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19 years since 9/11, examining historical linkages between national crises and pathologising of sexuality
Arts & Culture

19 years since 9/11, examining historical linkages between national crises and pathologising of sexuality

The queer-immigrant-terrorist type is here to stay. It gives the US a ready justification to invest in surveillance technologies targeting Muslims and people of colour, to detain and deport, to live out its unruly visions anchored in homonationalism.

Naiyer Masud, a curator of the unsaid: Remembering the award-winning writer, his dream-like and elusive style
Arts & Culture

Naiyer Masud, a curator of the unsaid: Remembering the award-winning writer, his dream-like and elusive style

First-time readers are usually bewildered, desperately trying to ‘make sense’ of Sahitya Akademi award-winner Naiyer Masud's stories. Curious and haunted, they return, to feel their filigree-like negative spaces.

Write me down, I am an Indian, my name is Ajmal: A poem of protest for these troubled times
India

Write me down, I am an Indian, my name is Ajmal: A poem of protest for these troubled times

After Mahmoud Darwish in Palestine, Agha Shahid Ali in Kashmir and the Miyah poets in Assam

Article 370 revoked: Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna responds to the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir through poetry, music
Life

Article 370 revoked: Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna responds to the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir through poetry, music

TM Krishna, otherwise known for being a sharp social commentator and activist, chose not to speak or opine on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir but expressed his emotions with the mediums of poetry and music.

Remembering Agha Shahid Ali: 18 years after his death, a friend writes of the man, and the poet
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Remembering Agha Shahid Ali: 18 years after his death, a friend writes of the man, and the poet

From what I gather from Amitav Ghosh’s relatively detailed portrayal of his last months in his essay, ‘The Ghat of the Only World’: Agha Shahid in Brooklyn, Shahid died peacefully, having embraced death as he had embraced life before his mother’s death.

Jammu and Kashmir: What an artist in Srinagar managed to save from the floods
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Jammu and Kashmir: What an artist in Srinagar managed to save from the floods

So, what starts as a flurry of phone calls to ascertain the whereabouts of Masood saheb and his family in flood-ravaged Srinagar eventually turns into a ‘serialised’ conversation.

World Poetry Day: From the sublime to the sublime
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World Poetry Day: From the sublime to the sublime

As we celebrate World Poetry Day, a number of us at Firstpost created a list of the poetry that mattered most to each of us. What’s your favourite piece of poetry?