Articles by Divya Pradhan

OUR PRIMER

Only a being can belong. Where is your being? You talk about Right, Left and Centre? You are a photocopy of a photocopy. Can’t you see, there is no You, there is no Home, there is no Us? Outfoxed, outmaneuvered, overpowered, outplayed, don’t you realize that you have been reduced to a speck of dust? The Right has no use for specks of dust and neither does the Left.



Special Series on Gorkhaland Andolan – Shards of Memories from a Shattered Mirror – Part II

My aunts waited for the cremation to end and sat and gossiped among themselves. They were talking about some place where women had cremated the dead, an unheard of practice, Keti haru lay garnu parcha abo. Someone also mentioned in hushed voices that in some tea garden, a woman had given birth to a dark-skinnned baby, “nikkhur kalo nani”. There was anxiety in their voices. I didn’t really understand the implication of these conversations.



Natrabhanay: Of Threats and Threatened Species

As I was saying, threats have also changed over the years. Cha inchi – probably because we are vertically wanting and are insecure about our Gorkha height – has always worked. So why say ” Marchu” or “tauko kati dinchu”, when you can say “Natrabhanay cha inchi… ” ?


Ram in Darjeeling

The idea of Ram as it evolved when growing up in Darjeeling Hills, from comic books, to television series, and Nepali language’s most important scripture.


Say No To NOTA

We have to make a well thought-out choice and cast our vote for a candidate and through our choices may weigh heavily upon us, we will at least have made one. At the struggle for the soul of our community intensifies, we simply do not have a choice but to make a choice.


The Childhood Days and Ways

FLASHBACK ONE “Khuchhing taala maitala Dus paisa ko suntala” This was a fun oriented chant which we choired jerking our shoulders upwards and downwards in…


Decoding The GJMM-GNLF Alliance

When we vote, we will be voting to win back our agency, our rights as citizens of India, our right to political dissent, our right to make constitutional demands, our right to fair trail, our right to the internet, our right over our natural resources, our right to hold protest marches, right to assemble, and our right to determine our own fate under the Indian Constitution.