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Racism on South Asian Celluloid

In the last decade, the Western film industry has justly received a lot of criticism for its severe lack of racial diversity, both on-screen and behind the camera. Initiatives like diversity quotas in awards governing bodies and popular movements like #OscarsSoWhite have not only resonated in North America and Europe but have become popularised in …

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দ্য লিঞ্চিং রিপাবলিক

ভারত এক বৃহৎ কারাগারে পরিণত হয়েছে। স্বাধীনতা, রাজনৈতিক অধিকারসহ মানুষের সামগ্রিক কর্তাসত্তা নির্মম লিঞ্চিং এর শিকার ভারতে। এই পরিস্থিতি থেকে সহসা কোন উত্তরণ আছে কিনা জানিনা, তবে আমরা দেখতে পাচ্ছি প্রচলিত বিরোধী রাজনৈতিক দলগুলোর নিষ্ক্রিয়তা, নির্জীবতার মধ্যেই ছাত্র-শ্রমিক-কৃষক-বুদ্ধিজীবী-অ্যাক্টিভিস্টদের সমন্বয়ে নতুন এক নাগরিক শক্তি বিজেপি-আরএসএস এর নৃশংস রাজনৈতিক মতাদর্শকে প্রতিরোধের চেষ্টা করছে।     And it’s …

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

You will all be amazed to know of a case where a publisher tied up with food delivery services to help deliver books. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, they say.   Quoting Dickens is the closest that I can get to, whenever I attempt to define the state of book publishing amidst the pandemic. …

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Redefining globalisation in time of new normal?

It is well over two decades since the global value chain (GVC) has earned the distinctive attribute of being the most influential factor in mapping pathways for countries — rich or poor alike — to not only grow but, more than anything, to survive in the thickly connected globalised world.   Now that many people across …

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My community needs to stop saying “ALL LIVES MATTER”

It was within days of the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, at the peak of the national protests that the killing sparked, at the center of which was, is, the Black Lives Matter movement, that they started appearing: Facebook posts on my feed of friends and …

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