After Mahmoud Darwish in Palestine, Agha Shahid Ali in Kashmir and the Miyah poets in Assam
Psychology behind NRC mirrors narrow, dominating side of Assamese language, and its fragile nationalism, cultural identity
If psychology of Nazism shows us the savage part of that ideology, the sympathisers of NRC shows us a lack of moral compass, guilt, empathy for other humans and a fetish for a homeland which is no less anti-Semitic in terms of who it wished to exclude.
Nodir Kul Nai: A short film on Assam's Char Chaporis documents their songs on identity, statelessness
Nodir Kul Nai, a short film directed by Parasher Baruah, delves into the lives and cultural legacies of the Char Chaporis of Assam — a community of immigrants facing systematic ostracisation at the hands of local community and authorities alike.
Academicians, writers condemn FIRs against Assam's Miyah poets, say it is attempt to 'malign and criminalise' them
Miyah poetry, written by Bengali Muslims who have settled in the riverine plains of the Brahmaputra in Assam, has been the subject of much media attention in recent times.
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Miyah poetry backlash exemplifies the powerful forces unleashed when a group identity is under threat
The idea that people have to pledge loyalty to an official language and may not even write poems in their own language — as seen in the backlash to Miyah poetry — seems pretty extreme by exclusionary standards
Despite its rare acridity, Gohain’s position isn’t out-of-the-blue. He represents a swelling group of jatiyatabadis, spread out evenly across the political spectrum in Assam, who argue that the emergence of Miyah poetry is a threat to the Assamese language and perhaps, even an affront to the Assamese identity.
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Miyah poetry has become the unlikely rallying point for Muslims in Assam