Published 23 June 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing An art exhibition bringing together Hindu artists - who had to flee Indian-administered Kashmir - with their Muslim counterparts has struck an emotional chord with locals, reports Sameer Yasir. Avtar Krishan Raina, a Kashmiri Hindu or Pandit, has returned to the home he fled for the first time since he left in 1990 in order to participate in a unique exhibition that has brought artists and sculptors from his community together with Muslim artists. Mr Raina is one of an estimated 200,000 people in his community who were forced to leave the state in the early 1990s under threat from Muslim militants who had initiated a violent insurgency against Indian rule in the region. One day, he says, he came home to find that separatist militants had stuck a poster outside his home. It demanded that he poison his dog, which barked … [Read more...] about The Kashmiri art bringing Hindus and Muslims together
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By the time I arrived at Brooklyn’s Park Slope farmers’ market in search of a pawpaw one morning last week, it was already too late: The weird green fruit had sold out within an hour. “You have to get here early,” Jeff Rowe of Orchard Hill Organics, the market’s lone pawpaw vendor, told me. The day before, I had struck out in Manhattan’s expansive Union Square Greenmarket, where a seller told me pawpaws were extremely rare. The most upscale grocery stores—the kind that sell black garlic and cotton-candy grapes—also had none to offer. I yearned to taste the enigmatic fruit that so many people seem to be talking about lately. Food writers marvel at how “magical” it is. Bartenders mix rum-and-pawpaw cocktails . At pawpaw festivals across the country, chefs whip up dishes such as pawpaw chicken wraps and pawpaw curry puffs. The pawpaw is having a moment, perhaps because it is a mass of contradictions: Its custardy flesh, ranging in color from butter yellow to sunset orange, tastes … [Read more...] about Maybe Someday, We Will All Eat Pawpaws
Published 3 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing By Geeta Pandey BBC News, Delhi Just weeks after the US Supreme Court passed a controversial order that allowed individual states to ban or severely restrict the ability for pregnant women to get abortions, a similar case made headlines in India. While overturning of the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling was described as "a huge step back for women's rights", Thursday's order by the Indian Supreme Court - in contrast - is being hailed as "historic" and "a big step forward" for women's rights. The ruling - which said that all women, including those not married and persons other than cis-gender women, had equal rights to abortion - is indeed a progressive one in a country that's home to 73 million single women. The order came on a petition brought to the top court in July by a 25-year-old single woman who had been in a … [Read more...] about India abortion: Why Supreme Court ruling is a huge step forward
A full century since seizing the reigns of the Russian state from the grip of a weak cabinet and an ousted royal dynasty, Vladimir Lenin can still draw a crowd in Russia's capital, Moscow. But the citizens of Russia no longer gather in Red Square to hear the leader of the 1917 revolution give a rousing speech, rather they queue for a glimpse of Lenin's inanimate body, embalmed and laid to rest in his public tomb. Whether or not Lenin should remain on show in front of the Kremlin is a debate that began even while he was alive. As his health declined, Lenin's acolytes discussed whether his body should be displayed in a masoleum. His contemporaries Leon Trotsky, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Bukharin famously opposed the idea of his embalming, while his late wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, wrote for the Pravda newspaper in the year of his death: "Do not build for him monuments, castles in his name, (hold) opulent receptions in his memories etc. To all of this he assigned such little … [Read more...] about Can Russia Ever Bury Its Past With Lenin in Red Square?
The other day I was complaining about someone’s behaviour, as you do, and then after a while the person I was complaining to stopped me and said: “You know what the answer is, don’t you? Be more Camilla.” A few weeks ago my response would have been “What?” or “Camilla Who?” Not now, obviously. You don’t need to have read all the recent profiles of the Queen Consort to have a clear sense that she is the modern embodiment of a good egg. She has some of the best qualities of the late Queen – a genuine curiosity about people, a country woman’s no-nonsense approach to life – and the past days have confirmed her as a trooper in the best tradition (she did it all with a broken toe, we are told). When my friend advised being more Camilla, she meant “Rise above it. Smile and forget”. “Being more Camilla” is not something that would have occurred to us until this moment – we never would have advised each other to “be more Queen Elizabeth” after all. But Camilla is more like us : 20 years … [Read more...] about Six ways to be more Camilla
Beto O'Rourke, who is considering joining the crowded Democratic 2020 presidential field, took time to congratulate Bernie Sanders, who just joined the race on Tuesday. O'Rourke, however, added one important caveat: "I'm a capitalist," he said, marking a clear distinction between him and Sanders, a democratic socialist. O'Rourke might be sensitive about being lumped in with Sanders after SenatorTed Cruz of Texas repeatedly called the former congressman a socialist during his fight for Cruz's Senate seat in the 2018 midterm elections. When asked to name something he admired about O'Rourke during a debate, Cruz used the opportunity to compare O'Rourke to Sanders and say Sanders was a big fan of socialism. "Bernie Sanders believes in what he is fighting for. He believes in socialism. Now, I think what he is fighting for doesn't work. But I think you are absolutely sincere, like Bernie. You believe in expanding government and high taxes," said Cruz. O'Rourke has also repeatedly … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke on Bernie Sanders: ‘I’m a Capitalist’
George Miller’s 2015 insta-classic Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most propulsive movies ever made. It tracks a caravan of souped-up vehicles blasting across the desert in a glorious postapocalyptic battle. His follow-up is, on the surface, quite the opposite. Three Thousand Years of Longing is primarily focused on a long conversation between two characters wearing bathrobes in a fancy Turkish hotel room. But that first impression sells the film short. Miller’s latest work, about an introverted professor (played by Tilda Swinton) and the djinn she accidentally summons to her room (Idris Elba), is an intimate romance—one that sacrifices none of Miller’s glorious maximalism. The film, based on a short story by A. S. Byatt, is a piece of magical realism that has a lot in common with Miller’s fanciful works, such as The Witches of Eastwick and Babe: Pig in the City . Miller’s constant strength is his sense of wonder—he can conjure up the most unexpected spins on familiar … [Read more...] about The Whimsical, Intellectual Chemistry of Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton