Discourse and materiality around the apparent silence of Muslim women; How oral history is an effective tool to listen to this silence

Book Review: Visible Histories, Disappearing Women: Producing Muslim Womanhood in Late Colonial Bengal; Mahua Sarkar (2008)

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Visible Histories, Disappearing Women: Producing Muslim Womanhood in Late Colonial Bengal (2008)

“…these discourses of otherness — twisted into expressions of unmitigated hatred in the Sangh’s language — are not the product of the Sangh’s thinking alone; they have been constructed for over a century through the systematic devaluation of Muslims in general and the discursive erasure of Muslim women’s subjectivity in particular”, asserts Mahua Sarkar at the end of her book Visible Histories, Disappearing Women: Producing Muslim Womanhood in Late Colonial Bengal. Drawing links between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) disposition towards Muslims and the…


Tracing the intention, method, and appeal of the comic and Socratic assertions. Here’s how populist politics and collective laughter heavily undermine societal compassion and pursuit of knowledge.

RIGHT: Trounce me? What do you think you are?

WRONG: An argument. Like you.

RIGHT: Yes, a wrong argument.

WRONG: Maybe, but I’ll still beat you, Right though you call yourself.

RIGHT: How d’you think you’ll contrive to do that?

WRONG: Just by thinking out a few novel ideas.

RIGHT: Yes, they’re in fashion now, aren’t they — because of those morons out there [indicating at the audience]

- Aristophanes, The Clouds 892–898 (tr. Alan H. Sommerstein)

In Aristophanes’ The Clouds, the character of Wrong Arguments, as indicated above, was able to trounce the logic of Right Arguments and convinced…


An Ancient Indian text that presumes you perceive your life as a story; suggests we might as well learn in the manner we are wired to think.

Vishnu Sharma proposes an alternative pedagogy in the world-renowned book of animal fables- Panchatantra, only if we are cognizant of his immediate intention and context. One may feel vindicated with his alternative pedagogy as the current education system evokes unequivocal disapproval.

We are all not as fortunate as Mowgli to have been acquainted with the wild as well and early as he got to be. A child’s first introduction to the wild happens quite away from it, yet very much in its own being. With their imaginative capacity to conjure images and tie them into a narrative or a story…


A trajectory of India’s secular convictions over the years, left to right.
A trajectory of India’s secular convictions over the years, left to right.
A trajectory of India’s secular convictions and ethnic conflicts; left to right.

Growth, Development, and Ethnic Conflict in Reform Narratives in India

Economic narratives are mostly predicated upon the need for maximum economic growth that a country can achieve. These narratives are consistently and thoroughly imagined from the perspective of a government’s ability to enhance a polity’s infrastructure and encourage the public to be actively involved in the changing economic times to address the dynamically changing global economy. However, Amartya Sen and Jean Dréze inform how this economic growth model can be oblivious to the needs of the public for whom it, ideally and expectedly, lays down an economic vision, to begin with. The omissions in a government’s concerns may range from…

Mohammad Ashraf Khan

Student of political science; and learner of all arts, fine and unfine.

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