Celebrating Independence Day never felt more uncomfortable

August 15 is a black day in Kashmir. Since the day I started to understand things around me, all I’ve seen is a total communication blockade. Our phones stop working from midnight all the way into the evening. Personally, I’ve never ever embraced the idea of the “independence” of India in my life. But ifContinue reading “Celebrating Independence Day never felt more uncomfortable”

What is EIA and why is India’s new EIA draft problematic?

I am not much of a doomsday enthusiast. I have hope that our world will not just survive but also thrive. One day, all of us will realize the enormity of global warming and its effects on communities. But, we don’t have time to wait until we all come together to make reparations for theContinue reading “What is EIA and why is India’s new EIA draft problematic?”

I’m an atheist but I’ve never felt more Muslim than in Modi’s India

Trigger warning: This story contains instances of Islamophobia, police brutality, and state-sponsored violence that readers may find disturbing. “We would’ve never let you go there,” said one of my best friends, the most fearless of them all, who was now, however, forced to feel fiercely protective of me. She was trying to pull me outContinue reading “I’m an atheist but I’ve never felt more Muslim than in Modi’s India”

The Indian classroom: A microcosm of sanghi country

On February 20, 2020, 19-year-old Amulya Leona Noronha was booked for sedition under four Sections of the Indian Penal Code. In the midst of a media frenzy manipulated by local officials of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it had been alleged that her praise for longtime enemy and neighbor Pakistan was “anti-national.” I had metContinue reading “The Indian classroom: A microcosm of sanghi country”