It is essential to interrogate the wider epidemic of violence.
We will literally be thirsting for water.
There is no shortcut, no quick-fix ‘counter-terrorism’ operation that will disappear all of the bigots and guns.
Across the world, the politics of hate thrives because of economic crises endemic to capitalism.
Ours is a regime of dispossession that cannot be divorced from a larger global political economy story of rapacious profiteering.
The scenes from India are the latest reminder that capitalism’s crisis is worsening.
Formal bans do not translate into substantial dents.
We can’t imagine being a society that produces doctors like Cuba.
We can bring to the fore truths about a shared past.
Those demanding ‘azadi’ are moving society forward.
Our tryst with enforced disappearances is old news.
Only grassroots movements with transformative potential can take solidarity politics to the next level.
So long as invoking domestic and foreign ‘enemies’ is our ‘normal’, expect our tryst with praetorianism to continue unabated.
Even where the machinations of the establishment are not as prominent, children of a lesser God can be found.
In recent years, Baloch, Pakhtun, Sindhi and even Punjabi dissidents have been seen as the target of state repression.
On both sides, the farmers have faced repression.
The ‘Big Men’ brand has its roots in the colonial regime.
The US and Pakistan can’t seem to get enough of each other.
Augusto Pinochet and Ziaul Haq set into motion processes that have deeply polarised society.
More popular unrest can be expected.