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Kerim’s Triptych for Sunday, August 20th, 2023

Kerim’s Triptych for Sunday, August 20th, 2023
Muslim women in Shaheen Bagh protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, on Feb. 22, 2020. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images

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Item 1: I haven’t seen the Paris Commune, but I’ve seen Shaheen Bagh

Muslim women in Shaheen Bagh protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, on Feb. 22, 2020. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images

In the June 25, 2023 edition of Triptych I shared a short animation about Umar Khalid. Thanks to this beautifully written in-depth piece of journalism from Sonia Faleiro you can now get his full story.

Her description of the Shaheen Bagh protest is particularly moving. The protests sparked a national movement and Kahlid spoke at around 70 such protests before he was jailed.

In several cities, the peaceful gatherings, known as the anti-CAA protests, were led by students on Muslim-majority campuses. They recited the preamble to the constitution, which mandates a secular state. . . So many hundreds of people were detained in Delhi that the police sought permission from the city to convert a sports stadium into a temporary prison.
As the protests and police violence raged, about 100 women sat down to block a main road in the largely Muslim neighborhood of Shaheen Bagh. Their sit-in lasted through the night into the morning and kept going. Every day, more and more people from all over the city joined them. “Hum Dekhenge,” or “We Shall See,” by the poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, became their anthem:
Underneath our feet — we the governed.
The ground will echo like a thumping heartbeat
And the sky over the heads of the rulers
Will echo with the sound of thunder.
“It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen,” Lahiri told me. “I haven’t seen the Paris Commune, but I’ve seen Shaheen Bagh.”

Item 2: The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia

An online multimedia work by artist Ho Tzu Nyen, “the critical dictionary of southeast asia (cdosea), begins with a question: what constitutes the unity of southeast asia — a region never unified by language, religion or political power?”

cdosea proceeds by proposing 26 terms — one for each letter of the english / latin alphabet. each term is a concept, a motif, or a biography, and together they are threads weaving together a torn and tattered tapestry of southeast asia.

Item 3: How language began

In a short TEDx talk, based on his book of the same name, Dan Everett argues that language preceded humans, starting with Homo erectus. There is a full transcript for those who prefer reading to listening.

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