Of Purity and Autonomy: A Nation for Whom?

This third issue of The Sparkplug considers the challenges and contradictions that are entangled in Kashmir’s pursuit for self-determination. Included is a conversation with author and human rights lawyer Nandita Haksar, based around her research on how the nationalist movement in Jammu and Kashmir intersects with the socio-economic challenges that in turn face migrants to Northeast India. Accompanying the… Continue reading Of Purity and Autonomy: A Nation for Whom?

Pesticides and Poverty: The smoldering legacy of Bhopal

This edition of The Sparkplug commemorates the legacy of the tragic gas explosion that shook Bhopal on December 2, 1984, and critiques the role of neocolonial development by corrupt governments and corporate cronies. Featured in this issue is an interview with Montreal-based playwright and theatrical director Rahul Varma, who wrote the events into a play called Bhopal (premiered in… Continue reading Pesticides and Poverty: The smoldering legacy of Bhopal

Seeds of Alienation

The politics of exclusion in Kashmir’s independence movement By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The SparkplugOctober 2020 “Festering wounds we Kashmiris bear, fleeing tyranny from all sidesWe have witnessed nothing but pillaging of our abodesOur own joined strangers in marauding our own … When we greet spring and autumn with the same… Continue reading Seeds of Alienation

Excerpts: The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism

“We’re born in crackdowns, we die in curfews” By Nandita HaksarExcerpts originally published with Inverse Journal (from The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism, Speaking Tiger Books)Published in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The SparkplugOctober 2020 From Preface to new edition of The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism. The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, while announcing… Continue reading Excerpts: The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism

Of what use is memory?

The Union Carbide gas explosion in Bhopal still lingers, 36 years later. Though occurring all too frequently, few industrial tragedies have imprinted so strongly on international struggles against multinational corporations as the gas explosion in Bhopal. By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 4 of The SparkplugDecember 2020 A persistent ghost On December 2, 1984… Continue reading Of what use is memory?