It’s Pride Month, and here are five queer South Asian speculative stories to raise a toast

It’s Pride Month, and here are five queer South Asian speculative stories to raise a toast

Strange characters were present in speculative fiction from the genre, perhaps because of their interest in representing alternatives to what has been considered the “normal” human experience. Most of these earlier representations were negative, often evil, like the murdered Carmilla lesbian or morally ambiguous protagonist, not the age, The Portrait of Dorian Gray.

Fortunately, these two works were more than a century old, and although it is not easy for a century people particularly strangers, it was also a century of many triumphs – more and more people coming out of the closet, demanding dignity, acceptance, and Rights, including the right to be duly represented in the literature and the media. The speculative fiction community arose immediately, and it is difficult to find a science fiction or fantasy story these days, which is openly homophobic in its plot or insinuation.

And it’s not just white foreigners or writers who write those strange stories of speculative fiction – many writers in South Asia also write them. For a month of pride, I bring you a list of five short stories from speculative fiction writers from South Asian contemporaries. Some of these stories almost depend on their characters, but others do not – because strangers also do other things in life, like the rule kingdoms, move to other planets have relationships with their parents, brothers, and friends.

Sri Lankan American writer Mary Anne Mohanraj built a world of South Asian flavor encompassing several planets and species in which humans exist in polyamor marriage contracts. Space Jump, written in 2009, is the oldest in the history of this universe. In this case, a spatial family refers to the introduction of a new member into their fold. This story is followed by the novel The Stars Mohanraj Change (2015), another story titled “Communion” and “web” and more stories that expand the universe continues to write.

Shweta Narayan was – several histories – meticulously re-writing the history of India, by inserting a tribe called “mechanics” that is built, runs on gears and barriers, and put robots to a deep shame. The stories shine with well-studied details. The protagonist of this story is Jahanara, the eldest daughter of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who remained of the Padishah Begum empire throughout his life. It begins as Jahanara receives the French Embassy sent by Napoleon in the Diwan-i-Khas and crosses multiple historical antecedents until its unexpected but tender end.

Other stories from this series appeared in the anthology The Book of the Jungle Mechanic and Lightspeed Magazine. Narayan wrote poetry and fiction and was for many years the co-editor of the very well-designed small speculative poetry magazine Stone Telling. Her writing is erudite and controlled, often bilingual – every story and poem are a work of postcolonial interpretation, feminist and queer history and Indian mythology.

American Indian writer Shveta Thakrar wrote a fiction for young adults with an atmosphere of fairy tale and fantasy Indian stories for older readers who nonetheless retain a childish astonishment. Some of their stories are based on a historical time or place.

How Three Pakistani Nationals, Living In Bengaluru, Managed To Get Aadhaar Cards

How Three Pakistani Nationals, Living In Bengaluru, Managed To Get Aadhaar Cards

How Three Pakistani Nationals, Living In Bengaluru, Managed To Get Aadhaar Cards

El jueves, tres ciudadanos pakistaníes que viven en la India bajo falsas identidades fueron detenidos en Bangalore. Entre sus documentos de identidad, también hubo tarjetas Aadhaar que todo parecía poseer.

Los dos hombres y una mujer fueron identificados como Shamsuddin Khasif, Samira Abdul Rahman Kiron y Ghulam Ali. Un ciudadano indio, Muhammed Shihab, natural de Kerala, habría ayudado.

Entonces, ¿cómo estos ciudadanos paquistaníes se las arreglan para conseguir Aadhaar tarjetas?

Este fue falsos nombres y un contrato de alquiler casa.

La investigación preliminar reveló que tres ciudadanos paquistaníes y Kerala nativo Mohammad Shihab tenía un contrato de arrendamiento de su casa en Kumaraswamy diseño.

En estos documentos, el nombre fue cambiado. Samara Abdul Rehman, después de Karachi fue nombrado Najma, mientras Kirhon convirtió Kiran, informa el hindú. Estos documentos falsos fueron utilizados para comprar Aadhaar tarjetas.
Muhammed Shihab y Samira niña paquistaní se casaron y comenzaron a vivir en Bangalore después de que sus familias se oponen al partido. La otra pareja también vivía allí por la misma razón.

Según los informes, consiguieron Aadhaar tarjetas hechas tan poco como 100 Rs.

“La información que hemos recibido hasta ahora de los acusados ​​es que consiguieron de Aadhaar tarjetas para tan poco como Rs 100. ¿Cómo reaccionaron y los documentos que se utiliza para obtener son siendo objeto de investigación “, dijo un funcionario policial.

El caso ha pedido otra serie de preguntas sobre el sistema biométrico de tarjetas Aadhaar. Si bien era una solución para tarjetas de identidad falsificados, es obvio que no funciona.

La policía está ahora tratando de rastrear a las personas que ayudaron a la familia para proteger los documentos.

“Hemos detenido a cuatro personas bajo diversas disposiciones de la Ley de pasaportes, la conspiración y la creación de documentos falsos, declaraciones falsas, etc. El interrogatorio se lleva a cabo no sólo por la policía del estado, sino también por los organismos centrales para verificar toda la información proporcionada por ellos “, Praveen Sood dijo el comisionado de la policía Bangalore.

Según los informes, el trío de Pakistán cruzó la frontera Indo-Nepal Katmandú desde allí hace un año. Llegaron a Nepal desde Qatar a través de Muscat, en Omán. Luego llegaron a Patna, en Bihar antes de pasar a Bangalore.

Delhi Metro: ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage’ line to be launched on Sunday

ITO-Kashmere Gate 'Heritage' Line to be Launched on Sunday

Delhi Metro: ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage’ line to be launched on Sunday

The ‘Heritage Line’ gate of Delhi’s OIC-Kashmere gate will be open Sunday with the Commissioner of Railway Safety, clearing the way for its long-awaited commercial launch, the DMRC said today.
Vietnamese Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Minister Arvind Kejriwal jointly opened the line in 10 hours and will be open for public use at 12 pm, said DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal.
Commissioner Metro Rail Safety (CMR) has given the green light for the formal launch of the 5.17 km long runner after a two-day inspection earlier in the week.
With its launch, the subway will make a major incursion into Old Delhi or the “walled city” with three stations – Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort.
The new line, which is essentially an extension of the purple line through Faridabad and ITO, currently take a considerable charge for the Chandni Chowk and Chawri Yellow Line Bazaar stations.
Once the section is started, residents of the densely populated area, consisting of areas in and around the Mughal powerhouse “Shahjahanabad” will have direct access to business centers such as Connaught Place, Janpath the offices of the Secretariat and the satellite center of Faridabad.
“Shahjahanabad” with red fortress as crowned glory, was founded by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-17th century.
The three stations of this line, underground, were designed according to the legacy of the area to give an overview of its past and its dynamic present.
The DMRC had approached the CEMR, the coordinating agency that deals with the safety problems of train and rail operations in the country, for the inspection of the line in March.
The DMRC has also submitted documents to the ISA (Safety Independent Assessor) for the safety certification of section signaling systems, where train tests began last August.
The RSMC says that any corridor suitable for commercial operations after taking into account various technical and civil aspects.
DMRC chief Mangu Singh said the line was well prepared for launch last December, but a job crisis triggered by the ban on construction and demolition activities and demonetization led to delays.

GATE 2018 Eligibility, Age, Limit & Qualifying Degree Criteria

GATE 2018 Eligibility

Students who wish to apply for the GATE exam can review the eligibility criteria for GATE 2018 from here. Graduate of aptitude test in engineering also known as GATE is a national entry examination level is regulated by IIT and CDAI rotation.

This test will be conducted for applicants applying for admission to M.Tech / ME and other programs offered by IIT, NTI and other institutions and colleges. Here we provide details on eligibility for GATE 2018.


General Eligibility:

No minimum or maximum age limit for this test is specified.
GATE exams are mainly for candidates who have completed their studies from a recognized university.
Students who appear in the final year of the qualification exam are also eligible for (except in some integrated courses and AMIE, etc. 5 years).
No minimum percentage appears in the GATE exam specified.
No limit prescribed attempt to apply this test.

Eligibility To be eligible:

Before applying for the examination, candidates must verify the eligibility criteria. Here we mention the degree of qualification / test for the different courses:

Qualifying Degree/Exam Qualifying Degree/Exam (Descriptive) Degree Status Year of Qualification (Not later than)
BE/B.Tech/B.Pharm Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/ Technology) and those students are in the final year of such programs Pursuing in the final year or already completed 2018
B.Arch Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Five years) Pursuing in the final year or already completed 2018
B.Sc. (Research)/ BS Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) Pursuing in the 4th year or already completed 2018
M. Sc./ MCA/MA or equivalent Master’s degree in any stream of Science/Mathematics / Computer Applications/ Statistics or equivalent Pursuing in the final year or already completed 2018
Int. ME/ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.) Post-B.Sc Integrated Master degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year) Pursuing in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or already completed 2020
Int. ME/ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five year) Pursuing in the 4th or 5thyear or already completed 2019
Int. M.Sc/ Int. BS-MS Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated BS/MS program Pursuing in the final year or already completed 2018
Professional Society Examination (equivalent to BE/B.Tech/B.Arch) BE/B.Tech/B.Arch equivalent exams of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE. Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

Candidates, those from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ethiopia & Singapore must have to completed or are in the last year of their bachelors degree in engineering/technology or masters degree (M.Sc) in any relevant science subject.

Marina beach protests were like Occupy Wall Street, says director of jallikattu documentary

Marina beach protests were like Occupy Wall Street, says director of jallikattu documentary

Director Santhosh Gopal is baffled, there is no documentary on the pro-Jallikattu demonstrations that swept Chennai in January. It began as minor agitations in Tamil Nadu against the refusal of the Supreme Court to receive requests challenging its ban on traditional bullfighting in 2014 and quickly became an unprecedented gathering of 1,000 rupees in Marina Beach in the capital of Tamil Nadu.

Gopal, who began his career as an assistant to filmmaker PC Sreeram, documenting the riots, which lasted for several days, was the most obvious response as a director. “It was a historic event filled with material that begged to be fired,” he told

The documentary Gopal Jallikattu is in the post-production phase. A summary has already been discussed at the United Nations office in Nairobi. Produced by wife Nirupama, the film also has Anurag Kashyap as executive producer.

When did you decide to shoot pro-Jallikattu events?
On January 17, I received a text message that asked me to join a protest on Marina Beach by a group of people in favor of Jallikattu. I went there without my camera because I wanted to see what was happening. Around 4000 people gathered in the afternoon before Vivekananda Mandapam. As the night faded into the night, the police and the media arrived. Then I asked my driver to pick up my camera. I had no idea that the protest will continue for a week. I just wanted to record something to upload to YouTube.

It was a very different protest. The police asked the crowd what their demands are. No one knew what to say. I noticed that very few in the congregation had been in a rally before. Later, when the police commissioner asked a representative to file, no one has gone. And yet there was a sense of unified rebellion, an unprecedented type.

Throughout the night, police turn off all the lights on the beach. I had a camera with me. In the middle of the crowd, I saw a man come out of his cell phone and turn on the torches of the lamp. Another man followed, and little by little the beach looked like the stars had descended on the shore of the sea. As a visual, it was fascinating. I spent the night and the next week and filmed everything I saw. I had no writing in mind, no narrative.

People brought banners that said ‘Occupy Marina’ and immediately my mind recalled anti-consumer events in New York in 2011, Occupy Wall Street. I thought there were many similarities between the two movements. The next day, I saw Tamilagam / Tamilandam flags. It was at that moment that I learned that the protest had begun to focus on a single issue and was a single region.

I have identified five protagonists of the beach, each of a different context, and I began to follow their histories. I wanted to know what drove everyone to the beach and through them to understand the anatomy of the protest.

I have used a variety of instruments, unmanned film cameras for phone cameras. An unmanned aircraft was used to capture almost 16 lakh people in a single take. In the end, he had more than 200 hours of film. It was a challenge, of course. But it surprises me that no one else has thought of taking the case as a subject for his film.

A ‘swachch’ toilet experiment in Madagascar that has lessons for the modern world

A ‘swachch’ toilet experiment in Madagascar that has lessons for the modern world

Eleonore Rartjarasoaniony – a 47-year-old mother, a girl and a small shop owner in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo – is in the middle of her garden, looking at two young men in colorful suits and rubber boots to hygienic Loowatt Their new toilet without water that replace the latrines only a few months. At their feet, two skinny chickens and long legs, flocked by a group of soft chicks dressed in something like food, including shoes.

Inside a wooden hut behind his elderly mother, Rartjarasoaniony welcome their guests through a small window that faces the narrow and unpaved street. This is the Rartjarasoaniony store, where it sells a little of everything: kitchen sponges, eggs laid by chickens and freshly brewed coffee, and delivery to customers in small metal cups rinsed in bucket water from a common pump.

As described his new toilets in the soft Malagasy language – and the manager of Loowatt Anselmo Andriamahavita translated – I discern the word Mara in the chain of unknown sounds. At present, I learned that Tsara means “good”, as in well-being and health. Rartjarasoaniony rose to new toilet, as it is cleaner and safer than dependence.

“My family of four people use it, and my three renters who rent the neighboring house are included in the rent,” he said. “Even my son can use it,” he added, echoing the concerns of all mothers in Madagascar, terrified that their young children might someday fall into a pit and humiliate literally.

As most residents of Madagascar Rartjarasoaniony and tenants do not have modern sanitation systems in their homes, they are built with handmade bricks of the red mud of Madagascar. While mobile phones are ubiquitous in Antananarivo, toilets are not. Most people use “Madagascar baths”, that is, dependencies. In the countryside, some villagers even have – when nature calls them, they go to the bushes or in the fields. The most sophisticated of Madagascar that has latrines called “go natural”.

But latrines are not a hygienic solution, not just because they feel and are difficult to clean. Madagascar has so much groundwater that many residents of Antananarivo grow rice in their courses. When torrential rains, floods hit everything. Waste latrines rise and float in the courses, houses, shops, and streets.

The threat is very real. In the latrines of a neighbor on the other side of the street, sordid gray almost reaches the surface of the pit, a clear threat comes to the next storm. “When the toilet was used before the pit, and it was raining, sometimes the water intake,” said Rartjarasoaniony. “And we were afraid of getting sick from the dirt.” The lack of toilets is not an exclusive problem of Madagascar.

The World Health Organization estimates that 2.4 billion people do not have access to basic toilets, and almost 1 billion can not even do their business in the practice of so-called “private outdoor defecation”, the use of Fields, channels or streams. Many countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia face similar sanitation challenges, from the Kings, Francis told North Carolina State University, which develops sanitation management solutions for county development.

In many places, building a toilet system as we know it, is almost impossible. Some places just do not have enough water.