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Your House is Burning Sister, You Better Pray: The Unholy Union of Patriarchy & Religion in Sri Lanka

Nimmi Gowrinathan and Fathima Cader expose the intensity with which patriarchy upholds a religious nationalism that has Sri Lanka's women, and Muslim women in particular, cornered with little recourse. 

Why We’re Not Losing: Decoding Indian Sexuality Politics in an Election Year

 Svati Shah provides a historical sketch of the recent 377 judgement, and frames 377 against the broader backdrop of both the vital LGBTQI movements protesting this law and Narendra Modi's ongoing campaign to be India's next prime minister.

United States of Dissent: Converging Political Imaginaries of the Ghadarites and Black Panthers

Simmy Makhijani explores the personal and political intersections between the Ghadaries and the Black Panthers in the Bay Area. She invites us to ask how we might carve out political space as South Asians in relation to our shared and divergent radical pasts, through the lens of a 'polycultural' tradition.

Inquilab Zindabad

Choreographer Joti Singh reflects on her own familial connections to Ghadar history,  staged recently in her production "Red, Saffron, and Green."

Rebellion and the Ghadar Centennial

How do we practice and understand revolution? How has the spirit of Ghadar shaped the communities we form in the present, and how have we transformed radical action in the 21st century?

Circles of Gender Justice

Dear Readers,

Gendered violence plays a pervasive and significant role in the lives of modern women around the globe. In that vein, we present a special issue on women’s responses and activism against gender-based violence in South Asian and South Asian diasporic communities.

Typography and Other Inspirations for Feminist Artistic Actions

A long history of agit prop inspires SAWCC's recent "FreedomSafetyNow" protest against gender-based violence.

Reinforcing Demands for Gender Justice: The War Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh

In 2010, the Bangladesh Government, led by Sheikh Hasina, set up the International Crimes Tribunal and charged as many as 12 individuals for participating and assisting in war crimes and crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan. The tribunals not only address the worst rape concentration camps in history; they also reveal the inner struggles of a society as it faces demands for gender justice, along with secularism and social justice.  Unnoticed by most of the world, there is a revolution happening here.

YaliniDream / Safety Zones / Salted Wounds

I entered Sri Lankan Tamil politics simply by telling my own story and listening to family and community stories. My earliest childhood memories were of Jaffna (Yalpannam), Sri Lanka—the place after whom I was named. My bedtime stories were of the struggle of Tamil people. Of gatherings tear gassed. Of riots. And of my parents along with the rest of our community, standing up for our rights.

Long-Distance Radicalism: In Conversation with SAMAR’s Virtual Editorial Collective

Anantha Sudhakar's "Long-Distance Radicalism: In Conversation with SAMAR’s Virtual Editorial Collective," provides a glimpse of SAMAR's volunteer editorial collective, which has sustained the magazine over the past 20 years and contextualizes SAMAR within South Asian Diasporic progressive activism.

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