Spot the odd one.
Dipesh Chakrabarty. Provincialising Europe.
David Lloyd, “Ireland after History.”
Jacques Derrida, The Death Penalty (via post-makhno)
Some experience of direct oppression, I’m told by my students, is required to come to political awareness.
Teaching The Hunger Games today in a class on dystopian futures, naturally, suicide as political protest came up. Interestingly, one of my students brought up the burning monk, but none knew of the self-immolations of the Arab uprisings.
Meanwhile in Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi cannot make up his mind about the official language to be used in the Barak valley. Will he get more votes if it’s Axomiya? Should he stick to a 1967 exception that made Bangla the official language here? He sends a circular asking Assamese to be used for all official communication, then rescinds it after a year, inviting the ire of both the BJP and the AGP, which is apparently planning a statewide hunger strike to get the centre to implement the Assam Accord signed way back in 1985. What is the Assam Accord? It disenfranchises ‘foreigners’ who came to Assam after 1966, requiring them to be registered under the Foreigners Act, 1939. Those who came after March 25th, 1971, are to be “detected, deleted and expelled.” This was also the document that promised the setting up of an oil refinery and an IIT in Assam, in addition to the reopening of one Ashok Paper Mill and unspecified Jute Mills. The Numaligarh refinery became Assam’s fourth in 1999, and IIT Guwahati became functional in 1995. Electoral rolls still swell with illegal migrants from Bangladesh, however, and ethnic Assamese still feel threatened by the impending demographic threat and the central government’s neglect in “preserving and promoting the cultural, linguistic and social identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”
In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Mashud Parves Rana says consul general Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, forced him to work from 6:30 am to 11 pm, seven days a week for 18 months — and never paid him a dime.