2021: An Inverse Year in Review
January 1, 2022
With 2021 just behind us, we look back at all the pieces published during the past year in ascending chronological order on an animated timeline. Here are all the pieces published by our contributors and from Creative Commons sources that shaped Inverse Journal's 2021. You can click on any piece that you may have missed or that you may want to revisit and it will open in a new browser tab. With this timeline, we say hello to a new year.

January 07, 2021

Interrogating the Anthropology of Biopolitics and Education in Kashmir — by Ruhail Andrabi

Through a wide array of ideas applied from political science, anthropology, contemporary philosophy, and critical theory, Ruhail Andrabi presents an extensive paper that interrogates the…Read More

January 09, 2021

Karamat Ali Khan and the Car – A Short Story by O. Kashmiri

In this second story from the "Karamat Ali Khan" series, the anonymous O. Kashmiri returns with a dark tale involving Karamat and his four sons…Read More

January 20, 2021

The Last Words of a Dying Moon — Two Ghazals by Sameem Wani

A young and avid writer of ghazals, Sameem Wani shares two of his latest from a wider collection. These two arrive in the English language,…Read More

January 24, 2021

Perspective: Is India’s New Policy on Media in Kashmir Vicious? — by Shahnaz Bashir

In this opinion piece Shahnaz Bashir evaluates the potential consequences and repercussions of the 53-page “New Media Policy” set to regulate the Kashmiri press in…Read More

January 30, 2021

Possible selves of a hashtag: Moving from the theory of speech acts to cultural objects to interpret hashtags — by Gevisa La Rocca

Abstract: In recent years hashtag studies have increased their numbers. The role of hashtags becomes increasingly predominant in social media studies. Many researchers wonder how…Read More

January 31, 2021

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s <em>This Mournable Body</em> (2020, Faber) — A Book Review by Dr. Chaandreyi Mukherjee

Dr. Chaandreyi Mukherjee reviews Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga’s critically acclaimed novel that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in July 2020. The Mournable Body is…Read More

February 04, 2021

The Animal Touch — by Mubashir Karim

While evaluating the writings of various philosophers and theorists like Jacques Derrida and Donna Haraway, Mubashir Karim presents an extensive paper that considers the central…Read More

February 07, 2021

Freedom Through Untouchability: A Letter to Kashmiris — by Murad Saleem

A deeply embedded sense of existential threat has surrounded Kashmiris from multiple directions, materializing in varying challenges and struggles throughout their history. This letter by…Read More

February 08, 2021

Everything I Wish You Had Told Me — A Poem by Jagdeep Raina

From the present time and within the terrain of scattered memory, artist Jagdeep Raina presents a poem that digs into a history of Kashmir beyond…Read More

February 18, 2021

Prajnya Gender Talks: Muslim Women, Agency and Resistance in Kashmir — by Dr. Inshah Malik

Dr. Inshah Malik speaks in relative detail about her monograph, “Muslim Women, Agency and Resistance Politics: The Case of Kashmir” (Palgrave Pivot, 2019). The book…Read More

February 26, 2021

Documentary Premiere — CRES: ONE LIFE

In anticipation of the soon-to-be-released longform “Hip Hop Retrospective” piece commemorating the body of work that Cres has produced over the last two decades, Inverse…Read More

March 16, 2021

“Nothing moved except the mirage”: Analysing Fear and Freedom in Adania Shibli’s <em>Minor Detail</em> — by Dr. Chaandreyi Mukherjee

Dr. Chaandreyi Mukherjee presents an academic paper that is also a book review for Palestinian author Adania Shibli's 2020 novel, “Minor Detail” (New Directions). A…Read More

March 17, 2021

Kashmiri Haecceity — A Poem by Saba Zahoor

Saba Zahoor’s poem on Kashmir presents her place of origin as existing outside of a human-made time. Through her verses, the poet traverses multiple histories…Read More

March 18, 2021

From My Memory to Her Heart – A Poem by Khawar Khan Achakzai

On August 5, 2019, Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution were revoked to enforce the status of Union Territory on the state of…Read More

March 18, 2021

The Cow Theft – A Short Story by Nageen Rather

Nageen Rather returns to Inverse with a new short story where a “paradox of quantum superposition” like Schrödinger's cat, both dead and alive, involves the…Read More

March 20, 2021

Karamat Ali Khan and the Price of Snow — A Short Story by O. Kashmiri

In this third instalment of the Karamat Ali Khan series, O. Kashmiri brings us the fictional account of how the Mountain Side, along with the…Read More

March 20, 2021

“Chai, Khatai and a Militant” — An Excerpt from Sandeep Raina’s <em>A Bit of Everything</em> (Context/Westland, 2020)

Inverse Journal presents an exclusive excerpt from Sandeep Raina’s recently released novel, A Bit of Everything (2020) courtesy of the publisher (Context/Westland). This excerpt is…Read More

March 21, 2021

The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era: Hip-Hop’s Rebels (2019, Palgrave Macmillan) — by Christopher Vito

Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, this book uncovers the historical trajectory of U.S. independent hip-hop in the post-golden era, seeking to understand its complex relationship to…Read More

April 10, 2021

L O S T – A Series of Photographs by Adil Manzoor

With a camera in hand, Adil Manzoor returns home to his Kashmir, and in returning, he also returns to a silence that is familiar yet…Read More

April 14, 2021

The Damage is Ours Alone – A Poem by Zabirah Fazili

There are no suitable words to describe or introduce Zabirah Fazili’s latest poem. Within such verses one finds an utterance that every Kashmiri mother, tending…Read More

April 18, 2021

“What will happen now, Abbu?” — An Excerpt from “Life in the Clock Tower Valley” (Speaking Tiger Books, 2021) by Shakoor Rather

"Life in the Clock Tower Valley", the debut novel by Kashmiri journalist Shakoor Rather, travels between “Kashmir’s pristine past, its grievous present and always uncertain…Read More

April 21, 2021

Inside the Friday Convention: Kashmiri Youngsters as Healers — by Mir Yasir Mukhtar

Mir Yasir Mukhtar presents a visual story about the age-old practice of leech therapy from his native Srinagar, with photographs taken at the onset of…Read More

May 03, 2021

The Celluloid Years — An Excerpt from <em>KASHMIR: Looking Back in Time – Politics, Culture, History</em> (Atlantic, 2021) by Khalid Bashir Ahmad

Inverse Journal presents an exclusive excerpt from Khalid Bashir Ahmad’s latest book “Kashmir: Looking Back in Time — Politics, Culture, History” (Atlantic, 2021). In this…Read More

May 03, 2021

Medical oxygen should not be a luxury – we’re trying to develop a cheaper way to produce it — by David Fairen-Jimenez (University of Cambridge)

David Fairen-Jimenez is a Reader at the University of Cambridge and Director at Immaterial. Here he explains the process of developing medical oxygen and the…Read More

May 04, 2021

Introduction: Creating Penguin’s Russian Classics (Routledge, 2021) — by Cathy McAteer

This chapter examines how Allen Lane, his editors, and Penguin's commissioned freelancers created the Penguin Russian Classics series. Before appointing E.V. Rieu as the Penguin…Read More

May 09, 2021

Seven Times Parveena Ahangar Spoke About Being a Mother Looking for Her Son

On August 18th of 1990, at 2 a.m., Parveena Ahangar’s 17-year-old son Javaid Ahmed was taken by a specialized counter-insurgency group (the National Security Guards…Read More

May 12, 2021

In courage with the Palestinians — A Poem by Zabirah Fazili

Young Kashmiri poet Zabirah Fazili returns with a timely ode to the perseverance of the Palestinian people at a difficult time made worse by an…Read More

May 13, 2021

Roof Knocking (2017) — A Short Film Directed by Sina Salimi

In war-stricken Palestine, a woman prepares a meal for her family to break the fast in the month of Ramadan. A phone call by an…Read More

May 14, 2021

On Frantz Fanon, Postcolonial and Middle Eastern Studies, and Palestine and Kashmir — Anthony Alessandrini in Conversation with Amrita Ghosh

Dr. Amrita Ghosh presents the transcript for an exclusive interview and conversation with Professor Anthony Alessandrini (City University of New York, USA) conducted on October…Read More

May 15, 2021

From the Streets of Kashmir to the Heart of Palestine — A Photograph by Zainab

Photograph by Zainab

Earlier this week, a photograph was circulated on social media platforms (like Twitter and Facebook) showing a Kashmiri man marching with a Palestinian flag through…Read More

May 15, 2021

I Was Born Today — A Poem by Abdulla Moaswes

Abdulla Moaswes is originally from Jerusalem, Palestine. On a day such as this he presents a poem of remembrance against forgetting that returns to the…Read More

May 15, 2021

Home Archaeology — by Rela Mazali

A Jewish activist woman from Israel conducts an "archaeological dig" into her immediate physical surroundings and the sites of her successive homes. It recounts her…Read More

May 16, 2021

My Neighbourhood (2012) — A Documentary Film by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

First released in 2012, "My Neighborhood" is a documentary film that follows the life of Mohammed El Kurd, "a Palestinian boy growing up in the…Read More

May 16, 2021

Faasley — A Song of Remembrance by SXR (Prod. by Prxphecy & Timmy Holiday)

After the release of his album (Shalakh) and the music video for the title track by the same name, SXR returns with the music video…Read More

May 19, 2021

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994) — by PBS

On Malcolm X's birthday, an elaborate documentary that explores his political life, his activism and the legacy of resistance he left behind for people around…Read More

May 19, 2021

Three Short Stories by Anton Chekhov in Urdu and Hindi — by Adbi Dunya

Inverse Journal presents three short stories by Anton Chekhov translated into Urdu and Hindi, and recorded in audiobook format by Adbi Dunya. We have included…Read More

May 20, 2021

In Promise of a Reckoning — Two Poems by Parray Shahid

Parray Shahid presents two grief-stricken poems that travel to a distant land and to its peoples, who in many ways are closer to the heart…Read More

May 20, 2021

Captain Fluf’ is a Rager? — A Poem by Bayed Mubarak

In a poem that invokes Edward Said's memorable words in the first verse, Bayed Mubarak surprisingly takes an altogether different direction in engaging with a…Read More

June 09, 2021

JABBER — A Fictional Piece by Juvaria Syed

Juvaria Syed introduces a piece of fiction that is an attempted decalcomania of the ruminations of common Kashmiri people—an attempt to chart the dispersed wanderings,…Read More

June 10, 2021

Social Media and Commodifying Empathy in the Covid-era — by Dr. Amrita Ghosh

This article traces various social media expressions during the ongoing pandemic and asks the overarching question: how should one understand, express and practice compassion and…Read More

June 12, 2021

Tell the Pacifists of Your Land — A Poem by Quratulain Qureshi

Quratulain Qureshi presents a poem that sends across a message that the poet summarizes clearly, without embellishments, and in her own words: “It is wrong…Read More

June 12, 2021

Tricking a Text Into Speaking Your Language — Sixteen Blackout Poems by Asma Firdous

Kashmiri blackout artist Asma Firdous presents sixteen blackout poems and works of word art that she has produced over a specific time. The piece comes…Read More

June 13, 2021

Matamaal — A Poem by Saba Zahoor

Saba Zahoor presents a poem that is close to the heart of anyone who has experienced the love, warmth and care of grandparents. These verses…Read More

June 20, 2021

Street Secrets — A Poem by Rumuz E Bekhudi

Kashmir’s resident poet Rumuz E Bekhudi presents a poem shaped by an economy of verse that packs volumes and tomes of meaning into eight small…Read More

June 24, 2021

Kashmir Meet After Two Years of Ruin: A Reckoning or a New Tack? — by Muzamil Jaleel

In this timely piece (featured in our opinions and perspectives section), Muzamil Jaleel poses and evaluates two essential questions: Is New Delhi’s outreach to pro-India…Read More

June 25, 2021

A Buddhist Monastery of Kashmir Buried in the Past — by Manan Shah

Manan Shah revisits a heritage site that holds the answers to a significant number of questions about the presence and development of Buddhism in Kashmir’s…Read More

June 26, 2021

Two Kashmiri Ghazals by Ather Zia

Ather Zia recites two of her ghazals in Kashmiri for a people and their land, where the idea of a "prolonged longing" has emerged, such…Read More

June 27, 2021

Singing to the World from the Waters of the Dal — Three Lakefront Performances by Ali Saffudin

Ali Saffudin brings us his latest installment—three lakefront songs performed and recorded live on the shores of Srinagar's most visited water body.

July 07, 2021

Reading <i>The Book Thief</i> in Kashmir — A Review by Toiba Paul

Toiba Paul presents her review of “The Book Thief”, the best-selling novel by Markus Zusak that was also adapted into a popular film. Toiba’s review…Read More

August 02, 2021

Rumours of Spring – A Commentary by Tabish Rafiq Mir

Originally published on his personal blog, Tabish Rafiq Mir shares with us a timely review (that is more of an inspired response) to Farah Bashir's…Read More

August 02, 2021

Decolonization: A Starter Kit + Notes on Fake Decolonization — by Bhakti Shringarpure

Dr. Bhakti Shringarpure of University of Connecticut is the editor-in-chief of Warscapes Magazine and specializes in literary and cultural studies, decolonization, gender studies and the…Read More

August 03, 2021

On Gaekhir Republik and the Contemporary Kashmiri Music Scene — by Amjad Majid

Amjad Majid presents three live performances by Kashmiri music collective Gaekhir Republik that rescue the soul from the constructed time imposed on a subject confined…Read More

August 06, 2021

Nazi Hunters — The Complete Season 1 — Eight Episodes (Cineflix, 2011)

In a series of “real-life detective stories,” the eight episodes of “Nazi Hunters” relies on archival material and expert perspectives to present the capture of…Read More

August 15, 2021

Crazy Old Jabar Khan Is Leaving Again — A Short Story by Ifreen Raveen

Set in Chakothi, a village halfway between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, Ifreen Raveen’s short story follows the life of Jabar Khan, an old man separated from…Read More

August 20, 2021

Revisiting PSYCHO (Prod.by Prophecy – SOS ft. SXR & Imaad) — A Kashmiri Hip Hop Review by Amjad Majid

Exactly one year after its release, Amjad Majid revisits one of the most iconic songs from Kashmiri Hip Hop, with a music video that gathered…Read More

August 22, 2021

Mother Tongue — A Short Story by Muzaffar Karim

Muzaffar Karim presents a short story driven by language, the Kashmiri language, and with a protagonist about to embark on a journey. While waiting, Sultan…Read More

August 31, 2021

WHO KILLED MY SON: The Wounded Spectators of the 1990s — An Excerpt from Freny Manecksha’s <i>Behold, I Shine: Narratives of Kashmir’s Women and Children</i> (Rupa Publications, 2017)

Inverse Journal presents Chapter 3 of Freny Manecksha’s seminal text on the women and children of Kashmir, that as much as a book is also…Read More

August 31, 2021

From <i>Aalav</i> to <i>Almeeshaan</i> — An Exclusive and Extended Interview with Zeeshaan Nabi

In this extensive interview, Zeeshaan Nabi—vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for the band Ramooz—discusses his latest solo release (Almeeshaan), his work as an independent musician and the…Read More

September 02, 2021

The Patronising Gaze of the Camera: The Problems with Constructing Visual Identity of Kashmiri Women Around Their Tears — by Sadaf Wani

Previously translated into Bangla and published in Bama Patrika, a Bangla magazine on gender, Sadaf Wani’s piece explores the problems with creating and reproducing visual…Read More

September 05, 2021

In Memoriam: One Day in the Life of Syed Ali Shah Geelani — A Photo Series by Sagar Kaul

Taken in the winter at the beginning of 2015, Sagar Kaul presents 47 photographs documenting the day-to-day life of a man older than the partition.…Read More

September 07, 2021

BOOK EXCERPT: <i>Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation & Women’s Activism in Kashmir</i> (Zubaan, 2020) — by Ather Zia

Inverse Journal presents an excerpt from the first chapter ("The Politics of Mourning") of Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation & Women's Activism in Kashmir (Zubaan, 2020)…Read More

September 09, 2021

Decolonizing Space: What <i>The White Lotus</i> and <i>The Chair</i> Get Wrong about Student Politics — by Shayoni Mitra

In this piece, Shayoni Mitra, who teaches at Barnard College, Columbia University, provides a direly needed critique on two highly-watched and trending shows, The White…Read More

September 11, 2021

Photo Essay: A 1950s Vintage Landmark Struggling to Stay Afloat in Srinagar’s Dalgate — by Mir Yasir Mukhtar

Mir Yasir Mukhtar returns with an important photo essay detailing the struggle of a historic barbershop—the New Rose Beauty Salon—to stay afloat in Srinagar’s Tange-adda…Read More

September 12, 2021

Into the Wide Blue Sea — Two Poems by Arnab Chakraborty

Arnab Chakraborty presents two poems fueled by two of the greatest themes in literature—death as dissolution and love as captivity—both of which are addressed in…Read More

October 01, 2021

<i>Her foot is its own kind of tree</i> — Four Poems by Robert Hirschfield

When Robert Hirschfield was 37 years old, his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Over the years he became her caregiver and eventually began a poetry…Read More

October 10, 2021

The Dust Never Settles Down — A Poem by Saba Zahoor

On World Mental Health Day, Saba Zahoor presents a series of verses that venture into the center of struggles and experiences that remain difficult to…Read More

October 10, 2021

Karamat Ali Khan and <i>The Book of Memories</i> — A Short Story by O. Kashmiri

In this fourth installment of the Karamat Ali Khan series of short stories, O. Kashmiri returns with a compelling fictional account of how Karamat gathered…Read More

October 11, 2021

A Movement in Kashmir’s Historiography: Reviewing Khalid Bashir’s <i>Kashmir: Looking Back in Time</i> — Dr. Javid Ahmad Ahanger

Dr. Javid Ahmad Ahanger reviews Khalid Bashir Ahmad’s “Kashmir: Looking Back in Time (Politics, Culture, History)” (Atlantic, 2021) situating the author’s work within a larger…Read More

October 14, 2021

The All-Knowing Made Us Know Pain — Four Poems in Four Acts by Sadam Hussain

Set upon a dark stage that Kashmir has invariably become, Sadam Hussain presents four poems that read like four acts of a macabre tragedy—except there…Read More

October 15, 2021

Just Another Bus Ride — A Short Story by Aashna Jamal

"Just Another Bus Ride" is a story of a twelve year old girl in Srinagar who is very hungry at the close of school and…Read More

October 20, 2021

When Death Begins to Mourn for Life — A Poem by Asima Hassan

Dr. Asima Hassan brings us a touching poem that addresses the loss of life as it relates to the bond between a mother and a…Read More

November 07, 2021

<i>4 SHADOWS</i>: A Solo Exhibition by Azim Hassan — A Kashmiri Artist Looks Back from Hangzhou, China

Inverse Journal introduces “4 Shadows”, Azim Hassan’s solo exhibition recently held at Daye Art Gallery in Hangzhou, China. The exhibition gathered ten years of Azim’s…Read More

November 07, 2021

<i>Elegy in which I am bidding everything adieu</i> — A Poem by Eniola Abdulroqeeb Arówólò

Inverse Journal presents these haunting verses by emerging Nigerian poet Eniola Abdulroqeeb Arówólò, in a poem that attempts to seek distance from the lingering grief…Read More

November 13, 2021

Locating a Kashmiri Aesthetic Online — An Interview with Kashmiri Aesthetics

Kashmiri Aesthetics is an Instagram channel run by young Savi Bukhari, who created the space to explore visual, literary, and textual aspects of Kashmiri culture…Read More

November 28, 2021

I mourn for memories at the entrance of a wound — Two Poems by Oyekunle Ifeoluwa Peter

Oyekunle Ifeoluwa Peter presents two poems with the underlying themes of grief, loss and pain, all of which are ontologically located within the geography of…Read More

December 02, 2021

The Possessed — A Short Story by Rayit Hashmat Qazi

In this short story by Rayit Hashmat Qazi, a theatrical demonstration of military might plays out over the Kashmiri sky while down below strange events…Read More

December 09, 2021

TORTURERS R US — An Essay by Christopher Hirschmann Brandt

Christopher Hirschmann Brandt presents an extensive reflection-as-indictment on the practice of torture by nation states, and in particular the United States of America, which he…Read More

December 10, 2021

The Engraver at Panthchowk — A Poem by Mashood Rather

In Mashood Rather’s poem, a mother seeks her son and a son seeks his mother, with the two kept from each other by a spectral…Read More

December 12, 2021

End of the Day — A Short Story by Shabir Ahmad Mir

Shabir Ahmad Mir presents a short story that unfolds in an undisclosed setting, with characters that lack proper names. The absence of specificity in this…Read More

December 16, 2021

How to Care for Delicate Purple Petals — Four Poems by Martin Pedersen

All the way from Italy, Martin Pedersen presents four poems that explore memory and experience in four unique ways. From memories of a mother and…Read More

December 20, 2021

Untitled — A Poem by Dustin Pickering

Dustin Pickering presents a short poem whose "general spirit"—as the poet suggests—"can resonate across different subjects." One of these, in the least, is the irremediable…Read More

December 20, 2021

Dialogue in Comics: Medium-­Specific Features and Basic Narrative Functions — by Kai Mikkonen

From The Narratology of Comic Art (Routledge, 2017) by Kai Mikkonen. Abstract by author: Conversation is a basic element in the medium of comics, where…Read More

December 20, 2021

Wandering Through the Alleys and Making Sense of Central and West Asian Remnants in Srinagar — by Subhajit Pal

Relying on research and interview material gathered during his stay in Srinagar, Subhajit Pal discusses Kashmir’s historical connection to Central and West Asia as it…Read More

December 22, 2021

Monologue on the Sea — A Poem by Olayioye Paul Bamidele

Olayioye Paul Bamidele presents a poem "about the need for black people to unite irrespective of tribe, culture or tradition." According to its poet, the…Read More

December 24, 2021

Literariness and Media Art: Theoretical Framing — by Claudia Benthien, Jordis Lau, Maraike M. Marxsen

Abstract: Literariness suggests a certain quality within texts that "makes of a given work a work of literature". The various literary devices that establish correspondences…Read More

December 29, 2021

Martha Argerich: Third piano concerto & “Suites” Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev — ARTE Concert

Star Argentine pianist Martha Argerich performs Prokofiev’s third piano concerto with the French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Myung-Whun Chung. Also on…Read More

December 29, 2021

Making Sense of the Word: Kashmir — Four Poems by Danyal Hassan

Danyal Hassan presents four poems that—in trying to make sense of the word ‘Kashmir’—develop a manifesto-in-verse against the nauseating exotica and orientalist framing that Kashmir…Read More

December 31, 2021

Books and Songs That Carried Us Through 2021 — by Inverse Contributors

As we come to the end of this difficult year and enter the new one, Inverse Journal has asked its contributors to participate in a…Read More

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