology, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Heading 6 1 Oct 2020 29 Sept 2020 On Class & Character in Megha Majumdar's Debut Novel Heading 6 29 Sept 2020 27 Sept 2020 Pakistan's Feminist Wave: A Panel Heading 6 27 Sept 2020 24 Sept 2020 Movements in Pakistani Theatre Heading 6 24 Sept 2020 23 Sept 2020 The Cuckoo Keeps Calling Heading 6 23 Sept 2020 19 Sept 2020 Humor & Kindness in Radical Art Heading 6 19 Sept 2020 16 Sept 2020 How Immigration & Mental Health Intersect Heading 6 16 Sept 2020 14 Sept 2020 The Ghettoization of Dalit Journalists Heading 6 14 Sept 2020 11 Sept 2020 Theatre & Bengali Harlem Heading 6 11 Sept 2020 7 Sept 2020 Experimentalism in the Face of Fascism Heading 6 7 Sept 2020 4 Sept 2020 Authenticity & Exoticism Heading 6 4 Sept 2020 2 Sept 2020 Inventing South Asia Heading 6 2 Sept 2020 31 Aug 2020 Between Form & Solidarity Heading 6 31 Aug 2020 27 Aug 2020 Progressivism in Pakistani Higher Education Heading 6 27 Aug 2020 25 Aug 2020 The Pre-Partition Indian Avant-Garde Heading 6 25 Aug 2020 22 Aug 2020 On the Ethics of Climate Journalism Heading 6 22 Aug 2020 DATE TITLE CONTRIBUTORS KEY Books & Arts The Vertical Fiction & Poetry Community Features Interactive

  • Skulls

    FICTION & POETRY Skulls VOL. 2 ISSUE 1 POETRY The Revolution won’t materialise / out of your mere thoughts. K ZA WIN This is the final poem, dated 23.02.2021, by K Za Win (1982–2021), who was shot dead by Myanmar security forces at a protest in Monywa on 3 March 2021. Revolution will be in bloom only when air, water and earth— all the nutrients are in agreement. Before the Revolution opened out, a bullet blew someone’s brains out, out on the street. Did that skull have a message for you? Faced with the devil is this or that statement relevant? In the dharma of dha you can’t just wave the sword. Step forward and cut them down! The Revolution won’t materialise out of your mere thoughts. Like blood, one must rise. Don’t ever waver again! The fuse of the Revolution is either you or myself! ▢ First published in Adi Magazine , Summer 2021, t his poem appeared in Picking Off New Shoots Will Not Stop the Spring: Witness Poems and Essays from Burma/Myanmar 1988-2021 , edited by Ko Ko Thett and Brian Haman, and published by Gaudy Boy in North America, Balestier Press in the UK, and Ethos Books in Singapore. SUB-HEAD ​ ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: SHEBANI RAO A Freelancer's Guide to Decision-Making JAMIL JAN KOCHAI A Premonition; Recollected "Skulls" by Hafsa Ashfaq. Mixed-media, digital illustration & acrylic on paper (2023). SHARE ARTICLE: Poetry Myanmar Military Coup Dissident Writers Revolution Spring Revolution Pogroms Picking Prison Incarceration Military Crackdown Politics of Art Adi Magazine Monywa Posthumous K ZA WIN (1982-2021) was a land rights activist and a Burmese language teacher in addition to a poet. In 2015, he marched with students along the 350 mile route from Mandalay to Yangon for education reforms until the rally was shut down near Yangon and he along with most of the student leaders were arrested and jailed. He spent a year and one month in prison, after which he published his best-known work, a collection of long-form poems, My Reply to Ramon . In the 2020 election, he said he didn’t vote for the National League for Democracy, whose policies he was very critical of, but when the NLD won by a landslide and an election fraud was alleged as an excuse for the 2021 military coup, he was on the frontlines of the anti-coup protests. He was shot dead by Myanmar security forces at a protest in Monywa on 3 March 2021. 4 Apr 2023 Poetry Myanmar Chats Ep. 13: On Maldives' Transitional Justice Act 7 Jul 2021 MUSHFIQ MOHAMED In the Yoma Foothills 26 Feb 2023 FICTION & POETRY Alien of Extraordinary Ability 13 Oct 2020 FICTION & POETRY MORE LIKE THIS

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