ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Literature

Gaddar (1949–2023)

Gaddar was a remarkable artist who used his music and literature to transform society and raise awareness about people’s rights. His social background gave him a deep insight into oppression of all kinds and how to challenge them effectively. By combining art with a revolutionary ideology, the impact of his life and work will continue to resonate for generations in the Telugu-speaking regions and beyond.

Miya Poetry

Miya poetry is a genre of poems written by Bengal-origin Muslims that highlight the angst of a community that has struggled hard to integrate and assimilate with the larger Axamiya society. In this paper I argue that an analysis of Miya poetry must be placed within the larger context of identity contestation of Bengal-origin Muslims. Accordingly, Miya poetry seeks to stabilise the contested identity of this community by reappropriating the stigmatised social identity of Miya.

 

End of the Postcolonial State

Much of the scholarship on Bangladesh’s founding places it within a narrative of repetition. It either repeats the partitions of 1905 or 1947 or the creation of India and Pakistan as postcolonial states. This paper argues instead for the novelty of Bangladesh’s creation against the postcolonial state, suggesting that it opened up a new history at the global level in which decolonisation was replaced by civil war as the founding narrative for new states.