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The Story of Aath Din

Prashansa Taneja is currently working on a translation of Upendranath Ashk's memoir of his supposed enmity with Manto, "Manto: Mera Dushman". Below is an excerpt which chronicles Manto and Ashk's time together working at Filmistan in the early forties. The two first worked together in AIR Delhi along with Krishan Chander and other Hindi/Urdu writers. [...]

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

I reviewed a couple of new(ish) books. Following are snippets from the two reviews. Junaid Rana, Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora A few days after 9/11, Mark Stroman walked into a Dallas petrol pump and shot the attendant, Rais Bhuyian, in the face. Before pulling the trigger, he asked the Bangladeshi [...]

XQs II: A Conversation with Kavita Datla

A regular series on CM, XQs (Ten Questions), is a conversation with the author of new and exciting works in South Asian Studies. The aim is not to “review” but to contextualize, historicize and promote new scholarship – sepoy. Kavita S. Datla received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She is currently Associate Professor at Mount [...]

This is the second, and concluding, reflection of a two-part essay. This essay is dedicated to the memory of Michael Hastings. Following the first part of this essay, I want to outline here some thoughts on how the practices of the post-9/11 security state in the US dovetail with the current social forms of American patriotism [...]

XQs I: A Conversation with Teena Purohit

The inaugural issue of a regular series on CM, XQs (Ten Questions), is a conversation with the author of new and exciting works in South Asian Studies. The aim is not to "review" but to contextualize, historicize and promote new scholarship. I am actively looking for authors & interlocutors so, do get in touch with [...]

Part of this essay is adapted from my book manuscript, "Refuge: A work of Memory, Cities, and Loss." My deepest gratitude to the archivists at the National Archives at San Francisco and the Bancroft Library at Berkeley, who keep our pasts--and, through those pasts, our futures--alive. This is the first part of a two-part essay. [...]

Taking Liberties

Here's a new interview with me about my translations of Upendranath Ashk's short stories compiled in Hats and Doctors. Here's an excerpt, on metaphors for the relationship between the writer and the translator: Can you give us a metaphor for the relationship between a translator and a writer? That’s a good question! For some reason [...]

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