The Joker Doesn’t Exist

Joker is the most enigmatic anti-capitalist hero for comic-book readers and cinema-goers. Thus, it was inevitable that the FBI officially warned about potential violence before the Joker (2019) movie was released. The Joker and The Batman movies have always had an anti-capitalist sentiment, but ultimately capitalism prevails in Gotham City. It’s a given condition for …

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Avijit-Ananta Mentorship Programme for writers (September-December 2022)

Since its inception, Shuddhashar has remained committed to giving marginalised voices a platform. Over three decades, we have had the privilege of publishing works of writers, poets, and artists who represent communities that live on the margins, who are denied rights by the dominant majority, and whose voices are silenced by governments and mainstream media …

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‘Lost in Un-documented Existence’ in the Context of Stateless Rohingya

This essay is about how the politics of documentation impact the lives of stateless people, whose homes and sources of livelihood were eradicated in the homeland their ancestors lived in for decades and whose citizenship has been taken away or denied. Using evidence about the stateless Rohingya people, I will present how, historically, documentation and …

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Nowhere to Go: The Plight of Homeless Families in Sweden

A few years ago, I attended a meeting with a group of parents whose families were precariously housed and at risk of becoming homeless. They all lived in the same municipality in the greater Stockholm area of Sweden and were trying to mobilize around their families’ right to housing. A journalist from the local newspaper …

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Hmong Diaspora Placemaking as Cultural Refuge

Places provide a common sense of territorial identity for migrants, refugees, and diaspora communities despite these groups having roots elsewhere. The activities of these communities question how we think about place and the fixity of boundaries of ‘here’ and ‘there’, and what it means to dwell in place. A central theme of these experiences is …

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Seeking Belonging through Religious Conversion: The Plight of the Undocumented in Sweden

Why is belonging so important? How far is one willing to go to gain a sense of belonging, and what does it cost? How do those uprooted from their homeland find a sense of belonging in exile, and what sacrifices do they have to make? For many, religion provides a sence of belonging. Consider the …

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Is History Repeating Itself? The Russo-Ukrainian War, the Russo-Georgian War, and Eurasia’s Path Forward

As the stories about horrors in Ukraine grip international headlines, too much attention is focused on troop movement and scenes of military might, but not enough attention is paid to the internally displaced people and the humanitarian situation on the ground. I had seen Ms. Tinatin Japaridze, VP of Business Development for Critical Mass, give …

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