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Are you paying your chinky tax ?

Earlier this year, when I was moving into my rented flat in an area in South Delhi that has a considerable population of people coming from the Northeast region, I…

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Intervention in the Uri-Upal Debate with a Class Analysis

A recent social media feud broke out regarding the use of Uri-upal metaphor in lyrics, its interpretation, and impact. Mingsel Foundation put up a feminist analysis on critiquing the romanticisation…

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Everyone knows what a drug addict looks like, right?

I used to picture a drug addict as someone under a bridge with a needle in his arm. The end of addiction might look that way, but it sure doesn’t…

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Nupa Thokpa: The Legend of Masculinity

Nupa thokpa is a prevalent sense of masculinity in our society. It has its certain criteria that the society has set for boys/men to attain in order to be a…

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Luingamla Kashan: Indigenous Art of Resistance that Economically Empowers without Private Ownership

~ Cecil Thounaojam On the afternoon of 24th January, 1986, two Indian army officers entered the house of Luingamla Muinao, a Tangkhul Naga girl in her mid-teens, while she was…

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Colonial Wounds are Torn up in India

On December 12th, 2019, the Indian President approved the arguably most discriminatory piece of legislation the country had seen since its independence. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 – henceforth CAA…

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Heisnam Kanhailal: Taking Theatre Back to the Community

We know of Heisnam Kanhailal as this theatre legend who made famous plays like Pebet and Draupadi, but not much about his theatre works that focus on community building through…

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Racist mainland Indians were more terrifying than Covid

My phone records 9:21 pm with the first picture of my favourite but unfortunate black T-shirt splattered with the thick pungent tobacco remains over my neck and chest area. On…

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Review of Pheida: Gender at Periphery

Following is the review of Pheida: Gender at Periphery, a book written by Santa Khurai, Dr. Rubani Yumkhaibam and Bonita Pebam. “Pheida di thouna yina touphadey .” – Masilney Pheida:…

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Leipung Phamba and Shinaipham Kaba: A Glimpse into its Erasure

~ Cecil Thounaojam Reclaiming indigenous culture/tradition needs an understanding of how we lost it. Various traditions have slowly gone out of practice and people’s minds while some are either frowned…

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