The contributors to this issue of The Long View analyse current crises in India, Palestine and Westernised women’s movements. Given the current world-wide pandemic, questions of what type of world we want once, God-willing, this crisis is over, must find its answer in resolving the this question. Read the issue online here.
In From Nellie to Shaheen Bagh: India’s inherent contradictions come to a violent head, Zulkarnain Banday looks at the anti-Muslim violence in Delhi early this year as but one of a spate of anti-Muslim but also anti-minority pogroms and massacres that are the culmination of the decades long institutionalisation of Hindutva politics, groups and politicians. He argues that the roots of India’s anti-Muslim violence lie deep in its recent history and impact all minoritized communities.
Asa Winstanley argues that Donald Trump’s “peace plan” for Palestine is no aberration. Rather than the exception, this so-called deal is in fact more of the same in the history of treachery against the Palestinian cause. Realising this is key to the project of Palestinian liberation.
As women and girls become both more affected by and more vocal against over sexualization, Hakimeh Saghaye-Biria argues in Sex and sensuality: the sexual objectification of women and girls and the dilemma of Western feminisms, that a reckoning must be had within Western(ised) feminisms regarding the policies and programs that often promote objectification whilst claiming to promote gender equality and liberation.
Salina Khan looks at the practical implementation of these policies in the context of Pakistan. She argues in Under which the colonized fall: some notes on the Pakistan Aurat March, that women’s rights movements in Pakistan need to re-evaluate their modus operandi and their logic when seeking liberation and justice for their sisters. Without a culture and religion specific orientation, she argues, they are doomed to fail in all except the continued exploitation of Pakistani women as the hands of their fellow countrymen and colonial powers.
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