[Kafila Audio] Dilli Tha Jiska Naam: Recollections of a Forgotten City

Last week I caught up with Shubhum Mishra, a cartographer/geographer/urban planner, in Sundar Nursery – a Mughal garden turned  colonial green house spanning 70 acres in the heart of Delhi – that shall should be open to the public sometime next year. Shubhum has just transliterated Intizar Husain’s famous book – Dilli Tha Jiska Naam – from … More [Kafila Audio] Dilli Tha Jiska Naam: Recollections of a Forgotten City

31st August in Manipur – The day and after: Roluahpuia

Guest Post by ROLUAHPUIA In Manipur, most days are not merely a day as they appear in the calendar. Many days in fact are commemorated and remembered and therefore political. For instance, the 18th of June is commemorated as the Great June Uprising by the Meitei mostly led by the United Committee Manipur (UCM) as a … More 31st August in Manipur – The day and after: Roluahpuia

Peace, bread and politics of AAP: Satya Sagar

Guest post by SATYA SAGAR Among the epithets, most frequently hurled at Arvind Kejriwal by the BJP, in the run up to the Delhi assembly elections, were ‘anarchist’, closely followed by ‘urban naxal’. What is it about AAP that threatens the Sangh Parivar to a point of exhibiting such great hysteria and anxiety? AAP, despite some … More Peace, bread and politics of AAP: Satya Sagar

On The Real Tragedy of Secular Modernity: Anand Vivek Taneja

This is a guest post by ANAND VIVEK TANEJA In the discussion around Aarti Sethi’s essay on Remembering Maqsood Pardesi some very important questions arose. As these questions are directly relevant to my work, but also to the larger concerns of the Kafila community, I decided to dwell on them at some length. As these … More On The Real Tragedy of Secular Modernity: Anand Vivek Taneja

Racist villagers versus hapless Africans and other simplistic binaries

The residents of Khirki are angry. They say they have been misrepresented, their grievances are not being given a patient hearing because the rest of us are doing politics over them. Nobody even wants to hear that they could have a case, that the story could be about more than just skin colour. Kafila and … More Racist villagers versus hapless Africans and other simplistic binaries