The classroom doesn’t allow hierarchies, instead it is a democratic space rather than an autocratic space. The impulse to control and exclude stems actually from the doctrine of discipline, which we hold sacrosanct, since we internalize it at school. It is unfortunate that in this day and age the doctrine is still being upheld.
Song and music has been an inalienable part of Kashmiri culture, and has invariably reflected the ethos of the times in which it has been produced. As the winds of modernity blow over Kashmir, the song has seen a paradigm shift as it is now produced in accompaniment to non-traditional instruments.
The violence inflicted by the advertisement is a stark reminder of the ways in which populist imagination and the free market forces collude to draw ridicule and undermine the legitimate concerns of a marginalized people.
A slogan is inherently a public act. Unlike my private act of resistance, it achieves meaning and power only when it is performed in a public place. A slogan is a way of indicating that the public space which is regulated by the state, will be reconfigured and reimagined as the protestors seek to reclaim control of the space.
Who needs a girlfriend when one has a pari for a lover? (dillagi hai PARI say toh KHAREE kya cheez hai). I was engrossed in pleasant dreams of the pari when I became conscious of a slight tingling in my right arm. As I roused myself, I became aware that the baba was raining blows on me with a plastic rod to ward off the pari.